Ignite was amazing this month! It was a little different, as Joel, Luke and Chelsea weren’t there… Shout out to Ben for an incredible worship time, I could really feel God’s presence working in people throughout the night. Let’s get right into the events of the night…
During the worship, Ben shared what was on his heart about the song lyrics of “I am a Child of God”, saying that Jesus paid the highest price for us and that our fears really are “drowned in perfect love”. This was a very powerful way to open the evening.
Five Minutes Of Fire
Wow, Ruthie! This short preach spoke a lot of wisdom and strength. The main theme was “Personal Peace”, and Ruthie shared so many personal stories where this applied to her life too. She opened with the verse Matthew 8:23-27, Jesus being asleep in the storm with the disciples, and how Jesus gives us peace in every situation.
Her first point was “Peace in the unknown storms”. Here she used the verse Jeremiah 29:11, and that God has a plan for each and every one of us. She spoke about a hard time she went through in her family life and her little sister, Jemimah, becoming ill, and how that was an unknown storm in her life. Ruthie said that even though she seemed to be in a difficult place, God was still looking after her and Jemimah, and He has plans to help us, not harm us.
Her second point was “Peace in the known storms”. Whenever we are going through a hard time, we can ask God for his peace whenever we want, but He wants us to ask for it. God is with you in any storm you face, and when you know that he’s there with you, you won’t be afraid anymore.
Hannah Katherine Moore did the main preach of the evening, and I think this was a very important preach. I’m pretty sure it applied to everyone in the room, as the main point was “REST”. Also, as it’s exam season (Work, Revise, Exam, Repeat…), it was very important to put forward this message. Her main three points were;
1. Rest, don’t rush.
Keep the Sabbath! This means have a day of rest. God did, so we should too! Hannah shared a really strong passage from the Bible, which said “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of the people, not for people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.” And she also said that if it’s not restful and worshipful, DON’T DO IT!
2. Peace, not pieces.
Selah – means to pause, stop and listen. We need to stop and listen to God. God wants to talk to you, He wants you to talk about your day to Him! Don’t stress, serve God first. Don’t spend time trying to make everything perfect for when God comes, He just wants you to sit and listen to Him.
Hannah also brought Sherlock into her preach! In the second episode, “The Blind Banker”, there is a woman who goes to the museum every night to overflow the pottery with tea. This stops the pottery from cracking. In the same way, we need to be overflowed by God’s spirit and peace so we don’t crack.
3. Sit, don’t strive
Solitude – We need to get alone with God! Find a time that works for you to sit down and talk with God. Don’t let reading your Bible become a chore.
Hannah also had some top tips for rest! – Relax, Enjoy, Sit, Time. Relax and be with God. Enjoy and Eat, it’s very important. Sit and talk to Jesus, and finally, prioritise your Time with Him.
The evening ended with a song with the chorus “Oh how he loves us, How he loves us”, just a reminder that God is always with us and won’t leave our side and He loves everyone!