Identity: Father

This week we discuss what it looks like to move beyond our vision of an earthly Father, toward the reality of our Eternal Loving Father.

A testimony from Breathe

Laura shares a testimony, her story of what happened one night as she worshipped with us at YLF.

When the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and worship Him, who lives forever and ever. Then they cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

“You are worthy, O Lord,
to receive glory and honor and power;
for You have created all things,
and by Your will they exist
and were created.”

Revelation 4

Identity:Faith

When we need faith, who do we look to? Ourselves? Our own ability to 'get our faith up'? Or do we simply identify in the One who has everything that we need? Guy unpacks this for us.

Identity:Conversation

So, last week, Guy took us through an en-visioning of the moments immediately after the Prodigal Son is given the robe and the ring, knowing there is about to be a party thrown in his honour. His honour?! After all he had done?! After wasting his inheritance?!

As Guy unpacked this, we were encouraged to use our 'prophetic imagination' to work through the intervening moments. There you are, the son/daughter, and the Father is standing there before you. You've scrubbed up, put on the robe, and have this family signet on your finger. What do you say? What does the Father say? What happens in that moment?

When we talk about 'prophetic imagination', we believe that God can harness even our imagination to speak to us. That in fact, using our imagination means God might talk to us in ways that don't even fit our current experiences or world-views. And that this imagination can indeed become a prophetic word over our lives, as God calls things out that need to be created, woken up, restored or revived within us.

And as we did this exercise together, I'm sure there were different experiences for all. Some will have found it easy to imagine a conversation with the Father, some not so easy. Maybe experiences of our own lives can define the ease (or not) with which we can engage in this sort of intimate, life-revealing conversation with Father God.

If you want to explore this whole area more - why not take a listen to the Podcast here and see what happens when you engage with your imagination in this way. We'd love to hear your comments on what happens!

Ephesians 1:17-19 
"I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the all-glorious Father, may confer on you the spiritual gifts of wisdom and vision; with the knowledge of him that they bring. I pray that your inward eyes may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope to which he calls you, how rich and glorious is the share he offers you among his people in their inheritance, and how vast are the resources of his power open to us who have faith."

Identity:Conversation

Guy, as we continue to look at the Prodigal Son parable, encourages us to have a conversation with the Father, as we use our imagination to gain insight to the relationship between Father and son.

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the glorious Father,

may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation,

so that you may know him better.

Ephesians 1:17

Identity:Forgiveness

Kerry talks to us about how unforgiveness can mess with our identity, how we deal with others, and how freely we can live.

Identity:Prodigal

The podcast is back following a break due to some technical issues!

Guy continues our series on identity.

"Let’s have a feast and celebrate."

Luke 15:23

Invitation:Worship

Kev talks about two key invitations which should might the way we worship.

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’

Exodus 39

Liberation - James Sholl

James Sholl Takes us on a journey through liberation theology, and shares his heart for how we should give advantage to the disadvantaged.

Waiting on the Promise - Kev

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;

indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

This week, Kev talks of 'Others who wait' - recognising that there are sometimes those who stand in the gap for us, even when we don't know it. He shares his testimony - if you'd like to see the clip which was shown during the talk, it's right here:

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