Royal Welsh Show – Y Sioe Frenhinol Cymru
Do re-read those 3 short chapters of the Book of Titus…
Brian adds “These chapters have so much to teach us about people’s attitude to religion and more importantly what the Love of God really means. What did Paul expect Titus to do, and would he be up for the challenge? We look to his words to encourage us as we go about the duties during the show…
Courage to Change
This is a worrying era of diminishing congregations and uncertain times for many chapels and churches in most Western Christian denominations. But we must remember that we alone are not responsible for the future of our faith.. We have to believe that God is in charge and, therefore, be willing and receptive agents of change in His name. In the book of Proverbs we read “Where there is no vision the people perish” (29:18). A vision for the future of Christianity needs us to trust that all will be well if only we follow where the Spirit leads us. And I readily admit that it is not easy for old dinosaurs like me.to envisage what necessary and radical changes will be required.
I am reminded of God’s question to Ezekial: “Can these dry bones live?” (Ezekial37:1-14.)The obvious answer for any mortal would surely have been “NO – there is absolutely no way that could happen!” AND YET they did.
That assurance should give us the courage we need to make the necessary changes to our way of doing things. So it is vital that we, not only ask God to give us a vision of how we might do things in the future, but also the courage to act on that vision. For, without a new and dynamic vision, the status quo will remain. It will only be when we have the determination to fulfil the vision that the dry bones of Christian faith and church, as we know it, can come alive again in a way that will ensure we welcome God’s future plans wherever they may lead.