Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had the rare privilege of sitting as part of the congregation and listening to the sermon rather than delivering it. It has been a very positive experience with a real sense of God speaking to me. The sermons have brought to mind Paul’s description of what God had sent him to do, to call people from among all Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. Romans 1v5.
We want to change the world, but have to admit we can’t do it! It has to be God, who can do the impossible. By my efforts I cannot increase the number of people the church influences, I cannot impact the church finances. Apart from Christ I can do nothing. What I am called to do is exercise faith; to trust in a God who can do anything.
The starting point has to therefore be faith; faith in a God who can do the impossible.
However it doesn’t end with faith. I am meant to exercise obedience that comes from faith. Faith cannot be passive; it has to be active, leading to obedience.
Faith and obedience are two sides of the same coin, but we start with faith which leads to obedience. It has to be that way round. We can then be naturally supernatural, which is what Ali challenged us to be.
If you want to listen to the sermons preached by Linda Geevanathan and Ali Green they can be found at http://www.hopechurch.co.uk/library.php
WRITTEN BY TONY THOMPSON
Tony is the leader of Hope Church Luton. He works full time for the church and is married to Anne and they have 2 sons.