…I hope that we will be together in the UK for Pilgrimage 17!
Over 50 people from around the world are coming to the UK, hosted by friends in LifeLine Church. If you are still awaiting your visa, be assured that we are praying for God’s favour to see you travel.
We want you to arrive excited and ‘ready for action’. To help in this we are going to email you every week with an excellent little video and thought-provoking reflection.
Our prayer is that God will speak to you and prepare you for Pilgrimage17.
We want to encourage dialogue around these sessions. Use the comments section to share your thoughts, ask questions and to look at what others are saying. Here’s the first session…Time to Boot Up!
WEEK ONE – Welcome to the first week in our ‘Boot up’ series designed to help us prepare for Pilgrimage 17 in the UK.
Psalm 84:5 says “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.”
A pilgrim is someone who isn’t content to settle for what they have or where they are if they know God has more for them. God is challenging us to keep moving. We need to Boot up because the time has come to move again.
Watch this video…
Here are our questions for the week:
- Write down a couple of the values that you hold dear
- How are these values expressed?
- Do you have someone in your life who helps you reflect on your accurate expression of your values?
- Over the next few weeks is there someone who can help you explore these questions?
What do you think? Write your thoughts, comments and questions below…
Week Two – Are you willing to give up your crown?
Welcome to Session 2 of the ‘Boot Up’: Pilgrimage 17 preparation.
All humanity has been given a crown (power of free will, control, power to please).
In the beginning, God created mankind in His image with the purpose of multiplying and spreading this image throughout the planet. He gave mankind authority to rule.
We have the opportunity to use this power to please ourselves. We can make sure we are protected and provided for, above all else. We like to be in control. We like to be the driver of our lives. We like having our little crowns.
But what if someone else has a right to your crown?…
Join the conversation via the comments below…
WEEK THREE – Money on My Mind
People say ‘money makes the world go round’. Some of us are focused on making money, others on saving it. Then there are those who enjoy spending it. The popular prosperity doctrine suggests you can calculate someone’s faithfulness by the amount of money they have. Meanwhile, to some Christians, money is a dirty word. Interestingly, money was one of Jesus’ favourite topics.
The way I use money and my attitude towards it reveals a lot about me.
Money is a temperature gauge to the heart.
What do you think? Write your thoughts and questions in the comments section below…
WEEK FOUR: The Radical Servant
Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”.
Let’s be clear. Serving is really radical. Totally transforming. For us, as well as those we serve. Serving isn’t something we do when we feel like it, when we have the time or the money. If we think of serving as just a set of actions – we’ve missed the point.
The point? Serving is a lifestyle. Let me explain….
WEEK FIVE: I’ve got the Power
God has all authority.
God’s intention was to have sons and daughters He could trust with His authority to achieve His purpose.
Satan didn’t have power to sabotage God’s plan for humanity. The serpent had to convince mankind to use their power in the way Satan wanted, thus corrupting all humanity. We gave that authority to sin, but Jesus came to win back that authority for humanity. (See Romans 6:16)
In order for us to use our authority effectively, we need to be under God’s authority.
How do we submit to God’s authority?
WEEK SIX: Company of World Changers
We are called to change the world. We are the active ingredient which brings change to the lives we touch and the systems within which we work. But to be world changers we need to be rightly aligned to the pipeline God is using to channel His grace to us.
Let us explore those two points…
1. What does it mean to change our world?
God always wanted earth to be like heaven. Like heaven, He wanted earth filled with His image. Therefore, He put His image on mankind and told them to fill the earth.
Jesus taught us to pray, ‘May your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven’.
Now, wherever sin has seeped, salvation must follow and turn what is bad back into good again.
God is pouring down heaven onto earth and He has chosen to use the church as the touchdown point. (Eph 3:10)
The problem is much of the church is trying to get to heaven instead of calling heaven down to earth.
A world changer engages with the world around them. They are empowered by God to turn bad into good. They fill the world with the image of God by demonstrating what He is like. They love the rejected, comfort those mourning, they defend the downtrodden, they heal and strengthen the weak.
2. What does it mean to be rightly aligned?
WEEK SEVEN: Commitment – Will you go down with the ship?
In the UK, we use the saying that ‘the captain goes down with the ship’. As the top authority on a ship, if the ship is sinking, it is the captain’s responsibility to rescue all his passengers or die trying.
This is commitment.
Jesus demonstrated ultimate commitment to us by dying on the cross for us. Like a good captain, Jesus went down with His ship to the grave. However, because of His death and resurrection, we have been set free from the shackles of sin and death. Which means we are now free to reciprocate our commitment back to Jesus and shackle our lives to Him.
We express our commitment to Jesus by the way we stand with people through the storms of life.
WEEK EIGHT: Integrity, Why is it so difficult?
Integrity means harmony in our words, deeds and beliefs.
James E. Faust says, “Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.”
C.S. Lewis says, “honesty is doing the right thing. Even when no one is watching.”
However, we will never tell or live the truth on the outside if we aren’t nurturing the truth on the inside.
Derek Landy says, “The lies we tell other people are nothing to the lies we tell ourselves.”
The most common lies I am trapped in are those I tell myself. I end up lying through my words and deeds because of self-deception.
Joyce Meyer says, “[The] Hardest thing we have to do is face the truth about ourselves.”
When we choose to take a long hard look in the mirror, we are likely to see ugly attitudes and acts.
The great news is God promises the truth will set us free (John 8:32). And we will begin to see ourselves as He see us.
Humans have mixed feelings towards integrity. We all claim we want it but we are uncomfortable with the cost and inconvenience of it.
Integrity opens the door to truth and truth always brings freedom.
Where will you release freedom today by standing in integrity?
WEEK NINE: Forgiveness
Hurt people end up hurting people. Everyone has a wound to lick. These scars we carry around affect our daily decisions. Sometimes we see those in positions of great power and responsibility making bad decisions based on personal hurt. This shouldn’t surprise us because anyone can carry around emotional baggage. It’s only natural.
Can you think of a time when you have been hurt and someone has advised you to ‘let it go’?
How do you let it go? What if you can’t? What if the pain clings to you like chewing gum on your shoe?
There are countless revenge movies. We all want to see the bad guys get what they deserve. We want to ‘get’ justice. But does this really set us free?
How many movies can you name about redemption? Restoration? Forgiveness?
Imagine how outrageous and attractive those who stand for forgiveness will seem in this world?
WEEK TEN: Love and Acceptance
Jesus was accused of being “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt 11:19). It was a label I think He would happily wear.
Jesus modeled friendship. His love set people free. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector who would have been hated by his village. Jesus publicly threw a cloak of friendship around his shoulders. It was this love and acceptance, which led to a miraculous confession and repentance of Zacchaeus.
We see again and again Jesus reach out to the outcasts of society. So many bruised reeds and smouldering wicks found gentle protection and restoration in His presence. People felt accepted.
But Jesus never ignored sin. He was very clear on calling sin out. He told the woman caught in adultery to leave her life of sin. He didn’t turn a blind eye to the trespasses of the woman he met at the well.
We are called to accept, but not to accommodate. Accommodation excuses sin but doesn’t love enough to see the person set free from the sin that is doing them great harm.
The most effective way to show Jesus to this world is by loving it (John 13:35).