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GO WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO GROW 
by Roy & Lydia Todd

If we could offer you one piece of advice in this next season of your life, it would simply be this: only go where you’re going to grow.

One of the greatest dangers of 21st century Christianity is a ‘spirituality’ that is insular and introspective. When faith becomes so inwardly focused that it gets consumed in it’s own little world, we must not mistake this as ‘deep’. It’s actually shallow. It mistakenly assumes that this is the only environment where faith can grow. Problem is, there’s no real growth at all. You see, faith must be exercised in order to increase. James 2:17 makes it clear that ‘faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead’. This means getting out of the comfort zone, lifting our eyes beyond ourselves, pursuing God’s greater purpose in the world and having the audacity to submit to God, not our fears. This is faith.

Our heart for the Junction Church in Leicester and Loughborough is to create an environment where people can truly grow. Our passion is not to build a big church, but to grow big people. We’re not content to be settlers. We’re called to be pioneers. That means daring to take new ground. It also means reaching the unreached, touching base with people who don’t yet know Jesus.

Interestingly, over the past five years of pioneering the Junction Church, the most fruitful periods of spiritual growth we’ve experienced have not occurred in the intensity of introspective meetings, but in the intentionality of reaching out to a world that desperately needs to experience God’s grace. It’s here where God imparts revelation more than anywhere else, where faith is active and we depend upon God’s supernatural provision. This is the atmosphere for miracles.

One of the wisest things you can do in life is to get yourself into an environment where you’re going to truly grow. Even if it scares you, embrace the intimidation anyway, and resist the temptation to settle into comfort. Sure, it’s a far more convenient life in the comfort zone – but if you want to broaden your capacity for genuine spiritual growth, then you’ve got to break free from the subtle restrictions which insular spirituality wraps around you. As local church pastors, we want to see people grow to become everything God has called them to be. This is our journey. This is our mission. This is our heart. Why don’t you get on board? Could change your life.

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IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE WEIRD 
by Roy Todd

I love the work of the Holy Spirit. His desire is to draw people’s attention towards Jesus (John 14:26). On the day of Pentecost (Acts 2), there were symbolic manifestations such as a sound like wind and then what appeared like flames of fire that sat on the believers heads. The Christians also spoke in other languages they had not learned. Interestingly, passers by thought this was all a bit weird and even thought they were drunk (Acts 2:13)! So Peter quickly realised he had to clearly explain what was happening and articulate the message of Jesus. The result? 3000 unchurched people responded and believed. 

So does the Holy Spirit still work today? Can people experience him 2000 years later? The answer is…yes. There is nothing in the bible that suggests his work has ceased. The fruit of the Spirit are all for today (Gal 5: 22-23). So are all the gifts of the Spirit too (1 Cor 12:8-10). 

Yet one of the things that can deeply undermine the Holy Spirit’s work is the obsession some Christians have about pursuing strange phenomena. Whilst this may seem ‘spiritual’, the fixation on weirdness becomes a distraction and actually trivialises the Spirit’s work. Remember, the Holy Spirit’s main purpose is not to signpost signs – but to signpost Jesus. This is WHY he empowers us in the first place. 

If a church claims to be filled with the Spirit but isn’t engaging with the unchurched at every gathering, then the mark has been missed. It merely becomes a religious club and the only real growth that happens are the layers of insularity around the Christian bubble. A culture which searches for strangeness will always attract the few who love strange stuff – and alienate the rest of the world that God so wants us to reach.

Some think that the Holy Spirit cannot move in any gathering where there is any form of human scheduling. But this grossly underestimates him. If the Spirit wants to work, believe me…he can move! Heaven and earth won’t get in his way! However, he can minister with considerable ease through a programme that has been prayerfully planned. That’s why Paul encouraged the Christians at Corinth to organise their meetings ‘in a fitting and orderly way‘ (1 Corinthians 14:40).

