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This Sunday at Healingsprings fellowship | Part 2: Overview of Critical Journey

Critical Journey is the product of a beautiful piece of work by Janet Hagberg and Robert Guelich. It is an attempt to articulate the key stages in the life of faith.

Last week I presented an overview of the topic, then went on to run a test of the hypothesis on none other than the father of faith himself; Abraham. We explored his: recognition of God (stage 1); discipleship (stage 2); and productive life (stage 3).

This Sunday we will delve deeper into Stage 3, progress onto: his journey inward (stage 4); the wall; his journey outward (stage 5); and his life of love (stage 6).

Once this is achieved we will then apply it to our lives through a staged process. To this end The Critical Journey will run as a seven part series, over seven Sundays. We aim to explore, evaluate, challenge, reflect, learn; and draw strength from each other’s experiences as we journey through life.

So why not drop-by for a life-changing experience? This 90 mins might end up being a catalyst for some awesome things.

(6:00 – 7:30)pm

The Art Centre, Drama Room, Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7DA

There are free parking spaces directly in front of the school and on adjacent streets

Our Big Sunday Celebration can be best described as a community Christian festival. So in the spirit of thanksgiving, together we: sing, pray, give, celebrate life, discuss current affairs, present thoughts from Biblical themes, and encourage one another; like one big family!

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Spiritual Intelligence: Blind Faith

who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Good morning friends. Abraham is known to most Christians as the father of faith. His epic story is one that has always been a source of inspiration to pilgrims the world over, and one that still provides that vital boost of spiritual nourishment to trillions living by faith today. He pioneered something new, something different, something extraordinary, something powerful, something of transcending value. He was a seeker; seeking the true essence of his existence, and by divine providence he connected with the almighty. I say by divine providence dear friends because many have embarked on the same quest, only to arrive at the wrong end.

In the words of the psalmist:

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

His faith sparked a flame that caught heaven’s attention; a paradigm shift exemplified by the Canaanite woman when Jesus probed her faith further. This woman had been on the caseload of His disciples, seeking their intervention for her demon possessed daughter, in frustration they were forced to pass her over to Him. When she finally got an audience with Jesus, the following dialogue ensued:

Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Friends, Abraham had an encounter that completely changed his life. One that inspired him to leave his tribe, his people, his past and present; for a future known, yet uncertain. He traded his reality for a big dream, he risked all, living dangerously for something he didn’t fully comprehend himself. But through the process of time, he learnt some invaluable virtues. He had learnt to conquer his fears, starve his doubts, and most importantly; he learnt to be selfless.

Abraham was blind to earthly kingdoms:

for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

So much so that God ratified his faithfulness with a covenant He swore into Himself. So, in closing I am reminded of the words of the patriarchs in honour of his legacy and blind faith:

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

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~ Sabali