And now for something completely different?

Yesterday I had an inspirational day at the Baptist Assembly which is a gathering of Baptists from across the UK. It was a really helpful and creative time and it was especially good to have so many people of different ages and backgrounds taking part. Each person’s background and experience shone through as they shared and the event was the richer for having such varied input.

The thing that really stuck with me was a challenge from a young lady who shared in the final session. As well as some other things, she spoke about our need to be willing to do things differently rather than just doing what we have always done.

She reminded us of the time when the disciples had been fishing all night and had caught nothing (John 21). Many of these disciples were fishermen and they had used all their experience and skills but they had caught nothing. Their approach was tried and tested but on this particular night it just hadn’t worked for them.

Imagine their frustration! It is really, really, stressful when something doesn’t work that we know that we are good at.

Jesus shouted from the shore that they should let their nets down on the other side of the boat and when they did and they caught lots of fish. What Jesus was asking them to do made no sense, it went against all of their understanding, experience and knowledge and yet when they obeyed, things changed!

The disciples moved from failure to success and all because they were willing to follow Jesus’ leading to do something different.

Lots of us think we are pretty good at this church thing. We consider it to be an area of expertise, but perhaps like the disciples it isn’t working in the way it used to or new people aren’t coming to faith in the way they once were.

We have a dilemma, do we keep working hard at our tried and tested methods or do we listen for the voice of Jesus?

and now for something completely different monty pythonDo you remember the cult TV classic Monty Python’s Flying Circus? Between the different sketches, John Cleese would sometimes appear and utter these well known words,

And now for something completely different?

What is God saying to us today?

Could it be,

And now for something completely different?

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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