At the Junction Church…we’re not pursuing weirdness. No. But we DO want to be totally filled with the Holy Spirit. We absolutely recognise our need to be filled with his power. In fact, our passion is to be so full of the Holy Spirit that we create a place where unchurched people can meet Jesus for the first time and find it easy to encounter his life changing grace. This is the atmosphere where miracles happen. Changed lives are the REAL evidence of his work.

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HE SETS ASIDE THE FIRST

Hebrews 10:9 says, ‘He sets aside the first to establish the second’. The context of this verse is to do with a transition from the old testament to the new. Old covenant law could not save us, only God’s grace can do that. So Christ came to establish a better way and this is essentially what the book of Hebrews is all about.

Yet there is something profoundly relevant about this particular phrase, especially when you’re transitioning from one season into another. Looking back, no doubt the past will have had moments of joy you celebrated as well as challenges you’ve had to negotiate. However, whatever has gone before, a new season is a time to set aside the past in order to move forward into the future. Time doesn’t wait for anybody. As much as there’s wisdom in learning lessons from the tougher experiences, it’s never wise to spend too long ruminating over them. The latter tends to exaggerate challenging seasons above what they deserve and can develop into an unhealthy obsession.

Setting aside the past requires grace and humility. It means some things need to be left behind. Here are a few of them:

Hurts – There’s an old saying which says that ‘hurt people hurt people‘. So no point carrying hurts with you into the future. Ask God to give you a grace to forgive, just as He did with you. There’s freedom in forgiveness.

Disappointments – So ok, maybe some things didn’t work out for you as you’d hoped. Learn what you can from them and let go. There are new opportunities ahead.

Grievances – Victim thinking is one of the most limiting & faith destroying things that can fester in a person’s life. The enemy wants you to hold on to it. God wants you to let go. Guess who has your best interests at heart? Better to let go then.

Attitudes – Let go of stinking thinking. In other words, attitudes you might have developed that are dishonouring and damaging. Read Phil 2:5-11 to find out about the kind of attitude God wants us to develop.

Cynicism – This is a nasty mind filter which contaminates thoughts, words and actions. Cynicism gives up on others very quickly, judging them and condemning them without grace and compassion. Let go of this before it develops any further. It’s seriously bad for your faith.

Failures – Remember, failure is not the end. If you’ve still got breath in your being, then there’s hope for you. Get up, freshen yourself and start again. Be sure not to wallow in self pity.

God has a plan. Our job, as Christians, is to follow Him. He knows what He is doing. Don’t let past issues determine your future. When this happens, it becomes a hindrance to the joy of today and the blessing of tomorrow. A new season is a time to resolve in your heart that the old has gone and the new has come. God has set aside the first in order to establish the second. Therefore lean totally into His grace. This is all you really need. 

CHECK OUT THE JUNCTION CHURCH LEICESTER HERE AND OUR CHURCH IN LOUGHBOROUGH HERE

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HANDLING CRITICISM
by Roy Todd

If you should ever lift your head above the parapet of mediocrity and rise to the challenge of excellence, then you will experience criticism at times. This is just inevitable. It’s not about trying to avoid it – rather learning how to handle it well.

Not everybody understands your journey and nor is it reasonable to expect them to. The disappointment of feeling misunderstood can often be the very thing that feeds insecurity in the hearts of dreamers. In this case, criticism is always personal and painful. However, learn to settle in your heart that not everyone ‘gets’ you, and this managed expectation will go some way to helping you handle it better. Having said that, criticism can still hurt. When your heart is right and you’ve been working to do good, it can be wounding to hear someone express their disappointment in something you’ve said or done, especially when the intent behind it was honourable.

Sometimes criticism is valid. Lets face it, none of us are perfect. We all have the potential to mess up. In this case, a large dose of humble pie is the order of the day. A simple apology for a mistake you’ve made can go a long way to putting it right. There are some battles in life which are just not worth fighting since there are no spoils in victory. Interestingly, a heartfelt ‘sorry’ can actually enhance a person’s credibility and gain them respect. There have been times in my own life when I’ve publicly acknowledged challenging situations I could have handled better. Well, I guess I’m still learning on this journey too – but I figure people would rather be around a leader who is always real than always right. I’m just deeply grateful for God’s grace – and for the grace of those people in my life who stay faithful & keep loving me despite my flaws.

