New Wine

The Game Before the Game

“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you”
Joshua 3:5

This is the second in a series of posts on summarised Lessons from New Wine – United 2014. @kenjcosta spoke on the verse above in Week 1 of the conference.

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What the world needs, we have – “Remember Jesus Christ raised from the dead“.

There is a season coming when God will move in power. We must prepare; we must consecrate ourselves – where God plans, God prepares. Before we take the game to the world, we must play the game which comes before – we must believe, and prepare.

A440, which has a frequency of 440 Hz, is the musical note A above middle C and serves as a general tuning standard for musical pitch. Jesus is our ‘A440′ who resonates the purest pitch which we must follow, lifting him high as the Light of the World to banish confusion.

AAA, stands for Access All Areas, and if we allow the Father, Son and Spirit into all areas of our lives, He will power our ministry into all areas of the world.

Acting in Jesus’ Authority, an authority conferred in special favour by God, we accept His anointing – customized to the responsibilities to which God calls us; not to be held back, but to do a new thing in His name and for His glory, for a missional purpose – to be sent, not left searching.

Anointing precedes preparation; preparation for appointment; appointment to take action. David, anointed with pure oil and dedicated to God, went back to the sheep for 20 years before becoming King: pastoral preparation prior to leadership.

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Consecrate Yourselves

Seven Life-Transforming Words

“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead”
– 2 Timothy 2:8

This is the first of a series of posts on summarised Lessons from New Wine – United 2014. @johncoles1, the outgoing Director of New Wine spoke on the verse above to open Week 1 of the conference.

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For someone in Christ, it is not what we do, but who we are – a beloved child of God – which gives us significance.

Jesus baptises us with the Holy Spirit and endows us with the love of the Father. He included you and me, unworthy as we are, to be saved by grace if we put our faith in him. He loves the unlovable, he includes the excluded, and when we put our faith in him, he saves sinners.

‘Christ resurrected’ is the good news we have, the message we must preach, because it uniquely and supernaturally shows just how much God loves us – enough to give his Son to be put to death to defeat our sins – and it gives us our sure and certain hope of eternal life in him.

Declaring this truth glorifies God, and saves the lost.

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There followed a video testimony from a lady wondrously healed of blindness the previous year, who then recovered from debt through the ministry of Christians Against Poverty. John then challenged us: can we, the church, become known for miraculous happenings in all of our communities; in us, through us, around us; in our friends, and in our communities – to the glory of God, to testify to: his love and grace; to Jesus’ sacrifice; and to the power of the Holy Spirit he left with us.

Remember Jesus

#FF @compassionuk ‘Follow Friday’ Haiku – Hope for the Children #compassion #sponsorachild

Hope for street children –
Benefactor sponsorship
Compassionate love

by @faithunlocked

dedicated to @compassionuk

#FF @CAPuk ‘Follow Friday’ Haiku – Be a LifeChanger #ChristiansAgainstPoverty #bealifechanger

Against poverty?
Working with those trapped by debt –
CAP are changing lives

by @faithunlocked

dedicated to @CAPuk

A Child’s Faith

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
– Matthew 19:14

Upon our return from New Wine, our 9-year-old daughter wrote the following words:

‘2nd August

When I was laying in bed I felt different. Braver than usual.

I felt like I understood God more than before. I felt like I really knew God is always with me.

I felt changed.

I felt like New Wine 2014 had changed me.

I felt like God has poured the Holy Spirit right through me, from my head to my toes.

And I feel like God could do the same to others, not just me.

For God is always with us.’

Reblog: My seriously subversive week

I love New Wine and had a wonderful week in Somerset myself.

Jesus’ love for us should naturally lead us to love others, and for His church to love the world. Loving individuals make up a loving, united church. How did Jesus reach the broken, the embittered, the hardened? He loved them.

Subversive Suburbanite

Mud-free camping this time Mud-free camping this time

Every July we head off to New Wine in Somerset – a several-thousand-strong national gathering of Christians – for a week of camping, teaching, worship and not enough sleep. We always enjoy it, but this year was especially good due to a wonderfully unexpected element of subversiveness.

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Back Home and Blessed!!!

Hi everyone!

The campers return! We had an amazing week of wonderful worship, authoritative teaching, meaningful ministry and the glorious loving presence of God: Father, Son, and Spirit.

Thank you everyone for your kind words and prayers while we were away. I’m looking forward to sharing more about and from our week, and catching up with what you have all been writing about while we have been away!

Week 1 of New Wine was a fantastic blessing, and Week 2 starts today for thousands more from all corners of the world; we were so sorely tempted to try to stay on to join them!

Grace, peace, love and blessings to you all!