Thought for the Week

- August 10

Good morning, in today’s 8 o’clock news a little word stuck out – “Hope”


Rishi Sunak, our Chancellor of the Exchequer, was reported as saying that whilst he cannot save all jobs he “does not want anyone to be without hope.” Amen! to that.


Some need hope that they will be able to return to their own homes after a stay in hospital or nursing home. Others need the hope of a new job after being made redundant. Still others hope for a little more time to say goodbye to their family.


I believe God calls us to be people of hope who have hope and are “hope bringers.”


“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead......” 1 Peter 1:3


I have been thinking a lot about who we are as Paignton Baptist Church, considering what activities we should look to restart as Paignton Baptist Church and also what new things God wants to do amongst us and through us. I believe God has given us a unique opportunity and necessity to reflect upon these two vital questions.


Who does He want us to be?

What does He want us to do?


Can you let me have your thoughts on God’s answer to these two questions?


I will be meeting with the Deacons next Monday and it would be great to hear back from you with your immediate reflections so that we can discern the mind of Christ together. But these questions are always before us and I would encourage you to keep praying, keep asking God for His word to us and keep letting me know what He says!


Thank you and may God bless you,


Pastor Stephen