Of course there are times when criticism is unjust and unfair. When motives are questioned & the critique is aggressive or even bullying, this can be tough to handle. When we first planted the Junction Church in Loughborough, I’ll never forget receiving a long email from someone who I’d never met in my life. They were absolutely scathing about this ‘new church’ coming into town. The level of accusatory bile was off the scale, like nothing I’d ever read before. It genuinely saddened me to think that another Christian would be so savage in their judgment of a new church plant, especially when the heart behind it was simply to reach people who never go to church. Surely that should be celebrated? However, instead of reacting in anger, I chose to respond in grace. This was the wisest thing I could possibly have done and it is something I’ve never regretted. Five years later, the apocalyptic warnings about the damage this ‘new church’ would cause have fallen flat. It is in fact flourishing with loads of people who would not otherwise have ever gone to church. It would seem the bark of fear is always worse than it’s bite.

The point is that wisdom sometimes means staying quiet when you’d prefer to speak up. Other times, it means speaking up when you’d prefer to be quiet. Whatever criticisms you might face in your life, God’s wisdom is the key to dealing with it. If you need to apologise, do it well. If you’re faced with unjust judgments, hold your nerve and stay gracious. God will vindicate you in his own good time. In every circumstance, James encourages us to seek God’s wisdom and the promise is that God will give it to us ‘liberally’ (James 1:5).

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GRASS ISN’T GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE
by Roy Todd

There’s an old saying which says that ‘the grass is always greener on the other side.’ Problem is…if you travel to ‘the other side’, you’ll soon discover that the green stuff isn’t really grass. It’s actually astroturf. It’s not real. It’s fake. It’s boring. It’s unfulfilling. You can’t grow there. When you’ve been on ‘the other side’ for a while, it doesn’t take too long before you start to reminisce and look back to… ‘the other side’, remembering those good old days when you enjoyed the joys of authentic green grass where you could actually grow.

‘Other side’ thinking is never helpful. It stems from unhealthy comparisons which reveal more about the insecurities of our heart than the challenges of our circumstances. The enemy can do great damage in the confusion of warped thinking like that.

Now for the truth. The grass will always be greenest where YOU choose to stay and grow it. This is why it’s important to get firmly planted in God’s house. It’s the only way you’ll ever experience real growth. Being planted is a natural principle. It’s also a spiritual principle too. It’s a long term commitment rather than a short term fix.

One of the things that will kill your spiritual health is panic. This is the result of allowing a false sense of perspective to invade your thinking. It focuses on what seems wrong. It obsesses over what you don’t have. It guilts and goads you, making you feel inadequate and full of failure. It adds a stress to your life that is unfair, unnecessary and unhelpful. It robs you of the joy of what God has blessed you with.

When panic sets in, it corrupts your thinking. It’s assumption is that another garden will be better for you. So an uprooting process takes place. It’s not instant. It takes a while. There’s a gradual shifting that happens in the heart. But eventually, it occurs fully. And so the search for greener grass goes on. Meanwhile, all that energy, time and passion you’d previously invested in the ‘old’ garden – it has become rootless and disconnected from the future of the garden. Problem is….that ‘old’ garden grows healthier and healthier. Then it flourishes and blooms. It eventually becomes a magnificent landscape admired by all who see it – a place where life and growth abound. Suddenly a revelation dawns….the enemy had lied after all. The grass wasn’t better on the other side. It was perfectly healthy where you were.

The enemy loves to feed insecurity and doubt. That’s why it’s important to have people around you who are themselves firmly planted in God’s house – who dare to speak the encouragement of God’s word into your life – who don’t pander to negativism – who challenge unbelief and provoke you to trust God. Nothing crushes the devil’s scheming more than a community full of people like this.

