Anna

Anna

Vem är du?

Anna! Har bott i Svenljunga i…9 år.

Vad vill du ska hända i Svenljunga i framtiden?

Hmm…Att fler människor ska få upp ögonen för en, … eller bli intresserade av den kristna tron.

Vad tror du Jesus kommer att betyda för dig framöver?

Betyda för mig…Det vet jag inte vad jag ska svara på. Han betyder redan mycket för mig, och jag tror att han kommer att betyda mycket för mig även i framtiden.

Annonser

Nisse

Nisse

Vem är du?

Skratt. Vad vill du jag ska svara på det? Fyrbarnspappa, boende i Svenljunga sedan 31 år tillbaka.

Vad vill du ska hända i Svenljunga i framtiden?

Oj. Men om vi säger utifrån det vi håller på med så är det att fler människor ska få upp ögonen för det som kristen tro innebär… om du ska ha ett kort svar.

Vad tror du Jesus kommer att betyda för dig framöver?

Förhoppningsvis att jag lär känna honom lite mer och att han får fortsätta vara min herde och leda mig. Ett kort svar som jag står för.

Gloria

Gloria

Vem är du?

Jag heter gloria Nalutaya. Bott i Svenljunga i sex år nu. Jag ha vart med i kyrkan och cellgruppen i tre år. Jag känner mig inte ensam längre efter jag träffade alla i cellgruppen. Det känns som ens familj, eftersom man ha inte sin familj här i Sverige.

Vad vill du ska hända i Svenljunga i framtiden?

Det känns som Svenljunga behöver gemenskap för alla ålder och genom kyrkan kan bli ett sätt.

Vad tror du Jesus kommer att betyda för dig framöver?

Jesus ger mig hopp i allt jag gör och tror att det blir samma framöver.

Simon

och här kommer nästa…

Simon

Vem är du?

Jag är Simon… Jag är jag.

Vad vill du ska hända i Svenljunga i framtiden?

Jahadu, äh. Jag vet inte. Det är många önskningar.

Är det något du önskar skulle vara annorlunda i Svenljunga?

Att alla ska börja gilla varandra. Att den konflikten som finns ska försvinna mellan människor. Att alla ska acceptera varandras olikheter. Jag önskar också kyrkan och moskén ska samarbeta med varandra, och prata om olika frågor.

Vad tror du Jesus kommer att betyda för dig framöver?

Jaha. Jag vet inte. Nej, jag vet inte, riktigt.

/Fredrik, Tomaskyrkan Svenljunga

Svenljunga

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Den här veckan har jag fått ansvar för pionjärbloggen. Jag finns i Svenljunga där Korskyrkan, Borås, har ett församlingsgrundande arbete. Vi har tre enkla ledord som vi försöker utgå ifrån i vad vi gör och är: Gud, Gemenskap och Ge. Cellgruppen är den mest etablerade samlingen vi har, då är vi 17 stycken i olika åldrar som träffas. Vi har haft vår första gudstjänst/offentliga samling, som vi kallar Söndagsfika och har den andra på söndag. Den här veckan tänkte jag lösa min bloggar-uppgift genom att låta några i gruppen svara på lite frågor, och på så sätt presentera några av dem som är med. Var gärna med och be för oss, det behöver vi jätte mycket.

Fredrik Skott, Tomaskyrkan Svenljunga

Lars

Lars

Vem är du?

Hmr, vad ska jag svara på det? Lars Bernardsson. Född och uppvuxen i Svenljunga. Jobbat på samma företag i 35 år, på Svenljunga Handels.

Vad vill du ska hända i Svenljunga i framtiden?

Det vore väl trevligt om det blir en församling. Och om man ser folk kommer till tro, många frälsta. Har väl egentligen alltid brunnit för Svenljunga, men det har ju inte funnits något här omkring att vara med i. Men nu är det på gång, som börjar från skratch, på ny kula. Känns bra.

Vad tror du Jesus kommer att betyda för dig framöver?

Hoppas tror att det ska vara som det är, ja det är ju det man lever för egentligen. Sedan har man ju sina upp och nedgångar i olika perioder.

Team verse Network

Living in a new place, meeting all sorts of people and dreaming of what God wants to do excites me, energizes me and motivates me to explore. I have been meeting many great people who are desiring to do good and acknowledge God. The longer I live here, the more aware I become of the needs great and small. You see the strongholds that exist within the culture and patterns of lifestyle. I have often been asking myself how do I take steps towards what God is showing me? How do I discern from all that I see to what specifically is God asking me to join Him with? How do I be supportive and work with others within the city yet be aware of my own limitations with relationships, energy and time? I have had moments where there was victory and breakthrough in conversations and other moments of extreme disappointment and departing from someone unsure if I would work with them again.  Through this, I am learning the difference between team and network, the need of both and the need to understand expectations from those around me as well as myself and what I can offer.

