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22nd February 2017

Pete's encounter with God at Sent 2017


Last weekend Miriam and I went to the Sent conference in Norwich. It was one of the best conferences I’ve been to for a long time and as I’ve raved about it to numerous people, they’ve asked me: "Why was it so good?"

I reckon it was sooo good because of three things:

1. It opened my eyes to all that God is doing not just in the UK but across the world.

There is something wonderfully faith-building about being part of a family churches which is bringing God’s Kingdom into towns, cities and villages in many nations across the world. It’s a bit like climbing a hill or a mountain focusing on walking the path in front of you taking one step at a time. Going to Sent was like stopping, turning around, and admiring the view.

Seeing the breadth of what God is doing is truly awe-inspiring and it makes the situations I’m facing seem very small.

2. Being part of a wider family.

Anyone who has been to King’s Church in Norwich will know that the catering is top quality but what really made the meals memorable was the conversation. Half the tables were given specific interest topics such as the prophetic, God at work or visual media. This led to meaningful conversations, which has mean that meaningful connections have been made which I’m sure will continue for years to come.

3. Personal transformation.

Working for the Church means I’m in my fair share of ministry times but during the sessions at Sent I felt God speak to me and deal with me more clearly and powerfully than I’ve had for a long time. I think this was in part due to being in the context of a relational family but also due to the fantastic worship and having teams of prophets present.

All in all I think that this conference will impact me for years to come.  I’d recommend it to anyone who can get there!

If you ask me in person, I’m sure I’ll rave about it more!

For talks and more info about Sent then check out www.wearesent.net


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8th February 2017

Heart Change

A fantastic testimony from someone who attended CCBS last Sunday:

"I came to Church on Sunday, and I’ve been struggling- most specifically with some huge challenges at work. I received prayer and  today the whole landscape has changed within me (so stuff's the same, but I am different…I am blessed).

I feel able, confident and excited. I haven’t felt like that about my work for weeks, probably months.

Its a heart change - the situations are the same - but my heart has changed."

 


Maureen Hopkins

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13th October 2016

Father Heart Conference @ King’s Arms Church Bedford

Last weekend, a large group from CCBS travelled to Bedford for the Father Heart Conference. Nicola McCormick shares with us her experience of this powerful weekend:

"After almost 40 years as a Christian, I would have thought that my understanding of my Heavenly Father was pretty solid. The input that approximately thirty of us from CCBS had at this amazing conference demonstrated that there is eternal revelation to be received of the love of our Father.

One story that was shared at the conference stands out in my memory… In Armenia in recent years there was a devastating earthquake. In one small town, most of the buildings were flattened. A father who had survived the quake began running towards the local school in which his son studied. Upon arrival at the school he was horrified to see that the entire building was flattened and dozens of distraught parents were gathering together and wailing in shock and grief.

Undeterred, he ran to where his son’s classroom building had stood and began clawing at the rubble with his bare hands and calling his son’s name. No-one helped him and many tried to get him to stop, telling him that his efforts were hopeless. Ignoring their advice, this father kept going… 10 hours passed… 24 hours passed… 38 hours later with his fingers in tatters he again called out his son’s name in desperation.

Suddenly, but faintly, he heard a muffled reply… “Dad?... Dad!... I’m here!... I knew that you would come!” The classroom had fallen in such a way that a small space had formed around the son and a few of his friends. All through the hours of fear and suffocating darkness the boy had kept telling his friends, “I know that my Dad will come!”

What a story! What a portrayal of the Father’s love! Even typing it out several days later has reduced me to tears!

Before we went to the Father Heart conference I knew that an intimate relationship with Father God was available. I have been hungry for more revelation of this love, but also very aware of blockages in my heart and some unhelpful patterns of thought that have held me captive to living like an orphan rather than a beloved child of God. Despite these internal hindrances, Father God met me with love and even pride in His eyes!

For the first time in all these years of walking with God I experienced the Father’s love and He has given me rest and deep peace.

As I walk forward from this point I am confident that these blockages and hindrances will continue to dissipate and my orphan heart will increasingly transform to become the heart of a secure and loved daughter, knowing the smile of my Father, safe, protected, affirmed, and full of glistening hope.

Father God invites you to journey deep into His transforming love. Say ‘Yes’ to the journey."


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5th June 2016

Worship part four

This is the fourth of a mini series of blogs we've produced on 'worship.'  You can read the other three here as we explored Who we worship, Why we worship and last time, How we worship. 

Today, we want to ask the quesiton 'How do we worship God (part II)?'

'Every posture in worship says something of both the worshipper and the One being gloried in.’ Matt Redman continues in his book ‘Facedown’ saying ‘The raising of hands tells of a soul stretched out high in praise and the worth of the One being exalted. Joyful dancing interprets a grateful heart and points in adoration to the source of that joy. When it comes to expressing our worship, what we do on the outside is a key reflection of what’s taking place on the inside [and] facedown worship is the overflow of a heart humbled and amazed by the glory of God. Facedown worship always begins as a posture of the heart. When a soul is so captivated by the Almighty, to bend low in true and total surrender seems the only appropriate response.

Part of worshipping God is of course singing and using our voice, like we explored in the last worship blog, however how we worship God is both a posture of our heart and of our body.

Have you ever paused in a worship time and asked yourself what on earth it is you’re doing? It’s healthy to reflect on how you approach and honour the King of Kings - are you developing and growing in your worship? Is your worship more passionate than last year? Has it waned?

The Psalms alone give us nine different expressions of worship; let's explore them here:

Our Voice

1. Speaking – Psalm 34:1 says “I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.”
2. Shouting – Psalm 27:6 says “Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.”
3. Singing – Psalm 47:6 says “Sing praises to God, sing praises to our King, sing praises.”

Our Posture

1. Bowing – Psalm 95:6 says “Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”
2. Standing – Psalm 119:120 says “My flesh trembles in fear of You; I stand in awe of Your laws.”
3. Dancing – Psalm 149:3 says “Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp.”

Our Hands

1. Playing Instruments – Psalm 33:2-3 says “Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to Him on the ten stringed lyre. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.”
2. Clapping – Psalm 47:1 says “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.”
3. Lifting Hands – Psalm 63:4 says “I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands.”

The way we communicate every day with one another has been researched and shows that only 7% of our communication is actually verbal, with 55% of what we communicate being done so through our body language. The same is true of our communcation to and of God. Whilst we are to be guided and helped by excellent worship songs, we shouldn't allow lyrics and words alone to define our worship.

When there is a breadth and depth to our worship, we honour God, lift Him up and make much of Him.

We have often heard it say at church, ‘dont worry about the person next you - bring your worship to God’ - and this is so true. God is so pleased to receive your individual expression of worship, and God is so worthy of it that giving our full self is the only appropraite thing to do.

In everyday life we stand up to honour people, when a wedding proposal is made it is often done on one knee, dancing is a part of culture expressing celebration and many other emotions too, we clap to show appreciation and enthusiasm, and we lift our arms in shouts of joy and exubernace. These motions of the body are normal and they are often spontaneous. However I wonder why they are sometime foreign to our worship?

Be encourgaed, be advenurous, bring honour to Jesus in worship - in song, in prayer, but also in body. Let it be the norm for us at CCBS, that our worship is expressed in ways that are more than words.

The core issue here is not one of instruction, but rather the truth is that we are people who are created to worship, and God who first loved us has done much for us! Our response; indeed my response to His much, is to give much of ouselves.

‘Every posture in worship says something of both the worshipper and the One being gloried in.’ Let it be true of me.


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