Mission Log #2

Today in the church we are working with there was a conference on. This conference was a day of teaching on the book of the Revelation of John, the last book of the Bible.

This book is a very interesting one. If you’ve read it, your mind might well have been a little stretched by it. It’s essential message is that God is coming to put everything right. God wins in the end.

In view of this coming judgment, the churches the book is written to are challenged to obey their God, who would one day restore to them all that was being taken from them in the persecution under the Romans.

So today I was in the church with over 50 people who wanted to hear this message, a message of encouragement and of challenge from the bible.

I’ll be honest, I tuned out halfway through. I was really too tired to take too much of it in and kind of lost focus. So I went on a little research trip around the town of Northallerton.

It’s an idyllic market town in North Yorkshire, surrounded by farmland. The people are nice, the place is filled with life. I wouldn’t mind living in this place. Sure, it has it’s challenges like any town: teenage drinking, vandalism and petty theft. Yet for most people this place might be considered a heavenly little town.

The book of Revelation discusses heaven a lot. Heaven is the eternal place of worship, where God is continually glorified. It is from heaven where God sees and judges the earth. It is from heaven where Jesus will come from on his return.

I wonder though, how heavenly Northallerton is. With it’s nice tourist attractions and coffee shops and boutiques. I wonder if this place is really where the kingdom of Heaven, the never-ending rule of the Lord, is really going to come.

Perhaps I cannot answer that question just yet. Perhaps I will have to wait and see.

They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,

and by your will they existed and were created.”

(Revelation 4:10-11)

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  1. Really interesting post this, and you write “It’s an idyllic market town in North Yorkshire, surrounded by farmland. The people are nice, the place is filled with life.”
    I feel that Revelation is really written to these sort of places as much as it was to the original audience.
    Revelation is written to churches that are becoming comfortable within the empire – beginning to integrate and become less distinctive, surely it’s the same for places like Northallerton – comfortable within the empire of consumerism, the empire of political correctness.
    Revelation is like a wake up call to both the first century churches and to sleepy, idyllic little countryside towns, a call to ‘remember their first love’ – God and Christ and to break out of the seductive comfort of empire and start making a stand for God’s glory.
    I assume your remark ” I wonder if this place is really where the kingdom of Heaven, the never-ending rule of the Lord, is really going to come.” is rhetorical.
    God’s kingdom will come to the world and fill the world completely (like the rock in King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream) so it is going to reach Northallerton one way or another, the question is, what will Jesus find in the church there when he comes?
    Will he find a place that has brought  ‘flavour and gleam’ to the town (salt and light) or will he find somewhere lukewarm that he will want to spit out?
    Maybe you are supposed to be part of the equation, maybe part of answering your question at the end is you being part of giving the people of the town a taste of things to come – a snapshot of the coming kingdom.
    I pray the rest of your trip will be a blessing to you and to Northallerton!
    Grace & Peace, may God work through you richly as you encourage people and spread the gospel.

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