Leadership Journal - August 2016

In the letter to the Hebrews, the writer reminds us that “the Word of God is alive and active.” Hebrews 4:12. It’s a truth we might all agree with, but it is wonderful when you see it in action. It was in only back in May that we finished our sermon series through the book of Nehemiah. I thoroughly enjoyed this series, a series that was incredibly practical and spoke of God’s chosen leader Nehemiah, who was leading God’s people through a period of real uncertainty. It’s amazing how God’s Word through Nehemiah all those years ago, can be a contemporary word for today, that speaks with certainty into an uncertain world.

Over the last 2 months we’ve had some uncertain times. Internationally with the awful scenes of horror in Nice; nationally with the political ramifications of Brexit; and locally with news that the Heywards are moving to Oxford at the end of the summer - wherever you look, the last few months have been unsettling. I can relate personally to this unsettled feeling as well. Gin and I are currently preparing to enter full time training in the Church of England at Trinity College. Perhaps you can also relate to these feelings of uncertainty?

Nehemiah reminded us that at a time when the world seemed set against him our response is always to trust in the one who is certain. When the Israelites and Jerusalem were surrounded by their enemies, Nehemiah turned to Pray and responded Practically to the opposition coming against him “But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.” (Neh 4:9). Nehemiah knew that the Lord is great and awesome and he trusted that God would give His people the victory. But Nehemiah knew that the Lord often brings about His plans and purposes through His people and the command to post a guard day and night, shows the importance to pray alongside the call to action. 

There is a wonderful moment at the completion of the wall, where the nations surrounding Jerusalem realise “that this work had been done with the help of our God.” I wonder Pip n Jay, in the future when we reflect back on these uncertain times, what will our testimony be? I hope and pray that people will see that the work that is happening in and through Pip n Jay could only have been done with the help of our God.

Let’s pray for God's help and guidance in this uncertain time and be ready to respond practically to all He is calling us to be as His church.

-Tom Murray