We’ve seen a good number of people attend the city centre meetings over the last few months, sharing with us every week or only once. We’re so pleased to have got to share that time with all of you and it’s been such an encouragement sharing with so many wonderfully talented and diverse people already and we pray blessings on your life and the amazing work you do. On Thursday, we took time off from our usual spot in Costa and our thorough bible study in order for a few of us to gather and share in our first fellowship meal together.
James and Luci are a wonderful couple living around the city centre who have recently got involved in our growing church plant and opened their home for us. We hung out and caught up with where everyone was up to in life over delicious chili, crackers and garlic bread.
In order to learn more about each other and what really makes us tick, we all answered: “if we could have any dream for our lives and the world, with the assumption it was unrestricted by any logical or societal boundaries, what would it be?” We shared visions for a world without discrimination, hunger, illnesses and a world of a diverse, accepting and loving community. It was such a pleasure to take the time to do this and really invest in getting to know each other together as a family, sharing in discussion about passions on our hearts. It’s amazing that even within our small gathering, there are such diverse and heartfelt passions to make the world a better place. Furthermore, God has placed us together in a church family from all sorts of different points in our life, with an overflowing of different skills and knowledge. It may appear sometimes that the imminent tasks in hand can be taking priority, but often for great reason, as everyday we are taking small steps or great leaps to bring God’s vision to the world.
It was wonderful to share together and we were reminded once again that we are all part of the body of Christ. Each of us with the passions and talents that God has gifted us with. These holy desires to see a better world around us aren’t there by accident. God uses everything for His good, and has used many experiences in our lives to build us up in Him and plant ideas, so we dare to hope for how His amazing love can transform more of the world around us. He uses these passions within our careers, friendships and conversations to emulate His love and glory into the world.
1 Corinthians 12 v 12-14: Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
This time really reminded me the importance of not becoming contented and comfortable in my prayer life and lose that urgency to pray continuously. If I am to proclaim that I am part of a greater community through Christ, then my prayer life needs to emulate that. While brothers and sisters across the world still face insecure futures, I need to be praying for God’s peace and protection in their lives and miraculous transformations of situations.
Massive thank you to everyone who is connected to the city centre plant and please continue to pray for it.
If you’d like to find out more information about us and to stay tuned of exciting updates for the city centre over the coming months, head to the CCM: City Centre website, contact Heather, like us on facebook or come along to Costa at 7.30pm on a Thursday evening.
We’d love to have you.
Written by:Heather Chiles