I believe biblically that team is important. Jesus sent the disciples out in 2s. The apostles worked as team seeking the Spirit’s leading in guiding the early church. I also grew up playing sports with a team. I love team. I want to be a team player. Why am I getting frustrated with team? I am learning the importance of distinguishing the relationships I have with different people and groups so that we can define to what level do we work together.

For the church plant end goal I am labouring towards I want and need a team. We, as a team, are looking to define the end goal and what it looks like at every level, the mission and purposes of why it exists, the values it is built upon and the goals and objectives accomplished at every stage.  We have agreed doctrine of beliefs and how we believe to live them out.  The team needs to define our language and culture and be living it out so that we can one team on one playing field with the same sport – the same model and methods. With this group we can collaborate at every level and have expectations of each other to work through every hurdle. We are committed to God, the work and each other.

As I am learning more about the different people who are labouring for the gospel, I am learning more about network. There are like-minded people who I respect, admire and learn from. Yet the reality is that they have a commitment to their work, their group of people and their way of doing things. We do have a common ground of theology and biblical principle where we can work together, brainstorm, process and learn from one another. We can facilitate a network of different denomination, different models and different methods so that we can see God’s glory displayed throughout the city with each of us doing our part.

There are some people I do not want to work with. I don’t want to be mean or judgmental. I love people and believe God can use anyone who is willing. Yet I can not partner to any extent with leaders who do not see Jesus as Lord and Savior or see the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. I will not compromise on the gospel and the commission that Jesus gave us. I will pray that God removes false teachers from the city. I can love and respect people, but I will not network with them and certainly not consider working on their team.

So here is some more food for thought with some of the different areas the Lord has been speaking to me and teaching me how to think and consider different aspects of church planting. May God help each of us grow a healthy team to work in the trenches with closely, a network within the city to allow for a greater unity of the body of believers to be displayed and discernment for relationships that do not need our time and energy.

Written by Sarah Bedi, living in Luleå

Yes Lord, remove the idols

Some of the lessons I continue to learn as I desire to the Kingdom expand!

”It’s not your old life you want back; it’s your old idols you want back, and I love you too much to give them back to you.”

A friend recently gave me a book entitled Jesus + Nothing = Everything. A man testifying to the gospel transforming him through a journey of obedience. When we follow God’s leading, there is the desire that everything will unfold smoothly yet that is not always the case. People who once fully supported a decision and direction will begin to question and sometimes even slander us. Change is not easy. Obedience is not easy as it often is counter cultural. When everything felt hard and there was no end in sight, the author cried out to God in weariness, fear and anger. The response was the quote above.

I am encouraged to be reminded that God loves me too much to allow myself to get caught up in all the ”what’s not” happenings around me and constantly inviting me to focus on the ”what is”.  As I look to see a new church planted and thriving, I can find many reasons to be discouraged. It’s not moving fast enough. People don’t understand. How do I describe where we actually are today without exaggerating? Maybe some people no longer want a church plant. I don’t see this and I don’t see that. I want to describe the work so that I could look like I know what I am doing or so people can think some kind of way about me. If my mind stays focused on what is not, I find the need to defend, prove or justify something.

Instead the truth is that I can find so much encouragement by what is. As I look in the scriptures and observe how it worked over time, God was never in a rush. It always came back to what we have in Christ. The journey of making God known does not supersede my own walk with Jesus and daily being transformed by the gospel. How am I am modelling transformation so that those I am influencing see it and desire it? What idols am I longing to cling to rather than discovering deeper freedom in the gospel?

How does this relate to church planting? The current work in so many ways is encouraging. Yet when I look at what is not, my gaze and focus can be turned toward unhelpful concerns.  Learning how keep my gaze focused on Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to remove idols that would hinder my own life from being transformed is a great place to be! If I desire a healthy growing church to exist, it begins with a community being transformed by the gospel and every member cultivating other discipleship relationships seeing the same thing. If the gospel is not transforming us as individuals or a community, then the desire for a church plant can become its own idol.

I don’t want my old life back and I know I don’t want idols in my life. May the Lord continue to have His way with me so that He may be glorified in whatever way it looks.

Written by Sarah Bedi serving in Luleå. bedi45@gmail.com