Woke up at six with a chronic head ache. Took it as a sign that I shouldn’t go to the R ‘n’ B and Hip Hop evening tonight! I was never going. I’m thrilled that we’re doing it, but I’m not going. Bit too much like your Dad dancing at the school disco. Not that mine ever did that, good man!
Stopped work mid-morning to witness Diggers’ first performance in an assembly. He’d been cast in the role of the Daddy Bear. They were doing Goldilocks. He remembered all his lines, delivered them with all the expertise of a seasoned pro and made his father very proud. Rosslyn had a surgery so she missed out. Headed off into town to meet up with Lee in Nero’s. We’re co-leading Saturday’s meeting. We worked through the full script of what we’re going to say and how all the consituent elements of the evening fit together. There’s a lot that’s happening, which to my mind means that there’s a lot that can go wrong!
Treated myself to a Croque Monsieur in Gazette. I’d earnt it! I love sitting in Balham reading, writing and observing. So I sat outside to eat. The town centre seemed unusually busy for a Friday lunchtime. I wondered how many go about their business with no saving knowledge of Christ. It’s probably because I’m preparing a sermon on Luke 13, but I did want to ask ‘Lord, are they few who will be saved?’ It seems that way, doesn’t it? Most people in this neck of the woods have either never heard the gospel in a way that they can understand or they’ve dismissed it out of hand. There seem to be so few followers of Christ in this part of the world at this stage of history. It was revealing that when we did the filming people were comfortable with other people bothering with Jesus but saw no need to bother with Him themselves. People simply failed to see the relevance of Jeus to their own existence. As a church, we’ve got lots of work to do. But wonderfully, this week has shown that there are lots of opportunities and people are more willing than we might have anticipated to talk about spiritual things. The street questionnaires that we’ve got planned for a few weeks’ time could turn up some interesting conversations and contacts. I’m convinced that we need to reach out to Balham more than we are. We may not have friends who live here but why would we limit our evangelism to our friends. Wasn’t that Jonah’s mistake?
Keep hearing positive feedback from people at CCB who brought friends to events; texts, phonecalls and e-mails. Some seem surprised by the positive response from people who came! Theire guests have enjoyed it and that was unexpected! We’ve become too negative in our expectations. What’s not to enjoy about a man like John Lennox dealing with the whole science issue in a way that’s responsible and helpful?
Worked on the sermons in the afternoon and got them to a place where I could leave them for a bit of final fine tuning over the weekened.
Got the kids down after Bible story. Rosslyn went to bed at 8pm feeling rough. I ate alone! Caught a bit of Sport Relief, parts of which were very funny and other parts were hugely moving. The most hard hitting mini documentaries were those by Russell Brand and Chris Moyles. Images of twelve year old kids caring for their two younger brothers because both parents have died does something to you. Made me wish we could depict a soul suffering eternal torment in hell. The BBC have worked out that if you want to get the British public to dig deep into their pockets then showiung the horrific reality of some people’s lives will put our ‘sacrifice’ in context. We can’t take a picture eternal suffering torment even though it’s for real. But one of the things we need to keep ever before us is the horrific fate of those that die without Christ. The lukewarmness of our evangelistic lives, mine included, can only be helped by a healthy dose of eternal reality. We need to recapture the deep seated conviction that hell is real, that’s it’s eternal and that it’s horrible. If I’m convinced of these things then I can’t be a detached bystander as life moves on. Went to bed with these things on my mind.