Anyone else get slightly nervous at the thought of praying for people and situations that aren’t in the safety of the local church and Christians who believe the same as you?
Maybe it’s just me, but my heart beats differently, faster, more urgently when I know I am about to “out myself” as a Christian, offer to lay a hand on someone to pray, have a go at saying what I sense Jesus might want to speak to someone who doesn’t know him yet. I know theoretically that our faith works best, is most mobilized and set alight, when we actually live it and apply it out in the world. Who do the safety of church community, but it still feels more unnatural than I care to admit.
What do we do with all Jesus’ teaching about his followers being salt, light, ambassadors, peace makers, good news and messengers of his Kingdom out in the world, with no mention of Sunday services or church buildings as being a necessary requirement?
If the Holy Spirit, the active presence of God with us and in us, is as powerful and loving and transformative as scripture leads us to believe, then surely our testimonies of experiences of the Spirit would be found out in the world, in all the places and contexts Jesus mentions outside of church meetings?
Looking forward to exploring this challenging and life-giving invitation, to believe and live with the Spirit, out of the building and into the city for the sake of the world.
Miriam lives in the Northeast of England in a town called Middlesbrough, where she loves her neighbours and serves her little local church. For work, she travels all over Europe to help local churches make disciples of university students through a UK-based charity called Fusion Movement.