Update from Chairman of Headway (Ireland) – Methodist Evangelicals Together.
14 October 2018
John 17v17: “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
Isaiah 28v17: “I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line”
1 Peter 2v6: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”
Dear Friends of Headway Ireland,
Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. These three verses unite to encourage us that God’s word gives us standards for living. God, in his grace, sanctifies, straightens and shapes the lives of his people.
Thank you for your support. We are always glad to receive news of God’s work and also to hear of your concerns. I hope this update will bless you in your Christian witness.
Headway is a Bible-based movement. We encourage our members to engage in Bible Study. Scripture is the supreme authority of faith and conduct for the Christian Church.
So far this year we have invited several evangelical leaders who have challenged the Church. Canon Vaughan Roberts was the Headway–nominated speaker at the Faith and Order day Conference on Sexuality. Evangelist Roger Carswell addressed the Spring Rally
promoting personal evangelism. He was ably supported by Tom Wilson from Lay Witness. Bishop Ken Good addressed the Conference Headway Breakfast and challenged us to leave a legacy that will last. They “spoke the truth in love” (Ephesians 4v15).
In the on-going discussions about “Sexuality” we pray that Scripture will be accepted as God’s plumbline to serve as a corrective to secular thinking.
We are a prayer-based movement. We congratulate our Church for the Prayer Focus 2018/2019. It is a top-class production filled with detail and helpful aids to daily prayer. We pray for the revival and renewal of God’s Church. We are a holiness movement and we pray for the spread of Christ-likeness. These are days of satanic opposition to Christianity. We are called to live deeply in the love of God and to happily share the grace and power of Christ. Mr Wesley described holiness as “Perfect Love” and wrote that “Holiness is happiness.”
We are an evangelistic movement. We encourage evangelism through relationships, prayer and action. There are many stories of people coming to know Christ. We thank God for the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev William Davidson and the Lay Leader, Mrs Lynda Neilands. They are a blessing on their travels and in their writings as they graciously commend the Saviour to all.
- Friday October 19th 2018 –“The Influence of Cliff College on Irish Methodism.” Ken Todd will give this lecture at the invitation of the Methodist Historical Society of Ireland. All are welcome at Agape Methodist Centre 236 Lisburn Road, Belfast, 7.30-9.00 p.m.
- Headway Spring Rally on April 3rd 2019 at Seymour Street Methodist Church, Lisburn. Rev. Dr David Wilkinson (Durham) will D.V. speak on the subject “Holiness of the Heart.”
- Cork Conference 2019 public meeting: “Reaching Every Generation in the Changing Irish Culture.” (Details to follow)
May God bless you.
Rev. Ken Todd (Chairman)