BlogsThoughts and insights from Jubilee Church Wirral
By a long-time member of the Jubilee Church Wirral family
As I write this, we are on the way to Newday.
A good friend of mine asked me if I was exhausted at the prospect of it. A little bit, I answered. But also excited.
Excited because it’s the first Newday I’ve been to since 2018. That’s four years ago.
Excited because it’s the first one my 14-year-old daughter is attending as a full delegate rather than a child.
Excited because we’re taking 25 young people from Jubilee, some of whom don’t know God at all yet.
They will be sharing the Norfolk Showground with around 7000 other young people for almost an entire week. They’re going to have an incredible time: they always do. What’s even more important is that God will be there too and they will return having had the best possible introduction into being a Christian that they could hope for.
Will they all come back as Bible-reading, card-carrying converts? Possibly not. But you never know – this is God we’re talking about, after all.
Will it change some of their lives? Undoubtedly.
Will we know who has been affected by it and who hasn’t? No.
One of the great things about Newday and other outreach events is that they plant seeds. Seeds that take time to grow and blossom. Sometimes they’re fast-growing seeds, seeds that blossom almost immediately; if those kind of seeds are planted in all our young people we can expect to see a flurry of baptisms and, come September, a church full of spirit-filled young Christians.
We may not see that. But what we will know, beyond any doubt at all, is that God will have planted seeds in all their lives. They won’t be quite the same ever again and what they will have learned will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
One day, some of them will give their life to the Lord completely. Some might not, but one thing is certain: Newday will have had an effect.
It will have changed lives
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Andrew Greenhalgh on the joy of thanking God for the little things in life, from electricity to mince pies.
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Lucas, Asher, Zach and Josh on why they made the decision to be baptised at Jubilee on Sunday. Not to be missed!
Julie on how she struggles with waiting – but how she has got closer to God while learning to wait.
Chris on knowing the mind of God by growing in His spirit and loving others as He loves us.
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Andrew Greenhalgh on relying on God completely and how it completely changed his life.
Michael O’Brien on working for God as a Christian businessman, doing things His way – not the world’s way
Becca Johnson on the meaning of Jesus’ name and the importance of names to God. What does your name mean?
Vernon Martin on worship: Why we should be praying for the gospel to naturally flow from our lips and our actions.
Chantal Robertson on doing what we can to protect our planet without feeling condemned that we’re not doing enough.
Julie Greenhalgh on trusting in the Lord, and being transformed from someone who struggled to make a decision to someone who knew who to ask every time there was one to be made!
Guest blogger Jonathan Kent on the trials and tribulations of the storms we endure – and how we were built for storms!
Andrew Greenhalgh on challenging long-held beliefs and seeing ourselves the way God sees us.
Dave Frodsham on being blessed and knowing God is your comfort and joy and you have real people who care around you.
Nicki Frodsham on running the race with God with endurance – and encouraging others to keep the faith, too.
Dawne Cooper on going through trials, and trusting in God in the darkest times.
Chantal Robertson on being half-French and remembering that God doesn’t make mistakes.
Vernon Martin on the power of the tongue and asking God to heal the scars that words leave on us.
Gerry Mellors on God’s faithfulness and how He promises to work all things for the good of those who love Him, bringing new opportunities to support others through their struggles and trials.
Andrew Greenhalgh on the challenges of living in the world but not taking on its values as our own.
Abi on how, when there are decisions to be made, the best way can often be pushing on doors, seeing if God closes them, and always trusting in Him.