The aim of the conference is to receive an “apostolic mantle” (a mantle of authority by the Spirit of God) for Australia. Rolland Baker, together with his wife Heidi, is carrying one for the nation of Mozambique (and they reach many other nations) and, at the conference, we want to be on a journey of humbling ourselves and exercising faith for an impartation of what God has placed on Rolland.
Lutheran Renewal is a national renewal movement within the Lutheran Church of Australia and twice – at key junctures – God led us into repentance and made us specifically repent of looking down on Pentecostals, especially what came to be known as the “Toronto Blessing”. We will tell more of the story at the conference.
God has been teaching us a lesson on Christian unity and its blessings. We know that we are unlikely candidates to invite and encourage others to share in repentance and unity because we have such a troubled track record on unity even with fellow Lutherans. But this is probably God’s sense of humour.
Which church or denomination do you keep at a distance? You may even have issues with Lutherans but none of us are perfect and we believe that there is no advancement into the fullness of God without humbling ourselves and repenting of our disunity.
The journey is worth it. God give us a heart and grace for our nation, Australia. In addition we want to stand together with our overseas guests and believe with them for their nations.
John 17:20-23 [NIV]: “… I pray … that all of them may be one …
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one … they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
1 Corinthians 3:16 [AMP]: Do you not discern and understand that you [the whole church at Corinth] are God’s temple (His sanctuary), and that God’s Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you [to be at home in you, collectively as a church and also individually]?
1 John 2:9-11 [NIV]: … Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.
Ephesians 4:3-13 [NIV]: Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace … until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.