Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Guess what happened at Salvation Army Boundless 2015?

I have heard the chit-chat and the small talk. I have overheard some powerful times of prayer. The Salvation Army Boundless experience in London is well underway. The International Congress, celebrating 150 years, is buzzing. Though, for those who are not there, you may want to hear what has already been happening. Let me offer you some insider information, hot off the press!  

Allow me to start with this: You can change the world, but the fact is, you need to first believe you can. Actually, let me take a step back. Before you even believe you CAN change the world, you need to believe it needs changing. Maybe that goes without saying. One look at the National News and you should have that box ticked off. Though, implicit by the little action of some Christians presupposes an inherent belief that the world is just fine the way it is. Well let me suggest, that the WORLD NEEDS CHANGING.

Followers of Jesus are called to reconcile the world back to Christ. Some Salvationist friends bellow out the words, 'Win the World for Jesus.' These words, in the midst of post-Christian, secular societies are confrontational and create unease, but does that make them any less relevant and poignant? To reconcile creation, to the fullness of God's plan for it, is exciting, bold and absolutely a cause worthy of a whole-life commitment.

So let me say, as I wander through the hustle and bustle of The Salvation Army Boundless International Congress 2015, let me highlight some Spirit-led moments and bit-sized thoughts for you:

  1. If we do not disturb the present, we cannot reshape the future.
  2. We commemorate the past, but we do not idolize it. 
  3. An officer tried to lead a security guard to follow Christ. Maybe tomorrow will be more successful.
  4. We must be willing to take a risk in the present. Innovation is not optional, it is mandatory.
  5. Worship in a Salvation Army context, was historically described as 'raucous' (Dr. Roger Green).
  6. Confession followed by repentance. I think we need some of that. Don't entertain me, challenge me. Don't tickle my ears but make them burn with the sounds of salvation.
  7. Coffee is not necessary for salvation, but necessary for holiness. (Yes, I just wrote that. That's unofficial theology).
  8. Random prayer meetings of 3-4 people are happening within the O2 Arena and foyer. Very surreal.
  9. God can do immeasurably more than anything we ask or imagine. True. Though listen to the whole thing: 'God can do immeasurably more than anything we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us... to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen!' (Ephesians 3:20-21). God can do amazing things, through his POWER within US! We are God's chosen vessel to DO the amazing things! Wow! Think on that for a moment.
  10. I am inspired by the energy, the love, the dynamism, the faith and the authenticity of Salvationists I meet.
  11. From the Philippines, to Scotland, to the U.S.A. to the Africas... God is stirring up The Salvation Army.
  12. The Salvation Army has a destiny.
  13. Jesus is coming back soon.

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