Kruger de Kock from Canada Water Church in London, England recently sent CMM the following update:
"With your Thanksgiving around the corner, I’ve been thinking about how thankful I am to have known you all these years. I can honestly say that, humanly speaking, Canada Water Church would not have existed without your help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
"You have been part of a larger Gospel network that has held my head above the water over many years and my heart warm to the Gospel in so many ways.
"I thought I’d briefly run you by some of the amazing things the Lord has been doing in and through us. I hope this will encourage you to see how He is building his church here.
"To learn how better to glorify God we’ve spent considerable time studying how and why to worship God. We’ve changed our liturgy to be both more accessible to newcomers while being intentionally aligned to our heritage in the reformed faith. It’s been remarkable to see how positively a post-Christian secular culture reacted to a church full of young people reciting ancient creeds, studying the 10 Commandments, regularly celebrating the Lord’s Supper and often baptising babies. On the whole, the Lord’s day worship with the Gospel blazing at its centre has been the highlight of the year!
"We’ve also been pursuing growing in grace. This theme has shaped much of my preaching and teaching. I’ve had to grow a thick skin as it was suggested that we begin to discuss the sermon passage in our weekly Bible studies. But to my surprise, it wasn’t a time to criticise the minister’s sermon, but rather a time to plant the word deep in us. It’s been good for my preaching as well.
"Giving our lives away is always going to be a hard sell but we’ve decided to start with the leaders in the church. As elders, we had a retreat where confession of sin was at the heart of our time together. When we came back we confessed our shortcoming to the membership and asked them to join us in a process of renewal and giving ourselves. I am so thankful for this but I know this is only the beginning.
"I have realized that what we’re doing here is in the hands of a God who can do so much more than we can imagine."
CMM’s goal is to raise $75,000 through December 31st to support our efforts to spread the Gospel in all parts of the world and give support to leaders like Kruger. Would you consider making a donation today?
Dr. Tom Wood
I've been in the Church Planting business my entire career. I want you to know, you don't have to plant a church alone!