Are there apostles today? A series by Dave Devenish

The following post is from Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission by David Devenish, copyright 2011 reproduced with permission from Authentic Media.Many years ago, my wife and I were leading a walking holiday in the Lake District (a beautiful region of northern England) with the youth group in our church. We had been joined by a lad, a friend of one of our young people, who had no previous knowledge of Christianity and certainly not of Christian jargon.We held Bible studies each evening and … [Read more...]

What Kind of House? Apostles, their delegates, multiculturalism, prayer, worship, & mission

This is the second part of a set of notes on Terry Virgo's first session at 300 Leaders.  I have previously shared the video and downloads for the whole talk.3. There was Barnabus. He had been sent. The Apostles were staying in Jerusalem. People have written about whether that was right or wrong. But they heard about another church coming to birth. Barnabas was sent as an apostolic delegate. He was known by the Apostles, and he represented them. It was rather like Timothy later on. … [Read more...]

Why I am excited about The Spirit Filled Church

My headache is getting better. I thought I would share with you tonight the video of me speaking about Terry Virgo's new book. This was me speaking to Newfrontiers leaders at Prayer and Fasting. It will give you a good idea of why I am so looking forward to 300 Leaders tomorrow. I just bought my son a ticket as he decided he'd like to come too, you can still check in now as there are a few places left! … [Read more...]

Why is informality a value to treasure in church life? Interview with Terry Virgo

Today's video with Terry Virgo moves onto the fifth of seventeen values that have shaped his ministry for decades. These values are expressed as the kind of church he aims to plant: “A church where God’s presence is prized and where God is enthusiastically worshipped with genuine freedom for men and women to worship publicly in the Holy Spirit, to use spiritual gifts and to participate in ‘body ministry’ ” Here are some extracts from the video, followed by the video itself:"Church is people … [Read more...]

Why do we gather for prayer and fasting?

As you read this I will be at the Newfrontiers Prayer and Fasting gathering. This event is quite unusual, and few movements have something that replicates it. Matt Chandler seemed quite impacted by his visit last year to this event. Anyone who wants to understand Newfrontiers would be well-advised to make a priority of attending one of these events.Why do 800 leaders gather for two days, forgo food and devote themselves to praying earnestly for God to act? Because we believe it is only God … [Read more...]

Mobilise USA begins

So they not only let me into the country, they also let me into the students and twenties conference! Back home in the UK I am routinely banned from going to students and twenties events, even when they call it twenties PLUS as our guys back at Jubilee London do. I suppose that as I do actually turn 40 in just a couple of months, I should not be surprised. Shh...don't tell my American friends or they might throw me out! Gonna feel a bit old over the next few days, unless I just pretend to be … [Read more...]

A year on, and a return to the other country

I have had the pleasure of traveling fairly widely thanks to my job. I travel so often, and at times for such short periods, that I don't always mention on the blog when I am away. But there is one country that I tend to look forward to visiting more than almost any other. I am of course talking about the USA, often referred to affectionately by us Brits as "the other country".I look forward to my trips to the USA because I feel so at home there. I have so many friends there, and so many … [Read more...]

Valuing Grace by Terry Virgo Part Two

This is the second of Terry's videos on his value of grace. You know how it goes by now, here is an extract to make you want to watch the whole thing: "I recall that it was as though I saw a break in the cloud, and saw some blue sky. I suddenly felt that God loves me freely, but it wasn't enough to establish me, and I quickly went back to are you praying long enough, are you meditating on the Bible long enough, and these so-called "means of grace" became duties you have to fulfill. Am I doing … [Read more...]

Valuing Grace by Terry Virgo Part One

For the next couple of days I will be sharing from Terry Virgo's series of videos on the values he has based his ministry on. They are expressed in the format of what kind of church he is aiming to build when he works with others to plant. The third value is: ‘A church whose people are assured of the grace of God in their lives and are clear about the full New Covenant benefits of being in Christ.’ Here are some extracts to whet your appetite for the video which follows: "We tend to forget tha … [Read more...]

Terry Virgo on avoiding drift away from the Bible

I am continuing to enjoy the installments of Terry’s video series.  This segment talks about the various ways in which we can find ourselves drifting away from absolute Biblical truth.  I do encourage you to watch all these videos.  Here are some extracts from today's video:"In an endeavor to be relevant . . . not just quaint and supposedly out of date…it is possible to move away from the unchanging truth. It is important to hold to Scriptures relevance…we have to work hard to translate Bible … [Read more...]