Living the Passion (Swanwick conference): From discouragement to delight

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Published on September 30, 2008

Author: johnallan



The presentation used for the first talk given by John Allan at the conference "Living the Passion" at Swanwick, Derbyshire, England, Sept 26-28 2008. The conference was based on the experience of the early churches in Acts 9:31 and this particular talk looked at the phrase "encouraged by the Holy Spirit..."

Turning discouragement into delight

Sometimes the most important factor in losing a battle is not resources but discouragement

He could have freed himself from all sorrow and ascended into eternity and national immortality, but he prefers to go to Moscow… I have no intention of shooting myself for that Austrian corporal.



the failure of our original expectations intimidation from the culture we confront

sense of insignificance and powerlessness the growth of disunity

despair over poverty of our resources the temptations of legalism

“ something spontaneous and uncalculating” Surprised by Joy



the joy of transparent fellowship the joy of shared purpose the joy of mutual giftedness

the joy of effective discipling the joy of visible growth

the joy of reckless faith the joy of uninhibited worship


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