Kotahitanga conference in Wellington was encouraging in many different ways. From the powerful testimonies and people giving their lives to Jesus and being baptized. What came through overall for me was keeping things simple. Worship, prayer and the word are the 3 most crucial elements but it’s easy to get away from those things. I would add a fourth. Fellowship. A commitment to Christ is a commitment to a local fellowship. There are no loan rangers in the Kingdom. In the natural, they seem so weak and we can easily be seduced into thinking it’s all about better programs, techniques, growth and marketing strategies. Be bigger and flasher almost trying to compete with the world We can become so easily seduced by the spirit of this age that we can depart from the core of what it means to be a believer. It’s all about intimacy and relationship and connection with God. That comes out of our worship and prayer and His word. Also, there was a lot about discipleship. But the emphasis was on making disciples who make other disciple’s. That’s how the early grew so fast without any modern communications. Just taking what you heard and passing it on to someone else who passed it on to someone else. It resulted in the rapid advancement of the Gospel. John Wimber always used to say the key is keeping the main thing the main thing. Let’s not be seduced by all the other trappings.
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