As we head toward our 28th year in our journey here at Victory Christian Fellowship in Waverly Mo. we felt a need to go back to our beginning days and remember why we started this journey. We were in a main stream church, before VCF, loving God and loving each other as best we could but greatly hindered by the structure called church.
We could pretty well predict what was going to happen down to one of the members getting up at 12:00 sharp and walking down the center isle and slamming the big twelve foot tall door as she exited the building. Partly in protest that the service had gone over the one hour time limit and partly mad at her unbelieving husband who would start honking the car horn if she was late.
Truth be known on many a Sunday’s right after she exited we would sense the sweet Spirit of God begin to stir and hover over us as we began to call out to Him to revive us again. We did not realize that in the reviving us the Holy Spirit would allow us to be voted out of that church and told to take our sweet Spirit we had found with us and so in a nut shell that is how VCF began 28 years ago.
So this year at VCF we decided to change our predictable service (minus the member getting up and leaving) and go back to calling out for that sweet Spirit to come and revive us again. I can only speak for us here at VCF but we don’t want to do church without Him the Holy Spirit any more, not that we meant to do church with out him but just to do a service, even a hot service that still has very little Kingdom impact, like lives being transformed and changed forever not just getting a band aid or quick fix from our latest mess or crisis we created by dabbling in sin.(our life with out Him guiding us)
So we decided to do a six week DVD series by Brooklyn Tabernacle Pastor Jim Cymbala called “When God’s Spirit Moves”. We are studying the Holy Spirit again at VCF that same Sweet Spirit that we brought with us 28 years ago when we where asked to leave and take that nonsense(their words) with us. Do we still remember Him the third person of the Trinity the one that still resides on planet earth with us while the Father and Son are seated at the throne of heaven while we make His enemies bow to that name that is above every name JESUS! We are in week three as I write these thoughts down.
It has been an interesting three weeks of recognizing how much the Holy Spirit wants to be a part of our busy lives. Jesus words are still exciting “However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you (into close fellowship with you); but if I go away, I will send Him to you (to be in close fellowship with you) John 16:7 Amplified Bible.
We are crying out for Him to be in close fellowship with us again. We do our praise and worship time, then do a DVD that last about 24 minutes, the DVD has a teaching and a story of a life that has been changed by Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Every story represents a life forever changed “When God’s Spirit Moves”, we then break out into six small groups for about half an hour then close out with prayer and ministry time.
Please pray for us, as we do for you, that this year of 2014 the Holy Spirit fills us fresh and new with His power to expand FathersKingdom in each of our regions.