A community of love is a unity in that God’s working is expected with perseverance.
„Elijah said to Ahab: „Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound from the rushing of rain.“ So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. And he bowed himself down to the earth and put his face between his knees. And he said to his servant: „Go up yet, look toward the sea!“ And he went up and looked and said: „There is nothing to see.“ After a while Elijah said: „Go again!“. So seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, that his servant said: „Behold, a little cloud, as small as a man’s hand, is rising up from the sea.“ And Elijah said: „Go up, say to Ahab: „Prepare Your chariot and go down, so that the rain does not stop You!“ And it happened in the meantime, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. And Ahab came to the chariot and drove to Jezreel.“ (1.Kings 18:41-45)
Our pastors in Bonn have just come back from a very inspiring conference with
Russell Evans, who heads a community of 10.000 members in Australia.
Very impressive he described, it was normal thirty years ago that a large church had 300 members and a normal church 30-60 members. Today the major churches in Australia have 10 – 30.000 members and a church with 300 is considered small.
It were not human concepts or strategies, it was a mentality of faith-hunger and persistent expectation of God’s intervention by the believers in Australia.
Clear and inspiring he explained, based on the mentality of the servant of Elijah,
how such a mentality looks like:
Confidence in the promises of God even if the fulfillment is not yet seen,
Confidence even if the circumstances do not look like an answer to the prayers.
The servant trusted in the man of God, who sent him seven times, although nothing could be seen (Trust in Your leadership!).
Trust in God, that God can create a huge rain, made even by a small cloud of a fist size.