Perry and Sonja travelled across to Dublin, Ireland with the aim of connecting and continuing to build our relationship with the church there. We are confident that the investment of the gospel will continue to captivate hearts and bring life.
On Friday evening Perry shared with those who gathered about God’s plan and purpose for their lives.
Reading from Jeremiah 29:11-13, Perry shared that whilst we are living in confused times, God is not confused and He has a clear order to bring in our lives. One thing must follow another. It’s not a principle to follow but the reality of the way the Lord works, just as night follows day.
We read further in 1 Cor 3: 9-15. where we see the Lord is in the process of building our lives and emphasised our need to understand that storms, tests & trials come to try our faith, to mould and form us, not to crush or defeat us. Our foundation must be Jesus Christ, we need the testing fires for the proving of our faith.
We need to avail ourselves of the working of God in our hearts and as He leads us to be obedient to follow Him – to enter further into His plan by denying ourselves, taking up our cross and following Him. Matt 16:24-25.
On Saturday evening P&S were privileged to have time to share a meal with Pastor Billy, his wife Deborah; and their precious family including Deborah’s father who foundered the work in Dublin. It was a special time to get to know each other, to talk and share in an informal setting, building relationships and encouraging one another in the things of the Lord.
On Sunday morning Perry shared about our Call To Be Separated To The Lord.
Building on from Friday night, Perry challenged us to consider whether we were ready for change. We tend to resist change and yet it’s a constant in our lives. We read 2 Timothy 3:1. We are living in perilous and highly stressful times and need to be ready for what’s about to come and need to see what the Lord wants to show us and do in our lives.
In Matt 13:44-46 we read about our need to discover the true gospel – the hidden treasure which is worth losing everything for. We need to discover this in the spirit and allow this gospel to captivate our heart, to become more precious than anything. There is a price to pay.
Continuing, we read from the gospel of Phil 3:7-9 and saw that as we lose our lives for the sake of the gospel, so we gain the life of Christ and are found in Him! Something must take place in our hearts.
The message of the cross is the power of God to change and transform our very lives as we accept it and live it – the power of God to salvation. This change, this transformation comes when we allow the work to be done in our hearts.
We are being built, on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus being the Cornerstone – growing into the temple of God.
Perry closed by referring to 1 Cor 2:1-2 – we preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
What a special time to be with the people of God in Dublin!