What does it look like to get ready for a move of God?
Have you ever thought about it?
In our daily lives, the temptation for hustle and bustle is real. Can you relate? Yet, the Scriptures call us to prepare ourselves and expect God to move amongst us. In fact, when the Holy Spirit led great men and women – ordinary, everyday believers – He is always using them to “to go before the Lord… to make ready a people prepared for the Lord”
(see Luke 1:17, think John the Baptist).
So, how do we do this individually and as a church family?
Over the next 5 months, we are aspiring to learn, practice, and pray the ideals of Scripture through a simple paradigm called “The 7 Sails“. “We cannot control when the Holy Spirit moves, but we can raise our sails to catch His Wind when He breathes upon us”. The aim is to learn to hear and obey the Lord amidst our own biological families, cluster groups, Family Reunion and Small Group Gatherings.
– the 7 sails –
WORD. PRAYER. VISION. TRAIN. GO. GROUPS. COACH.
MAY // Raising the 7 Sails: CAST VISION
April 26 – May 2 // Esther 1-5
May 3 – 9 // Esther 6-10
12 Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.
3 Then Esther spoke again to the king. She fell at his feet and wept and pleaded with him to avert the evil plan of Haman the Agagite and the plot that he had devised against the Jews. 4 When the king held out the golden scepter to Esther, Esther rose and stood before the king. 5 And she said, “If it please the king, and if I have found favor in his sight, and if the thing seems right before the king, and I am pleasing in his eyes, let an order be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the provinces of the king. 6 For how can I bear to see the calamity that is coming to my people? Or how can I bear to see the destruction of my kindred?” 7 Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, “Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows, because he intended to lay hands on the Jews. 8 But you may write as you please with regard to the Jews, in the name of the king, and seal it with the king’s ring, for an edict written in the name of the king and sealed with the king’s ring cannot be revoked.”
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”