What a great joy to have the Manly Life Church team plus some supporters come last night for our first evening of worship in our new venue. I think I would be echoing a fair bit of sentiment last night to say that this new church has huge potential.
- Firstly we serve a great God whose kingdom is being established throughout the world. Woody Allen once said 80% of success is just showing up. I sometimes think that building a great church is mainly just putting your hand up and saying to God “here I am” and “let your kingdom come”
- The venue is brilliant. I love the fact that we share it with so many different community groups. I love the big hall for our services, the adjacent hall and outdoor area for kids ministry, the big kitchen, break out rooms, parking, undercover eating area with tables and chairs… even the synthetic lawn bowls green. I can imagine what a fully alive church would look like on a Sunday. The worship and teaching, the prayer ministry, the hanging out after for a meal, building community, loving one another!
- People, people, people! God is gathering a community together to serve him, love one another and reach the lost. Every individual loved by God, brimming with potential and gifts. What a great group.
The Apostle Paul calls himself the refuse of the world, he says the gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. Your kingdom come!