In Matthew 28, ‘The Great Commission’ Jesus instructs his followers to ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’
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The bible is full of examples of people who led extraordinary lives. Over the summer we have had a series of talks in church about ‘bible characters’, all of whom had supernatural encounters with God which changed the course of their lives. Paul, Ezekiel, Esther…does your life look like theirs?
I am writing to invite every church, chaplaincy, small group and school in the diocese to do something very simple but life changing over the next year.
I am asking the whole Diocese of Oxford to read, study and dwell in the opening words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: the Beatitudes in Matthew 5.1- 10.
Many years ago, I was in a church where someone gave the following word from God:
"Seek my face and not my hands"
Just before going on holiday I was given the present of a recently published book entitled ‘Dirty Glory’ written by Pete Gregg. The sequel to ‘Red Moon Rising’, the story of the 24/7 prayer rooms/Boiler rooms movement. Since that start, a decade ago in Chichester, it is now in 12,000 locations in more than half the nations on earth, involving 2 million people!
August is a funny time of year. I still think of it as the ‘holidays’, despite rarely taking holiday in August, and often being more busy, at work covering for those off with school age children and at home trying to entertain children while normal groups stop for summer. And despite, as this year is demonstrating, it not necessarily being the hottest or sunniest month.