Ministry Letter

Rob Writes...November 2019

What does it mean to be a disciple and to lead a servant like life?
As we enter this period of interregnum, and as we start to examine what and who we are as a Church. We need to identify what we have already and what are our desires for the future.
Recently I have been reading several books that challenge us to consider these. We need to ask ourselves what it means for each of us and how are we formed?
This desire to find out about ourselves, very much sits alongside with +Martyn’s challenge of “Everyday Faith”, the recognition that our faith is not just for Sundays.  It has been recognised by people that those either on the fringe of the Church or outside of the Church are more influenced by what they see and experience with us than what they hear us speaking.  To me, this means living a life that can show what a life centred on Christ is like. We are all called to a life of Servanthood, not just those in full-time ministry.
One of the books I have read is called “Servant Ministry – A portrait of Christ and a pattern for his followers.”  It focuses on the servant song in Isaiah 42.  It caused me to reflect on my life and on how I relate to others.  I can only commend it to you.
To be a disciple is to be a risk taker. Our modern consumer society can seem very risk averse – seeking to maximise safety and minimising risk. To truly follow Jesus is to walk an exciting path that requires us to take risks, for us to often step out into the unknown.
But, in this month when we will gather to Remember, to look back and remember those who lost their lives during times of conflict, as we look back, we can also look back with memories of all that Tom has brought to us over the years and I am sure that we will be influenced by these memories as we seek to write our desires for the person we want for the future.
I believe the following verses from Isaiah are good guidelines and reminders of how we should be living.
Isaiah 42:1-3 (MSG)
1 Take a good look at my servant. I'm backing him to the hilt. He's the one I chose, and I couldn't be more pleased with him. I've bathed him with my Spirit, my life. He'll set everything right among the nations. 2  He won't call attention to what he does with loud speeches or gaudy parades. 3  He won't brush aside the bruised and the hurt and he won't disregard the small and insignificant, but he'll steadily and firmly set things right.