2007 is going to be quite a year!! Dare I write that? Even as I do, I can feel unbelief and cyncism rising up within me like bile. How many New Years have I said that and it has turned into a terrible one?! Yet I am so encouraged. The signs seem to be that indeed the tide is turning and the crest of the wave is growing and growing.
Terry Virgo has written his invitation to the "Together on a Mission 2007" and it has some exciting news! He writes:
"Last year those who attended Rob Rufus’s very instructive training track were particularly appreciative not only of the very helpful instruction they received but also the impartation of faith and Holy Spirit activity that was so manifest.
This year I have invited Rob to take three main sessions, with the anticipation that even greater numbers will be further equipped and inspired for our great calling to make Jesus known in our contemporary world".
In an age where paranoia of excess seems to abound in the evangelical world, I am deeply encouraged to be in a movement of churches where the leader and father of the said movement is prepared to make a resounding statement about his hope of the moving of the Spirit in our nation. Far from backing off from men such as Rob Rufus, Terry has given him and Newfrontiers an opportunity that is thrilling. The chance to give three main addresses and the chance for the whole conference to be impacted by the incredible ministry of this servant of God.
My feeling (and it is just that) is that if God is pleased in His grace to visit the United Kingdom again in a tremendous tidal wave of power, I am not sure whether He will be raising up what Ern Baxter called, "Stars shining in their unilateral glory". I think Dave Holden got it right when he spoke at Brighton about our corporate role as "ministers of the Spirit". Dave said himself that he didn't think we should be looking to men such as Rob Rufus or Paul Cain to "do the stuff" anymore. They will indeed set us an example and show us the way in equipping us but the onus rests with us to seek God, to pray for an anointing of the Spirit to move in signs and wonders, to fast, to seek Him and to step out in faith and dare to believe Him!
This wave of new anointing we so long for will come in the corporate. Terry Virgo's invitation could so easily be applied to us as a church inviting the lost in;
"You yourself need nourishment and inspiration. Come and be refreshed in the presence of God. Come and be further trained and inspired so that you can serve God with fresh zeal encouraged by a fresh encounter with Him".
Dare we believe that 2007 will be the year?