Gifted for God’s Glory
TACKLING THE GIANTS: Influencing your world
by Jill Marie Cooper
It’s been a joy with Jill Marie Cooper bringing her special gift to KT this passed year; from solos on a Sunday to performing at the recent Naomi Children Fund concert – whilst catching her passion in letting everyone know, whenever and wherever she performs outside the four walls of Church, that God is the driving force behind her life and source of this Gift!
Let’s hear a little more from Jill and her journey…
I came to Christ in 2009, when I went to visit a friend in Canada. It was definitely at a time in my life in which I was pretty broken for many reasons, and the trip resulted in me giving my life to the Lord, which then led me on a path of learning about the things of God and his purposes for my life.
I am a singer by trade, and I also write songs. As I started to learn about the things of God my message and the things I was writing about started to change.
Not out of religion, but out of recognising my own pain, and wanting others to know that they are not alone.
Up until my walk with God began, I had tried for so long to fit into the ‘music industry’ ideas of who I thought I was ‘supposed’ to be, but was always left feeling empty as a result.
Slowly but surely God started transforming me and I wanted to tell a different story. One I believe is more in-keeping with where God is now taking me. It is an ongoing journey to trust God wholeheartedly in my career, but one that is more than worth it.
The crazy thing is that the more I focus on God, the more he continues to bless me in my career. I believe he wants us to have wonderful careers and lives, but I also believe he doesn’t want those things to have us. I have learned the difference and often the hard way! Along my journey, I had the amazing opportunity of appearing on The Voice. Though I wouldn’t say I was as strong in the Lord as I am now at that point in my life on the show, God always showed himself strong in my weakness! I remember will.i.am himself asking me, “What is your driving force?” to which I responded “God’’.
The more I started to make God the centre of all I do, the more opportunities started coming my way. A year and a half after I appeared on The Voice, I starred in a musical called Love Beyond playing the part of Mary Magdalene at The Brighton Centre and then Wembley Arena the following year! The show was a real turning point for me in the faith as I worked with some people that loved God more than anything in the world.
It was inspiring to see, and it challenged me in the best possible way to pursue Jesus more and more. In the show I had the honour of playing Mary at the moment that she is the first person to see the risen Christ, and as a result she falls at his feet. The show brought me into a more intimate relationship with the Lord and affected me in a profound way. I am currently working on my own original music, and I really feel that Gods hand is on the project.
Some of the Kensington Temple core worship team musicians are part of my live band. I am currently an independent artist, and I invest into my own music with the money I earn from various functions that I get to do.
I am excited about this next season in my career, and I hope to share the Gospel more and more with the people I meet in my line of work. I often evangelise to musicians as they drive me home from late night wedding gigs. It doesn’t get any more raw than that! ❖
We’re equally excited to see where God will lead Jill in the months and years to come. Link up with Jill yourself on Facebook, and keep abreast of all her latest music and video’s through her You Tube Channel.
Congratulations to Rev Mark Ryan, and his wife Kathy, who has been appointed to Kensington Temple as the new Senior Minister from 16 October 2021. The long search for my successor is over and I will soon be able focus on my wider prophetic and apostolic ministry to the nations.
[2 minute read] Every day, battles rage as nations or people groups try to establish supremacy over parts of the earth. Most people believe that ‘might’ will triumph over ‘right’ in the end, but Jesus suggests something different:
Over the last year, our church family has learnt a huge amount about doing things online, and our work by the ‘Giants’ groups in equipping our church did not slow down. Now, as more and more of us return to places of work, we are reminded of our harvest field with the number of close relationships we tend to develop in the workplace.
[3 minute read] “God is So Good” says Julie as she shares her story of his presence taking her from immobile in her hospital bed back to independent living.
[3 minute read] “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). Discover the first steps of your discipleship in the Christian faith as you embark on this life-transformational course.
One night, I was listening to a worship song about being free and surrendering all to God. Whilst listening to the words I began to pray and asked God to feel his presence.
[2 minute read] Senior Minister Colin Dye has launched a pioneering online Bible school for the converts from Islam in Central Asia and Caucasus. The Bible school is using Colin’s Sword of the Spirit video series which has been translated into Russian as a study material, and it includes live interactive teaching sessions where believers in the region can find answers to difficult questions.
[1 minute read] Sunday 18 April was a great day at Kensington Temple as 30 people gathered with family and friends at 2pm, first for a reminder of previous teaching on baptism and then to be ministered to. Some had the joy of being baptised with the Holy Spirit immediately before going through the waters of baptism.
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Many of us know Roberts Liardon. He s a great friend of Kensington Temple and has visited many times. Less well known to us personally, but playing a vital role in his ministry is his mother, Carol, who passed away earlier this month. Click for video from Colin Dye.
[ 3 minute read] Back to the office as the roadmap to ending lockdown unfolds
Monday 12 April was a very big day in our country as it marked the re-opening of outdoor cafes, restaurants and pubs, as well as hairdressers, gyms, and swimming pools. Seeing the High Street busy and shopping and town centres come alive again, one senses a cautious sense of euphoria.