reflections on the first interest meeting

I really enjoyed it!

Mostly because I love you guys and it was just a pleasure to spend an evening together. Even better, we got to dream and pray about what our good and generous God may do in and through us both westside and southside.

It was good to hear the reality of the hard work involved sink in but not sink enthusiasm.

It was also a joy to hear the excitement about the possibilities, the newness of it all… and the prospect of looking back in two, three… five years and considering with thankfulness what God has done. (Always a good thing to do!)

There is much to nail down in terms of shape—partly because we don’t know what we’re going to look like as a launch team. But our shape must be love! It must be love because that is God’s purpose for us, it is what he brings about by his Spirit, it is the mark by which we are recognised as Jesus’ people, it is God’s desire for our relationships with those around us, it commends the gospel as we increase and abound in love for one another and for all.

Pray God we get to see him demonstrate his sovereign mercy to many as we await the coming of our Lord Jesus who rescues us from the wrath to come.

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