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A Lovely Person (Dublin Conference)

August 30th, 2011 Categories: blending..., enjoying..., reporting... 4 comments

I returned recently from the International Blending Conference in Dublin. Thank You Lord for another wonderful opportunity to be with the saints in Ireland!

It really felt like a sweet family time – there were about 100 saints there, and every meal time we were all invited to eat together at the nearby (8 minutes walk) church in Dublin meeting hall. I had hospitality with a family where there are three young people and many more at home in their home, and was very cherished by my time with them. The young people were full of life and energy, keeping me young both physically and in my spirit!

Dublin Conference 2011

A number of saints back in London were able to watch the entire conference at the FTTL training centre via Skype, and on two occasions were able to share their enjoyment after the meetings with us in Dublin. On the Lord’s day it was a blending meeting in district 9, with a number of nearby churches, so there were probably another 100 saints who were with us virtually.

The conference was on The Revelation of Christ in God’s Economy as Presented in Psalm 2, and if you read on, I’ll share three points I enjoyed from the five messages of the conference…

Three Points I Enjoyed from the Conference in Dublin

  1. The centre of this economy is a lovely Person – Christ! And therefore, every aspect of God’s economy is personal. This was so fresh to me. I studied the Economy of God in my FTTL classes, I could give you a definition of God’s eternal economy, I have had some experience of the Lord working out His economy in me, and yet when I heard this, it was like a lightbulb was switched on.

    I’ll say it again: every aspect of God’s economy is personal. We will miss so much if our reading of the Word, our praying to the Lord, and even our exercise of the spirit is no longer personal but rather religious. And yet, how easy it is to fall into an outward routine or habit. So we must learn to love, to treasure, and to affectionately spend time with the Person at the centre of this economy, Christ!

    Lord, make every part of Your economy so personal and affectionate in my experience. Please arrange my situation so that I have five minutes to be with You, to talk to You, to fellowship with You.

  2. All things work together for good. This comes from some very well known verses:

    And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

    Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers.

    The Lord is working to conform all His believers into His image. This really is quite a task… just look at you and me! But these verses show that all persons, all matters, and all things work together for good. Praise the Lord :) And the good is not something physical, but our gaining more of Christ and His being wrought more into our being, that we may be transformed metabolically and eventually conformed into His image. (These are not my own words, but are from the footnotes of the Recovery Version, as linked above.)

    This was a timely and pleasant reminder, as I experienced a little of what I heard just a few minutes later when I was trying to set up the audio from London to Dublin so we could hear testimonies from the FTTL trainees. This conference was the first time I’ve done anything with audio visual, and I was already nervous about complications (such as the microphone battery running out halfway through a message!), let alone when it was something we hadn’t initially planned for.

    So earlier, the very helpful hotel staff helped me figure out how to amplify the audio over the PA system. It involved moving equipment to a different part of the room and changing from a wired connection to wireless and seemed to work when we tried it. But after getting into position after the meeting, the wireless was not working! So for a few long minutes, a brother went to get a wireless code (thank You Lord for the Body!), the saints at the conference shared their enjoyment, my heart was pounding, and I was inwardly calling on the Lord and actively experiencing Romans 8:28. And then it all worked. Phew! :)

  3. The announcing of the gospel should be the most personal of activities. Have you thought of the preaching of the gospel in this way? I certainly had not! We should be so entralled with the Lord, so in love with Him, that we spontaneously speak of Him, presenting this wonderful Person to our fellow human beings. Then our gospel preaching is not an activity or a duty, but simply an overflow of our love to the Lord.

In Summary, a Lovely, Wonderful Person!

So these are all quite related. It is not that we promise to do something, but rather we take care of point 1, spending time with and enjoying this wonderful Person. Our love for the Lord increases and He takes care of point 2 so that we gain more Christ through all the different situations we are in. Then this Christ overflows in us so that spontaneously point 3 is carried out and the good news of this wonderful Person is spread. Amen, thank You Lord!

Well, this has been a really good exercise for me to review my brief notes and share my enjoyment with you. Thanks for reading! I still feel like I need to listen to the messages again, and even have more of a desire to do so after writing this post! The messages were recorded, and hopefully will soon be posted on the Amana Trust website, so you can listen to them too :) [Edit: They are now online and you can listen to them here]

  1. JZ
    August 31st, 2011 at 23:31 | #1

    Hey Sarah,

    Just want to let you know that I throughly enjoyed reading this. It is wonderful that such a personal matter turned out for good for god’s economy, a personal matter to begin with and end so much more than personal in god’s plan.

    Jenny Z x

  2. JZ
    August 31st, 2011 at 23:41 | #2

    Hey Sarah, just to let you know that I throughly enjoyed reading this. It is wonderful such a personal matter turns out for good for God’s economy. The beginning is our personal relationship with a wonderful person and the end is so much more than personal, it is a wonderful city and kingdom. All in his plan : D praise him. Jenny Z x p.s I tried to leave comments previously somehow it didn’t go through.

  3. September 1st, 2011 at 10:00 | #3

    Hi Jenny,

    Thanks for the comments! I did get the first one also, it is just that I have it set so that I need to approve them before they appear here.

    Amen, may the Lord be personal, intimate, sweet and affectionate to us in His economy today! :)

  4. mavis
    September 12th, 2011 at 15:51 | #4

    thanks for the refreshments. thank You Lord, You just desire to gain more of us in all situations. work out Your economy in us. amen.

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