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Over the last month, it has become quite obvious that King’s Church in Cambridge is experiencing the activity of the ministry of the Spirit in a new and exciting way. The church has long been a place to witness genuine charismatic gifts in operation and to learn how to improve in their use, but the last few weeks has seen this move to a different level. Week by week, and certainly not just on Sundays or in church meetings, men and women are being confronted by  Jesus Christ, who is dramatically healing the sick, touching lives for the good, and speaking through revelation and wisdom gifts, leaving some guests quite shocked and having to re-evaluate their worldview. People are healed by the laying on of hands, a simple petition, or even a brief but persistent prayer over the telephone. Prophecy is spoken with love, humility and accuracy, many times including some ‘impossible to know’ information. As Paul wrote in First Corinthians, the guest who enters finds “the secrets of his heart… disclosed” and “he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you” (1 Corinthians 14:25). It is not as dramatic as that at Cambridge but certainly close.

I had the privilege of being at the Church over the weekend. I am its former Minister. The anointing, for those who believe that they can sense such things, is obvious as soon as the service begins. I don’t believe we should call this anything like revival – it is very small, and in fact, it is just the church ‘warming up’ to that which should be normal Christianity after all! But I do want to encourage anyone in the Cambridgeshire area who has a deep emotional or physical need, or is hungry for the reality of God’s Kingdom today, to pay King’s Church a visit as soon as possible. Personal miracles aren’t guaranteed and never are, that would be foolish, but a presentation of God’s love and power is. You’ll find out when you get there.

To God be the glory!

Mattersey Hall

After thirteen years of preaching, teaching and serving in pastoral leadership at King’s Church Cambridge, I will be moving on and have recently accepted a full time position at Mattersey Hall, the Assemblies of God National Ministry Centre, starting January 2014. Young men and women come to the College from all over the world to be prepared for church leadership and I have been asked to play my part in mentoring and preparing them for the work of Spirit-filled ministry. Among my duties at Mattersey Hall will be teaching Christian Doctrine, Communicating and Understanding the Bible, and Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies. I will also be the Archivist of the Pentecostal Library, the Donald Gee Centre, where many of the original documents are kept from the twentieth century Pentecostal revival. Most importantly, I see my role as inspiring, fathering and encouraging students in grasping good biblical truth while learning how to move in the power of the Holy Spirit.

From September 2013, King’s Church will enter into an exciting period of transition. Jane and I will often be ministering on Sundays, but room will be made for a new team to be established under new leadership. The name of the new senior leader at King’s Church will be published shortly before Christmas 2013.

We ask all our dear friends to pray for these next few months as the transition takes place and for God’s blessing to be upon all! These changes are never easy but there is a good sense of anticipation at King’s for the future and we are confident that the Lord is with us all!

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Often in the New Testament we read that upon encountering Jesus or the Early Church the people were “filled with awe.” We’ve had a saying in Cambridge for a while – hopefully, not a catchphrase or soundbite, but a heartfelt prayer – “Lord, we need the awe back!”  Despite common usage, few things in life are really awesome. According to Webster’s Dictionary, awe is: “an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder, that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime.” Another reads: “a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder.”

In the Bible, great acts of God inspired a deep awe in the people, leading them to praise God (Matthew 9:8; Luke 5:26; Psalm 65:8); sense God (Luke 7:16); share God (Luke 1:65); and seek God  (Acts 2:42-47). That’s why we need things to be awesome; not to entertain the crowds but to transform people’s broken lives. Awe speaks louder than anything to say: “God has come to help” (Luke 7:16).

This week, one of my prophetic friends was at work, making casual conversation with a builder in the men’s toilets. Suddenly, the Holy Spirit revealed all manner of private and personal details about the builder, which my friend dared to share. He was a complete stranger to him and completely unchurched. Everything was accurate, and the man – totally shocked and grasping the taps – exclaimed: “How do you know all this stuff?” My friend went on to pray for him and assure the man of God’s love. He pointed him to his local church. Awesome!

This may sound incredible but it leaves one suspecting the Holy Spirit might want to do much more, that those who come to church might say “God is truly in this place” (1 Corinthians 14:25) while others with whom we mingle for the Gospel might say, as they did in the Bible, “We have seen remarkable things today” (Luke 5:26). After all, it’s not just a song. Our God is an awesome God!

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It is exciting to be around modern day people with a genuine gift of prophecy. I’m persuaded that some of my friends and colleagues in the Christian ministry are bona fide prophets, as described in Ephesians 4:11. This has been my special privilege for the whole of my Christian experience and I am convinced that wherever I go, whatever I do, I will be in their company. They are usually very ordinary people. They don’t have ‘prophet’ on a business card. They don’t carry a holy staff, or even have beards. Most of them are just humble, ordinary people.

I am concerned, however, that there is very little resource to encourage these modern day prophets in their gift, especially ‘face to face.’ Those who plant churches often mingle with fellow church planters; pastors have their Ministers’ meetings; but for the prophet it can be a very lonely business. Like any heavenly gift, it is freely given and is of grace. But it does not arrive as a fully working download, ready to go. There are no ‘plug and play’ prophets. The gift has to be developed, stretched and exercised. There is much to learn; many mistakes to avoid! We can learn to hear the Spirit in a clearer way. We can develop and improve – we ought to, given that we are representing the Lord in a very direct way.

I recently had coffee with a fellow practitioner in the prophetic ministry. We had both been experiencing the word of knowledge lately and we spent some time encouraging one another to be braver and try to go further in this ability. It was quite a unique conversation, and left me hungering for more.

So here is my question: Are there any UK prophets out there (or ‘those who often prophesy’ if that is easier to say) who would value some special time together? Iron sharpens iron, so prophet sharpens prophet. Perhaps we could create some safe space in which to meet, pray, provoke , support, love – even correct – one another. So that we can excel in a gift that God wills should build up the church (1 Corinthians 14:12).

If you’d love this, please make contact with me and let’s explore.  Could be spiritually profitable!