"For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea.”
Can you imagine there being a day that the whole world knows, and loves, Jesus? It seems surreal to think about. Do you have people in your life without faith? Can you imagine them coming to Church with you, talking about prayer, or raising their hands with praise beside you? For me, those people are my family. I think their faith is in there, maybe, just hidden away under a few layers. I believe that they know of God, but do they really know Him? I pray all the time for them to truly experience His love and truth in their lives, but sometimes it seems like I’m making a wish as I blow out candles instead of praying in faith that this could be a reality.
Prophets, disciples and even Jesus himself tell us so many times throughout scripture that one day everyone will know God. Do you have trouble believing that this can happen? The scriptures, particularly around this time of Advent are used to stir our hearts for what is to come. Remember, Isaiah was written around 700 years BEFORE Jesus was born but he starts to tell a story to the people of the time (and us!) of the person, the saviour, who will be coming to us soon. These words spoken in Scripture aren’t just a high hope, or a maybe-this-might-happen. These words to us are a promise. Advent is a season that is supposed to peak our anticipation and excitement. Not just for baby Jesus to be born, but for what it actually means for Christ to come into the world, our world, and how we have been forever changed since! We can start by recognising our own need for a Saviour and keep preparing our corners of the world to be filled with the knowledge of the Lord.
This Sunday's Scripture readings:
ISAIAH 11:1-10 | PSALM 72:1-17 | ROMANS 15:4-9 | MATTHEW 3:1-12
Do you ever wonder if you are too young to lead? Or too old? Somewhere in between? If there’s anything I’ve learned about leadership it’s that each stage and age of leadership offers a unique perspective and a unique gift.
Students crash down from mountain top experiences because we focus on the journey up, not the journey back down to everyday life.
I don’t know about you but my post-conference week has been brutal. I miss you all. I miss chilling out in the festival with you, I miss the random conversations that start in the food line, I miss the rallies with the incredible speakers and I miss worshipping our God with you.
Love the worship of Ignite Conference 2017 and want to get it all in one place? Well here’s the list of songs that emmanuelworship played!
Yesterday someone asked me what I expected to get out of the Ignite Conference, and I didn’t have an answer. After working (what feels like 24/7) in the office and at home, I'd forgotten to stop, and prepare by heart. I’ve been working at such a rush, that I was actually preparing my heart to rush through these next few days, without even looking up.
The Gospels are four books of wild trekking through Israel by Jesus and his crew, and honestly, Jesus called his disciples into some radical places. He drew them close and sent them out often, and each time He did so it was with a purpose and for a mission.
I’ll never forget the first time I experienced Adoration. I went into the room not really understanding God or what faith was truly about. I had been going to church since I was a child, I’d gone through a Catholic school and been at regular youth groups, but for me, it was a ‘community thing’ not a ‘spiritual thing’.
I tend to be a pretty serious person. Anyone who knows me will probably roll their eyes at that statement, cause look – I do crack a lot of jokes. But I think a lot. Kind of non-stop. It’s really easy to cracks some jokes. But it feels pretty terrible when you feel like a joke.
A few years ago, I was a small group leader for a group of year 12 guys. There were about 13 or so and for the first few sessions conversation was slow and shallow but eventually they began to open up and share about their lives and the journey they were going on over Conference.