Huron Chapel sends group to Manitoba - Feb. 9, 2017
BY MARK ROYALL
Last week, 11 of Huron Chapel’s finest made the trek out to Steinbach, Manitoba. We joined a few hundred other people from various churches across Canada including, the Alliance, Pentecostal, United, Anglican, Evangelical Missionary, to name a few, for an event called Church Renewal. Church Renewal is a movement coming out of the Southland Church in Steinbach which has a regular weekly attendance of 4,000 people. For the past few years I have had the amazing privilege of being mentored by Southland Lead Pastor Ray Duerksen.
When I began attending Church Renewal a few years ago there were about 20 lead pastors, including myself, who were involved from across our country. As of last week there were 172 of us with many coming from places like Uganda, Mexico, Spain and South America.
Church Renewal is calling the church back to the biblical basics in the following areas: 1. “Confession”. The Bible tells us, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16). 2. “Deliverance”. We read in God’s Word, “Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.” 3. “Hearing From God”. We also read these words from the Bible, “Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say,“This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left (Isaiah 30:21).
This past Sunday, I had those who went out to Church Renewal from Huron Chapel come up to the front and share with their church family what kind of impact the weekend in Steinbach had on them. Each person could point to a place where God had worked to help change them towards a better and more productive life. One person in particular experienced freedom in an area where he had been trapped for many years.
The Church Renewal weekend consists of several different parts or seminars: ‘Set Free’, ‘Hearing From God’ and the ‘Prayer Summit’. Here in Auburn we are presently offering a Prayer Summit every other month and we have done one ‘Hearing From God’ seminar.
Around Easter, Huron Chapel is going to offer the ‘Set Free’ component followed by another ‘Hearing From God’ seminar. Our desire is for more and more of the dear people in our communities to come to know personally the freedom God offers us. There so many self-help books and conferences because so many people are lost and need help. But there is something hugely powerful when you seek the help from the very source of life itself… namely, the God of the Bible. He created us and He sent His Son to give us life abundant and eternal and He alone can heal us.
People often ask me why does Huron Chapel grow? How can a church in a small village of a couple hundred people have a couple hundred people in their morning service week after week? Why will people drive from other communities to come to Auburn every Sunday? The answer is simple, we point people to Jesus. He does the changing and the saving. Jesus once said, “When I am lifted up I will draw people unto myself…” So… we lift Jesus up and we let Him draw the people. We just give the people a place to call home.
Our church is a family and, like all families, we are not perfect. But like healthy families we love each other and we try to encourage and help one another grow in their relationship with God. All of us at Huron Chapel have things in common, we are all broken and we all need the healing that can only come from God through Jesus Christ.