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Prayer Army trip to Christ Church Clifton. 90 of us went to pray Original Design Prayer for 60 young people. Brilliant evening. Thank you Jesus. ... See MoreSee Less

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Fresh art in the chapel! Thank you Malcolm Bourne for this gift, painted in 2014 when we had a visit from the Korean prayer team and Archbishop of Canterbury.
Four Rivers
11th September 2014

Acrylic on Board

By Malcolm Bourne

The rivers in Genesis 2, Ezekiel 47, John 7 and Revelation 22 form four images of spiritual rivers that have significance to Bristol. Bristol is a place of connection for all four rivers.

Each river has a slightly different form. Genesis was the first, the source of the river almost like a fountain celebrating Gods goodness. This passage also depicts the branching of four different rivers. Ezekiel was a still deep river with trees on the bank bearing fruits and leaves for healing the nations. John was the human river, a river of power like a wave. This is depicted in the painting as a hand and called the Korean wave in response to the South Korean prayer missionaries. Revelation is glorious water, a crystal sea forever spreading like the Genesis original design.

The depiction in these scriptures is that the source of every river is a temple. Genesis the garden temple, John the body temple, Ezekiel and Revelation a temple building. The centre of this painting also has a temple; Temple Meads is the central train station of Bristol with its Cathedral like building and water canals running under it (meads meaning meadow). It also has much symbolism being a centre for travel, people coming and going on a system of river like routes. What God creates in Bristol will travel to London and beyond.

The circle on the painting surrounding Bristol Temple Meads is a compass showing the North, South, East and West. As Jerusalem had the physical gates (as depicted in Ezekiel) the spiritual version in Bristol could be significant. Who are the spiritual gatekeeper’s of Bristol?

Wells, rivers, gates, temples, waves, provision, healing, trees and revival are all strong themes that God could be highlighting for Bristol in this season.
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Thank you Silas for fantastic teaching this weekend. We're struggling to find an analogy to go with this video...
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People of Peace

words by Chris Bond

Understanding Jesus' teaching on 'people of peace' has been liberating for me. I'd previously felt an uncomfortable pressure to have uncomfortable conversations...

So how do we bring the good news of Jesus Christ to people who don’t know Him? Who do I talk to? When? How? What if they don’t want to know?

When Jesus sent out His disciples ‘on mission’ He told them that there would be people who would be ready to receive them. These would be people who would welcome them into their homes, feed them and would want to hear their message. Jesus said not to keep on moving around but to stay with these ‘people of peace.’

When we’ve got our heads around this we recognise people of peace throughout the New Testament. There is the ‘woman at the well’ in John 4 who had burning questions about how she could worship God. She introduced Jesus and His disciples to her whole village and many of them believed in Jesus. In the book of Acts there are Cornelius, Lydia, the Philippian Jailer, all of them people who are hungry to know Jesus.

So how does this work for us? Who are the ‘people of peace’ in your life? Do you need to spend more time with people outside the church so you can find some people of peace? Many of us have had to rethink how we spend our time and which relationships we invest in.

Understanding Jesus’ teaching on ‘people of peace’ has been liberating for me. I’d previously felt an uncomfortable pressure to have uncomfortable conversations with people who didn’t want to know about Jesus. Sharing my faith has now become more of a partnership with Jesus, discovering where He is already at work in someone’s. I’m loving making strong friendships with people outside the church.

 

Read:    Bible – Luke 10, John 4, Acts 10, Acts 16.11-15, Acts 15.16-34

                Inspirational books – Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale

Pray:      Ask God to show you people of peace

Act:        Invest in these relationships, re-orient your diary to spend quality time with people of peace in their contexts

  

“Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’ If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you. Don’t move around from home to home. Stay in one place, eating and drinking what they provide.

Luke 10.5-7

 

“There is something about being unapologetically vulnerable and relying on people of peace who welcome us and serve us.”

 

“It can be easy to find a person of peace but never get round to talking about Jesus with them. People of peace love to talk with us about spiritual things.”