Amazing to think this is the 50th edition of Culture magazine. It all began with a conversation that Peter Comrie and I had. I remember thinking; “If Peter doesn’t buy into this idea there is no way this is going to happen.” In a large, growing Church, we recognised the need for communication and information. We wanted it to be the “glue” connecting the CityHill family. We also wanted the magazine from the outset to be a quality publication. Whilst it was “in house”, we wanted it to have that ‘heart and feel’ but not ‘that look’. Thankfully Peter took up the challenge and, from the outset, has driven the process of the magazine and its production all these years. Well done to you, Peter and your team!
Culture magazine has, over the last five years, become the mouthpiece of the CityHill Together family and now makes its way into eighteen Churches around this city as well as to Leicester in the UK, Dallas in the USA and Maputo in Mozambique. CityHill Together is an Apostolic family planting Churches in the city of Durban and around the world. This family partners with the Apostolic team of New Covenant Ministries International (NCMI).
As we celebrate this 50th edition, the lesson is that small beginnings can have significant consequences. God requires simple faith, a “yes” to live our lives, not just for ourselves, but to embrace a vision, big enough to perhaps frighten you a little. This kind of vision leaves room for God to “fill the gap” of our shortcomings, enlarging our capacity. This is critical for our spiritual health.
If you find yourself in a restless and rather tedious space, perhaps the reason is that you have allowed the vision of your future to become dim or possibly too small, limited by your resources or ability. Every time I look at the story of the CityHill Together family I’m amazed at what God has done… an example of ordinary people saying yes to a vision far bigger than themselves and then seeing the miracle of what God can do.
What new adventures are you planning to take? If you don’t exercise your faith muscle to see what potential the future may hold for you, the daily grind of your life will begin to overwhelm you and you will lose the joy and adventure that was meant to characterise the life of a believer.
Practically, that probably means a conversation around the diningroom table making decisions about the future; new career, savings, holidays and other projects that the Holy Spirit may highlight for you. Recently, a friend of ours put his house in a comfortable suburb in an upmarket estate, up for rent, moving to a brand new part of the city to rent a home, having heard from God to go to a place He is preparing for them. A massive change, but this faith step has changed their lives completely. Excitement and adventure have filled their ‘headspace’ and given them a whole new outlook.
John Piper sums it up well: “I am wired by nature to love the same toys that the world loves. I start to fit in. I start to love what others love. I start to call earth “home.” Before you know it, I am calling luxuries “needs” and using my money just the way unbelievers do. I begin to forget the war. I don’t think much about people perishing. Missions and unreached people drop out of my mind. I stop dreaming about the triumphs of grace. I sink into a secular mind-set that looks first to what man can do, not what God can do. It is a terrible sickness. And I thank God for those who have forced me again and again toward another mind-set.”
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