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What do you think about when you hear people mention the word time?
Recently, at a Golden Wedding celebration, I asked a ten-
Jesus talked a lot about time. He talked about 'being ready', that 'His time had not yet come' and he talked of the future, telling his disciples they would be without him, preparing them for that time. In all of this there is a sense that he was with them then, at that time, but that there would be more to come. 'Now and not yet' is all about the time to come in terms of God's Kingdom.
The theological concept of 'already but not yet' holds that believers are actively taking part in the kingdom of God, although the kingdom will not reach its full expression until sometime in the future. We are 'already' in the kingdom, but we do 'not yet' see it in its glory. This theology came from theologian Gerhardus Vos early in the 20th century. Those disciples and followers of Jesus learnt about him then and there, but he was promising life eternal, the life to come.
The Circuit Leadership Team has been thinking short-
As you are all now aware, Victoria is seriously ill; we have covered the work the
best way we can but need to look at the short-
So, from short term, quick answers, to current difficulties we have looked onwards in time.
In the mid-
Into the long term. Now we all know the phrase 'how long is a piece of string?',
but long term! In early discussions, we are thinking about creating one central
Methodist Church in Banbury with perhaps hubs in local neighbourhoods. Things have
to be different because we cannot maintain the current position in this circuit,
Let us all rejoice in the here and now, God's presence in our lives and communities. Let us have visions and dreams and pray for the church of the future, for at least fifty years in advance.
With every blessing
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