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A family of radical obedience
 

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July 27 · Issue #88 · View online
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A family of radical obedience

A community of authenticity and interdependence
In Acts 2:42-47, and much of the New Testament, we read of the incredible sense of community experienced by the early church. It sounds wonderful, yet is often far from our 21st century experience. Was it something that was given as a special gift just for that time, but which we should not expect to see today? David Rawlings’ recent experience suggests not.
In June, David was part of the team that paid Risen Light Church, Helsinki, a surprise visit. He told us in a blog post this week that although the food was great, the scenery amazing, and the Holy Spirit active, the thing that really stood out to him was relationship. David writes:
“Personally I have always hungered to be part of a community with that kind of radical obedience to the gospel. A community of believers where the idea of church as a spectator sport simply does not exist. A community of authenticity and interdependence. All with their hand to the plough on a mission that is larger than self. This is what I glimpsed during our visit.
"It made me wonder if the authentic Christian love we read about in Paul’s letters takes root most deeply between those that have determined to lay their lives down for the sake of the gospel - together.” Read more…
This kind of radical family relationship, then, is something we can choose to pursue and to develop. For David, it means he is considering where God might be sending him and his family. What might it mean for you?
Three ways to get involved
There are lots of ways you can be part of a community like this. Here are just three:
1) Invest in the church family you are already part of
You don’t have to go overseas to build deep relationships. You can start right where you are. Ask deeper questions, and really listen to the answers. Give honest answers when people ask ‘How are you?’ Be willing to ask for help, and to offer it when it is needed (including regular serving on that Sunday team that struggles to find volunteers).
2) Join a weekend team to support one of our churches
This autumn we have teams going to Sweden, Latvia and Spain to support our pioneers there during some of their key events. Booking for the Stockholm trip is open now, and Smiltene and Malaga open for booking in August. Find out more…
Pioneer Mission Teams this way...
3) Explore whether God is calling you
If you feel God is calling you on mission, within your nation or to other nations, then the ‘Called to go’ weekend is for you. We will use a mixture of teaching and practical sessions to inspire you, prepare you and equip you for your mission. There will be an opportunity to profile your character, clarify your call and research the route ahead. This weekend will set you up to GO! Book now…
And see the ‘Support our family’ section below for a job opportunity in Helsinki that might be just the opening you need…
This week...
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SHAPE RM Youth
Hey @RMchurches youth leaders - if you're at Newday next week why not come along to the RM youth leaders gathering. Details below https://t.co/tpIujZWtvr
1:19 PM - 27 Jul 2018
Wouter Vertegaal
So excited to have Ben Watkins speaking at the GLO conference this year to equip Both kids and youthworkers & parents to raise the next generation together. Watch this video clip from Ben why you should book in for an early bird ticket by 31 July https://t.co/5RpAGI61CC https://t.co/ciIzD8UL6u
11:07 PM - 23 Jul 2018
Learn about our family
Community Church
We had a great time last Sunday at our Chafford site as we baptised 3 people. Have pool, can travel! So it doesn't matter which site you meet at! Let us know if you are interested. @chadwellchurch @basildonchurch @ockendonchurch https://t.co/hDfG0VZfNc
10:30 AM - 27 Jul 2018
EKerk_Utrecht
Yes! Op 2 september gaan we dopen! Waarom we dat doen? Kom daar op woensdag 29 augustus naar luisteren. Wil je jezelf laten dopen? Laat het weten! #Hoograven #Lunetten #kerk https://t.co/4jQNQtuJ2P
9:56 PM - 24 Jul 2018
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Newfrontiers News
Catalyst Festival 2018: Words of Knowledge from the Kids | Newfrontiers
Support our family
Kevin Jones
Any qualified teacher out there who is eager to explore church planting and would enjoy working part time 20 hour pw in an international school here in Helsinki and helping us plant Risen Light Church? We have a great job in our learning support department for you! @RMchurches
12:49 PM - 26 Jul 2018
Pray for our police forces
The third pioneering situation we prayed for at ENOUGH was not a church plant or gospel plant, but another very special people group: those who work in our police forces.
Watch the video to learn about an exciting new role that Marie Reavey will be taking on this year, then pray for our police:
Enough#11 Broken World - Praying for the Police on Vimeo
PRAY FOR:
  • Protection
  • Wisdom
  • God to break in and his Kingdom to come
Thank God for all those who are willing to put their lives at risk serving their communities in this way.
Pray for your local police force.
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