Keynote: Faith, Hope and Love in the City
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love”
1 Corinthians 13:13
The Kingdom of God requires three things: faith, hope and love.
Faith is seeing the invisible, it is walking not by what we see in front of us but by looking to the Word of God and stepping out in his power.
Hope seeing the sadness and confusion in the world, highlighted daily by the media, and understanding it is not all that there is. That they are not all we are going to experience. We do not deny the pain and heartache of those caught up in the events in North Kensington or London Bridge. Instead we witness to Jesus in all things because we know that, while we don’t yet see it the day is coming which is our hope, the day when Jesus will return in his glory and wipe away every tear! On that day evil will be defeated and we will live with the Father in the new heaven and the new earth.
And love is expressed most clearly when we seek to meet the needs our neighbour without counting cost to ourselves. In this we follow the example of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ – is there a purer picture of love than the Christ who died on the cross?
We can look at the world and know that it isn’t place from which we are waiting escape. Rather, it is our inheritance waiting be transformed, and through the power of the Holy Spirit we can begin to influence it today.
We can express our faith, hope and love every day of our lives. First through relationship. Our fellowship with Jesus Christ is not confined behind closed doors in the secrecy of a church building or your own home. Love is always outward looking and through us it spills out into schools, offices and onto the streets of our city. When we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, we cannot help but to begin to love our neighbour as ourselves.
The second expression is through impact. God created each one of us in his image and issued the command to be fruitful and multiply; to fill the earth and subdue it, so the whole world may be filled with his glory. That’s why we are alive today. We are called to live and work in this time and place to minister for God according to our true vocation – to be disciples and disciple-makers.
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.