Going On With God
As the schools break up for the summer holidays, we look forward to our final meeting at the Village Hotel's Inspiration Suite next week. Thursday 25th July will hear from Gareth Sherwood, the CEO of the YMCA in Bournemouth, who will be speaking about Going On With God - from Strength to Strength!
The meeting will be the last of our present series looking at Discipleship before we take a months break for the August holidays.
Why a Series on Discipleship?
The reason we chose to look at the area of Discipleship was in anticipation of a great response to June's mission; the planning of which began 2 years ago! Then we had heard amazing testimonies that started to emerge through the Christian media - and through the grapevine of connections - as a response to the so called 'Reading Revival' of 2016.
Churches all over the country were asking the leader of the Baptist church involved, to speak at their churches to tell the story of what had happened. Many had then planned similar missions, and reported similar results. Strangely the pastor in question, Yinka Oyekan, presently the 2019 vice president of the Baptist Union, is an old friend of one of our leadership team, and a personal invitation was extended to him, over coffee, to speak at Wessex Filling Station. That event eventually took place in September 2018.
Planning for Mission:
Things began to fall into place for a June 2019 mission tying in with Moorlands College mission week. As a precursor to this Wessex Filling Station planned to look at areas around Discipleship - from the command to go and make disciples, through to the actual outworking of it - all pointing towards the roll-out of June's 'THE TURNING' mission. This was also planned to be part of Mission to England that Yinka is planning - but so many churches want to be part of it that this is now rolling over to a 2 (or 3) year project.
We are really grateful to for the partnerships that were forged through the mission namely Moorlands, Christchurch Christian Centre, and Bournemouth Community Church, who rallied other churches and leaders around them for the outreach. Unity is a wonderful thing!
Great Speakers Inspiring us on...
So began our Discipleship Series! Over the past 7 months we have had a host of great speakers, some living locally and some travelling from afar. In January we had former missionary, and local pastor, Tim Miller speaking about the Gospel and how it is like 'Fire for the Soul' and our 'Fuel for Mission'. Then we had a visit from Africa Inland Mission's mobiliser for the South Coast Tim Heaton, who shared about Jesus' command to 'Go' into ALL the Earth and 'Make' disciples; he highlighted the fact that mission was all encompassing, both local, national and global - to all the ends of the earth ... a sentiment that was shared again recently by one of the founding fathers of Spring Harvest: Doug Barnett, whose life-long study of 'the art of preaching and sermon illustration' honed his keynote address to perfection as he shared how we are 'Called - Empowered - and Sent Out' by Jesus to tell others who are yet to hear the Gospel.
Local pastor Liam Husband shared a relevant and extremely powerful testimony how God had saved him from a life of addictions that had spiralled out of control. He shared how he had run away from home, lived on the streets, with no hope, no future. But God had stepped in, turned his life around, and called him to be a pastor - and minister His grace to His people. Liam is now a happily married father of four, with an unashamed passion for Jesus. He describes himself as 'a trophy of Gods grace!'
Encountering Jesus on the Streets:
Now the local missions are complete we reported in last months e-Newsletter how 159 people had encountered Jesus on the streets, and had been open to the hearing the gospel! And how members of local churches, in Christchurch and across Bournemouth, are beginning the work of discipling these new believers and seekers. Plus, let's not forget the person who came as a visitor to the final celebration in Christchurch's Christian Centre and on hearing the testimonies gave their life to Jesus! 160 all told. And that is just the tip of the iceberg as church leaders involved are committed to continuing this work of mission on the streets to share the love of God with those they meet. Hallelujah!
At our last Filling Station, Dr Ian Kirby of Moorlands, followed-up on the mission and shared with us under the title of 'Making Life-long Disciples - not pew-fillers!' He stressed that we all needed to BE life-long disciples of Jesus! Living each day with Him and being active in the gospel. And that is so true...
Gareth Sherwood - Sweet Inspiration!
This month Gareth Sherwood will share with us at the Inspiration Suite of the Village Hotel, about Going On With God - quite an appropriate title as we end our present series! Gareth was born in Wales and trained as a medical Doctor at The Royal London Hospital, East London, specialising in Oncology, before being called into full time Christian ministry within the Elim church; his passion is to see people meeting with Jesus, and to inspire the church to reach out to those around them. He has previously ministered in Chelmsford, Dundee, London and Brentwood, before moving to Bournemouth where he took up his bi-vocational role withe YMCA and Springbourne Christian Centre.
Recently he was one of the speakers at the Arise 2019 Annual Conference, alongside Roy Crowne, Gavin Calver and Mark Ritchie. Plus he comes highly recommended by our Prayer Coordinator Simon Marsh who says:
"Gareth is a visionary who can not only see the potential in a situation, but can inspire others to share, and work towards, that achievement. I anticipate a really inspirational, and encouragingly challenging, Filling Station meeting which will equip us all to go on with God, from strength to strength."
We hope that you can join us and look forward to welcoming you there!
Date & Time:
25th July 2019 @ *7:30 pm ~ 9:30 pm
*Doors open at 7:00 pm with free refreshments
* Free entry on a first come first served basis.This is NOT a ticketed event.
The Village Hotel Inspiration Suite
There is plenty of parking available on site with a barrier controlled car park for 250 vehicles. Make sure you find out the exit code before walking out of the hotel entrance when you leave!