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AGM, Nehemiah, a man for all seasons.

Rev Steve - 23 Apr 2016


 Here at ASHP on our AGM Sunday, my hope and prayer is for us to replicate the faith, skill and obedience of Nehemiah. In order to do so we must first identify which season we’re in, if we’re in the wrong season we will not inherit the right harvest. Eccles 3 ‘there is a season for all things’

So, in order to establish the task we must first identify the season. Nehemiah was in season, because he was the right man, with the right gifts, at the right time, in the right place, doing the right thing for the right reason with the right attitude for the right God.

Any wonder then that Aristotle would write “Where your talents and the needs of the world collide, there is your vocation.” The needs around us and our recognised gifting will determine what we are to do. As I’m always say, ’Your know what to do when you know who’s you are’ 

This AGM, we need to identify the season, so as to accomplish the task, ‘to sow or not to sow, this is the question.’

At Diocesan level we are to model ‘Transforming Presence’ which we have been doing so by way Reaching out through evangelism. Restoring through healing. Resourcing through discipleship. Releasing through Mission

But, the season dictates further sowing. For we are to:

1) Repair the walls

First and foremost any building project must have a foundation, you cannot build up unless others have built down, and it is back breaking hard work. Previous members of ASHP laid the currant foundation for present construction. As scripture says: ‘Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy, he who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him’ (Ps 126:5-6) 

You cannot have future unless there has been past, as we all stand on the shoulders of the great. The Saints of past modelled what the saints present are to reproduce. The Maggie Moncrieff’s, the John Farr’s, the Joy Gailer’s etc, etc, etc.

We have a mighty task at hand, but we also have a mightier God to lend a hand. The global and local church in the west is in transition. Institutional religion is fast being jettisoned for “spiritualism” but transient people want stability in an unstable world. A God inhabited church is a church being transformed by God, not programmes, philosophies, systems or series'. If Jesus isn’t at the very centre leading, informing, transforming, guiding, guarding and empowering, then all we have is club not Kingdom. 

We may not be able to repair the broken walls of the global church but we can at our local church in HP, and it begins with allowing the healer builder to have His way in our lives first, so we can model what we want others to inherit. It must begin with us, as we cannot give to others that which we do not possess ourselves.

2) Rebuilding the people.

If we are to ‘love others as we love ourselves’ then we better make sure we’re dealing with the brokenness, hurting hearts, splintered spirits, condemning and gossiping and slandering attitudes. To be God’s most Holy people we must be a people who seek to be holy by practising to be holy. My hope is that discipleship groups, teaching, Holy Spirit empowering, counselling and psychodynamic counselling will enable us to do so. To be whole, ‘Sozo’ we must model a wholeness theology “I came that you may have life, life in all it’s fullness” (Jn 10:10)  

3) Reinforcing the message

The spiritual osmosis within the UK is watering down the message of Jesus by way of upholding the words of men. We must not adapt a gospel to meet the needs of the broken, we must defend The Gospel so as to proclaim transformation to the broken. We must not only learn and live out the scriptures but we must defend them amidst present and historic heresies as well as currant universalistic and secularistic attitudes. 

If we are to move forward, we must:

Hunger after God.

in order to join in the 

Dance of God. So as to

Model before others a life after God.

So, let us determine the season. Apply our gifts, so as to inherit the harvest.

We do so by way of hungering after God, so as to remain in God so that we model a life after God.

May thi sbe said of All Saints Highams Park. Amen. 

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