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Month: October 2022

Daring to Hope… for good leaders

From childhood we tell stories about super-heroes who will save us.

It’s easy to point out all the ways that our leaders fail us. It’s almost inevitable, they are as fragile as we are.

What Zechariah knew was that a new leader was needed. He had a job spec, but he didn’t live long enough to see the one who would take the role.

It was Jesus, the one we all need.

Daring to Hope… despite our weakness

God seems to take great delight in using people who don’t feel capable to do remarkable things.

The main reason may be that He wants us to remember that He is doing the work – it’s just that He invites us to be part of it.

So, to those who don’t feel particularly strong, there’s good news. You’re the sort of people that God loves to work through.

Daring to Hope… despite our sin

Most of us suffer from Imposter Syndrome, the whisper that says we’re not good enough. And the voice isn’t telling lies. We mess up too often.

But that’s not the final truth…

Daring to Hope… despite our size

For many of us, our lifetime has seen many churches growing smaller, looking weaker, feeling more fragile and many younger people have grown up thinking that Christianity is irrelevant.

But you know what?

God’s desire and plan is still to have a multi-generational, multi-ethnic kingdom. And our call is to be part of it.

Daring to Hope… in what?

How can the dreams, visions, songs from 2500 years ago help us here in Salford today?

Zechariah, a Jewish prophet, longing for change knew that it could only happen if people accepted the invitation to live as part of a much bigger story. It was a story of hope that kicked against the darkness. That invitation is still open to us.