Community Church Blog

9th October 2015

Book review: Hosting the Presence

As part of my introduction to my sermon a few Sundays ago I mentioned how over the last year it has felt as though God has been slowly turning up the temperature of His preserve amongst us, not just on Sunday mornings but throughout our entire community. People are being saved, healed and experiencing deliverance from addictions and depression. In fact we've seen 27 people baptised in three months. It's an amazing community to be apart of and a privilege to be witnessing God at work.

However, as I said on that Sunday, we have a responsibility to steward this precious presence if we want to continue to see Him increase amongst us. There is a Biblical principal that Jesus shares with us in Matthew 10 when He says, in the context of supernatural ministry, "Freely you have received; freely give."

It's my conviction that God loves to bless and give us more, but He wants to know that He can trust us with the more. It's what the parable of the talents is all about (Matthew 14) and it's a true sign that we have really grasped and understood the gift in the first place.

This entire principle has been highlighted to me through reading this book, 'Hosting the presence' by Bill Johnson. It is a practical and challenging read on how we can both host and steward the presence of God in our lives and I think it is a perfect read for us as a family living in the season we are in. One endorsement of this book was from international author Randy Clark who said "You won't want to miss this read, buy it and experience Him by putting into practice all of wisdom contained in its pages. I believe if books were allowed in heaven, this would be on the best seller list." High praise indeed.

You can buy the book here and if you do, please let us know how you get on.

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Maureen Hopkins
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