Tuesday 20th February 2018
This morning, we continue with our look at ‘breaking camp’ from Deuteronomy.
Deuteronomy 1 v 1 – 8
These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel in the wilderness east of the Jordan —that is, in the Arabah —opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Dizahab. (It takes eleven days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by the Mount Seir road.)
In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the Lord had commanded him concerning them. This was after he had defeated Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, and at Edrei had defeated Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth.
East of the Jordan in the territory of Moab, Moses began to expound this law, saying:
The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. See, I have given you this land . Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”
“Moses proclaimed to the Israelites…”
During our week of prayer we were about to leave the church building one afternoon and there was a man walking around the car park filming. He asked if he could come in the church building and film and we agreed. We eventually asked him why he was filming. He said he used to come to this church years ago when it was surrounded by fields and tennis courts. He then went on to say he was thrilled it was still a church, vibrant in mission and reaching the town. He now lives in Scarborough and didn’t now what to expect during his visit for the day.
The passage from Deuteronomy makes it clear that what we do today has implications for future generations. Moses was preparing the next generation of people that would enter the Promised Land. He was using the lessons of the past to instruct the people of the future. What will the next generation find here at Sawyers Church and will they give thanks for our boldness and obedience?
What is the church that you see?
The second part of our vision for 2018 is to Review our Ministry Team, to give us the flexibility to incorporate other ministries into the church and resource our current ministries. Our Ministry Team is responsible for the outworking of the vision and we want each one of our ministries to have a direct link into the Ministry Team. This will improve the synergy we have between ministries and enable us to encourage one another. (For example – we have a team going to Ethiopia in the Spring, but how can we all be involved in that ministry and how can the children, young people and seniors get involved?) It is interesting that the verses in Deuteronomy about ‘breaking camp’ are followed by how Moses was to assign leaders to help carry the load. Breaking camp would bring increase so there had to be a strategy to cope with that increase. We pray that as we expand and review our Ministry Team it will enable us to outwork our vision to this town.
Have a great day!
Senior Pastor at Sawyers Church