Monday Musings 09/04/12
What a privilege it was for MJ and I to celebrate Resurrection Sunday in the Bread of Life International Church on the outskirts of Kitwe. Pastor Jacob Ntuntu, a recent graduate of Trans-Africa Theological College, has watched the church grow by 100% in just over three years. Over lunch, he shared with us how drunkards have been set free. It is a reminder to me that even the grip of alcohol is no match for the resurrected power of Jesus Christ.
What a thrill for me to preach on the resurrected power of Jesus and witness six young men and women walk to the front of the church and accept Christ as their personal Saviour on Easter Sunday morning. Following the service, the pastor told me that one of the young men who came forward was his neighbour who he had been inviting to church for some time. Yesterday was his day to be regenerated by the power of the resurrected Christ.
What an opportunity I had last week to discover another way of illustrating the word reinvented. For years, my old gold college ring has sat in a drawer at home. MJ got the idea of bringing it to Zambia to have it melted down and formed into another ring. I watched as within seconds a piece of my past was melted down and “reinvented” into a ring that now finds its new home on my wife’s right hand.
It is time that the church stop placing Jesus in a drawer, making Him a relic of the past through our traditions. It is time that the church returns to the preaching of the resurrected power of Jesus Christ and watch as it regenerates lives on a daily basis. It is time for the church to “reinvent” itself by melting down its traditions, taking Jesus out of the drawer, and putting Him back on display on the hands of the Church where He belongs.
Until next Monday…
Taking risks for Kingdom impact!