Park Church, Aldershot

Gods Love and Power Flowing Out

  • Church Lane East,
  • Aldershot,
  • Hants,
  • GU11 3ST

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Leadership Focus 

This devotional thought appears on the front page of the July/August 2018 edition of Park Life magazine.

  Mission Impossible

“Your mission ,should you choose to accept it .... ”

 In Mission Impossible, the operative (Dan/Jim/Ethan/other, depending on  series/film) is given a mission, which they always accept, almost get killed, but end up winning the day. So what is our mission?

In our Saturday monthly men’s bible study, we’ve been using a DVD and  study booklet written/presented by Jeff Lucas looking at Micah 6:8: “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God‘?”

It made me think about other “mission statements” that we find in the bible. Jesus states his mission in Luke l9, after inviting himself to Zacchaeus’ house for tea as “the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” In Matthew 28, we read the mission statement given to the disciples, and to us, the church: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  

Brenda and I recently spent a wonderful ten days on the island of Malta, where we learnt all about the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, who were given the island in 153O, and ruled there for 268 years. As their title implies, they built a hospital, with one of the largest wards in the world - over l55 metres long, and each bed space had its own toilet - more provision than in most hospitals today. They were able to do very intricate operations such as eye cataracts and gall stone removal! As well as ruling the island and building wonderful, spectacular churches (well worth a visit), their mission was also to care for the poor, sick and injured. As a church we want to see “God’s love and power flowing out” to those around us, and we can do this by how we act, by what we do as well as what we say, I’v/e been reading Philip Yancy’s book “Vanishing Grace”, and in that he quotes Wayne Hogg, a pastor who did a series of sermons on the phrase “One Another”. There are 29 uses of that phrase in the New Testament, which taken together, show what a true community would look like. They include: 

  •  Love one another
  • Forgive one another
  • Pray for one another
  • Bear one another’s burdens
  • Be devoted to one another
  • Regard one another as more important than yourself
  • Do not speak against another
  • Do not judge one another
  • Show tolerance for one another
  • Be kind to one another
  • Speak truth to one another
  • Build up one another
  • Comfort one another
  • Care for one another
  • Stimulate one another to love and good deeds.

 Philip Yancy adds “I wonder how different the church would look to a watching world, not to mention how different history would look, if Christians everywhere followed that model.” The difference between our mission and the one depicted in the film/TV series is that:

a) We won’t be disavowed if we are caught! Quite the opposite in fact.

b) It’s not impossible!

Peter Sullivan 

 Past Focus Items

 June 2018 - Barnabas


 May 2018 - Living Bricks


 April 2018 - Togetherness


 March 2018 - The Beauty is in the Present Moment and in the Seeing


 February 2018
 Love, What Are We Going To Do With It?


 January 2018 - Moving On


 December 2018 - Christmas Lights


 November 2017 - Autumn


 October 2017 - The Red Box


 September 2017 The Way Ahead - Part 2


 July/August 2017 - Summertime


 June 2017 - Steering the Boat


 April 2017 - Change Ahead


 March 2017 - One Way - Jesus


 January 2017 - Beyond the Fog


 December 2016 - Be Still and Know that I Am God


 November 2016 - Autumn


 October 2016 - Questions


 September 2016 - Olympic Values


 July/August - Follow the Leader?


 June 2016 - Passports and Priorities


 April 2016 - The Power of Love


 March 2016 - Giving Up For Lent


 February 2016 - What's At The Core?


 January 2016 - The New Year


 November 2015 - Back to the Future


 October 2015 - Autumn


 September 2015 - Standing in Their Shoes


 July/August 2015 - Summertime


 June 2015 - Free Gifts


 March 2015 - Another Brick in the Wall


 February 2015 - Distance Management


 January 2015 - Changing Perspectives