Recently while praying for my church I scribbled down a list of attributes I pray my church and the church more widely will have and will further develop, suitably enough on the back of an envelope. Then I lost the envelope for a few weeks'.
As I have now found it again I thought I would post the list here, in the order in which I wrote it down, in the hopes that it would prove helpful to you as you pray for your church and our church. Of course the list is not comprehensive, but I hope and pray it can be a place to start from. I dearly love the church, it is a wonderful concept, the body of Christ, a series of loving relationships changing the world, working through the world like yeast through flour, to make all things new.
Let us pray.
What I pray my church will be:
Founded in Christ – our sure foundation
a window on another world
learning from the past but not bound by it
preaching the Gospel
boasting in Christ crucified
discipling one another
one as He is one
of pure heart
full of joy in Him
a lamp on a lampstand, a city on a hill, shining for all to see
full of peace
a place of healing
a place of prayer for all the nations
I will leave you with this song I discovered yesterday, which is a tremendous encouragement to pray.