David McClay spoke at the final evening celebration of the New Wine Ireland Sligo Summer Conference 2014. Here is a summary of his message:
Isaiah 54: 2 - 3 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities."
This is the first evening of something new. The role of the church is to birth new Christians and new ministries. This evening should be all about beginning.
On St Patrick’s Day morning, I was looking forward to celebrating communion. At the beginning of the service, a lady read from Isaiah 54. and God began to speak to me .
At first I thought it was a personal word for my life f. But as the weeks gone by, I’ve concluded that this is a word for our whole island - north, south, east and west.
In all my years, I don’t remember a season when I’ve heard so many stories of people coming to faith in Christ.
“The children of the desolate one will be more than the children of the one who is married.”
Let’s stop putting Ireland down. Let’s stop thinking that significant things for the kingdom cannot happen here. Let’s have hearts that are searching and seeking for a move of God’s spirit. We want to see new people coming into the kingdom and new churches being birthed.
When children are born into a home, things change forever. We talk in romantic terms about our nation and our communities being changed. That will happen as new believers come into the kingdom of God and these new disciples will give their lives for God. We need to be seeking after that day.
If we want to see our nation change, we need to see babies being born, to see people becoming followers of Jesus who will give their lives for the transformation of this nation, so that generation after generation will be won for Christ.
We need to position ourselves and our churches for babies to be born. If you want to sell more beer, then open more pubs! Where are the unreached places in your community and your city?
Let's be bold, courageous and faith-filled. Let's position ourselves for growth and begin to believe for the bigger things. In every corner of Ireland, Let's work towards transformation.
We need to do away with boundaries and borders. There is no shortage of God’s love and His ability to reach Ireland. He is not lacking in any way.
Young and old, unionist and nationalist, north and south. Let us tear down the restrictions we have put on ourselves. We need to tear down the walls. We are often limited by prejudice and fear. Wrongs do not go unpunished but Christ took the punishment on the cross. He has already born the sins of the nation of Ireland. He has already born my sin and yours.
Let's be confident in the cross and its power. We need to realize that Christ on the cross dealt with and redeemed our history. He gave his life for Ireland. Christ died on the cross to bear the shame and sin that separates every person in Ireland from God. He will save anyone in Ireland who calls on His name. God gave His son to die a cruel death on the cross, the Righteous One for the unrighteous to bring us to God. If we want to see babies birthed, we need to tell the story of the cross, and the empty tomb and the risen Christ.
Our God is reaching towards us. He makes broken lives whole. He sets people free from addiction. He heals marriages. He saves lives and He transforms whole communities. That is who He is and that is what He does.
We need to enlarge our understanding of who God is.
Let's rediscover our confidence in the presence and power of God. We can step into all sorts of situations and change the atmosphere because the spirit of God lives in us.
We need to see sectarianism dealt with as we cross boundaries and walls and fences. We need to see abuse and fear and threat replaced with the presence of God and the power of the Gospel.
Let’s do the stuff of the kingdom. We go with the message of the cross on our lips and in the strength and power of Spirit. But we don’t have to think about reaching a nation before we reach our neighbour.
To do list:
- Decide who you are going to reach
- Decide who you are going to pray for every week to come to Christ and start to pray
- Don’t let a week pass without praying for someone for blessing or healing.
- Decide that you will speak the name of Jesus every day and share God’s love every day!
Billy Graham wants to end his life telling people about Jesus. Do it and you will see heaven open. Enlarge the place of our tent. Lay hands on the sick. Look for opportunities to lead people to Christ.