For those of us who are not in London, it is not easy to know how to support. Many of us will have friends and family there, or have some relationship to the city in some way. There will, no doubt be practical ways to support, but here are some suggestions of how to pray:
Stephen: You shall be my martyrs
Acts 7: 48 – 8: 3
Saints under pressure: Jacob, Joseph, Gideon, Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego. Thus far all our saints highlighted have survived the pressure, withstood the testing. None of these characters had it easy, some through their own making, others finding themselves in difficult circumstances. All had a profound encounter with God: whether a stairway to heaven, a wrestling match in the dead of night, dreams dreamt and dreams interpreted, an angelic visitation before calling given, or a companion in the fiery furnace. Stephen in our reading today sticks out as he doesn’t come out of his pressure alive but goes to glory seemingly prematurely. Continue reading
My name is Andy and I’m married to Nic who is also a member of Trinity Church. I work in the social housing sector as an accountant, conducting financial appraisals of new build schemes in the Newcastle region. My hobbies include playing guitar and socialising with friends over cake (lots of cake!)
Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego: Fiery Furnace
Daniel 3: 13-30
Saints under pressure survive and thrive by grace alone. Over these past few Sundays we have begun to build up a picture of not only how to resist the pressure put upon us as Christians but how to overcome it and grow or mature through it. Time alone with God, letting Him alone take the initiative, Knowing He is gentle, trusting Him whatever the circumstances say, knowing His timing is perfect, and believing that God will use all things for good to get us ready for our unique assignment or calling. Last week Gideon taught us that Saints under pressure need to test the guidance they are receiving, be watchful, and exercise faith not fear. Now to S, M & A and their amazing testimony! This is the University of the Holy Spirit at its best!