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Patience While You Wait

Don’t grumble, don’t swear. God is patient, and it will be better in the end.

Introduction

As a planet, a nation, a city, a church, and individuals we’ve been through some testing times since we began this study in James. I am so glad we have remained connected during this time, in this way—many of us would admit we’d have fallen apart without it.

I know some of us are just longing for the time when we all get to meet together and worship God. Whenever there’s an announcement about what can open up you’re thinking What about church? The passage today from James can help with that.

I’m grateful too for many of you who have found us and connected or reconnected to Ivy Church in this season from all over the world. Some churches, like some businesses, just put everyone on furlough and are still waiting until they can open the building and go back to some kind of not quite normal. We never saw that as being the plan. The truth is, for any organisation, if this season has not been enough to make you think and act differently, then I don’t know what will ever make you change.

Right from the very start of lockdown I said if you were willing to go all in for following Jesus Christ, to be his disciple, then we would do everything we could to help you lead the church that meets in your house—and that’s not stopped. We are not going to “reopen” Ivy, because it never closed. Actually, we just expanded! We moved to hundreds of new premises all around the world!

The way the world sees church is very different to what the kingdom says church is. The real church is on the rise, not in retreat in these days!

We are of course thinking about how and where and when we’ll meet. That will keep changing. But it’s nowhere near as important as WHY we ...

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Anthony Delaney is a Leader at Ivy Church in Manchester. He is also the leader for New Thing and the LAUNCH conference. He is an author and hosts the television show “Transforming Life.”

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