Hold your nerve. If you will keep tilling the ground around you and continue laying foundations of faith, hope & love, you WILL flourish…right where you are.

 

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THE POWER TO CHOOSE
by Roy Todd

Some things in our lives are beyond our control. For example, none of us got to choose where we were born. Nor did we get any choice about the circumstances into which we were born. We didn’t choose our genetics & appearance either. However, no-matter what kind of background we’ve come from, we all have the God given power to choose the way we live our lives today. This is an incredibly powerful truth.

In the Old Testament book of 1 Chronicles, a character called Jabez is mentioned. His name meant ‘painful’. However Jabez chose to break free from the poor choices of his own mother – and believed for God’s blessing in his life. What’s interesting is that Jabez choice wasn’t birthed in rebellion – but in honour. It actually says that he was ‘more honourable than his brothers’. He chose to live an honourable life even though his upbringing was dishonourable. Here’s what we learn about Jabez:

He chose to put God first .
He chose to pursue God’s blessing.
He chose to live in God’s healing.
He chose to pray for God’s increase over his life.
He chose to believe for God’s favour.

Read about him for yourself – just two verses in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10.

The point is – no-matter who you are, where you’re from or what you’ve been through, God has given you the power to make choices. A smart person will think carefully about this and be sure to make decisions that are wise. A good benchmark when it comes to decisions is to think…..what will this decision look like in 1 year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years etc. (I’ve written a blog called ‘The Path of Least Regret’ which you might find helpful HERE.)

Here are some things all of us get to choose TODAY

You choose your attitude
You choose your words
You choose your friends
You choose how you react
You choose to be mean or gracious
You choose how you spend your time
You choose to be offended or not
You choose to gossip or to speak well of others
You choose to believe or not

This list could go on. In his book ‘Live, Love, Lead’, Brian Houston puts it like this “If you put God first, you’ll never come second’. Yup, it’s ALWAYS a good decision to put God first.

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THE OTHER SIDE OF ME
by Roy Todd

Ever wonder what it must be like to be on the other side of you? 

While it’s never good to be self obsessed, it’s always wise to be self aware. The latter helps us be considerate to others and is a good way of keeping our ego in check.

Very often, the reason why relationships can be compromised is because of thoughtlessness regarding the consequences of our words and actions. Self obsession tends only to look out for it’s own interests. Self awareness looks out for the interests of those we do life with. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul the apostle encourages us to… ‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.’ (Philippians 2:3-4).

So how can we develop better self awareness? Well, one of the most helpful questions all of us can ask ourselves in this regard is this: ‘What is it like to be on the other side of me?‘ It takes real courage to ask a question like this. In other words, what’s it like to be on the receiving end of my quirks, my attitudes, my words, my frustrations, my anger, my practices…the list goes on. The answer to this is incredibly insightful.

It would be good to ask yourself this question regularly. Better still, get a good friend who you trust to give you their answer – and allow them the right to be completely honest & transparent with you. You may be pleasantly surprised at some of their observations. You might also be profoundly shocked at some of them too. But the latter is important.

Truth is…all of us have blind sides which we need help with identifying in our lives. I was recently driving along the outside lane of the M1 when a car in the middle lane suddenly pulled right out in front of me. In that moment, I had the presence of mind to slam the brake on and avoid a collision. Thankfully there was no traffic immediately behind me, otherwise there would have been a smash up. So what was the problem? The driver who drove in front of me hadn’t noticed my car because it was in their blind side. They’d made an assumption that it was going to be ok to just pull out. But assumptions are always dangerous.

So back to the question. ‘What’s it like on the other side of me?’ I dare you to take some steps that will help you address your blind sides. It could revolutionise your life.

 

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TALENT ISN’T THE ISSUE.

Albert Einstein once said ‘Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing it is stupid‘.

Everyone is gifted. It’s just that most people never get to discover it because of the environment they find themselves in. Negative cultures produce fearful & unconfident people who in turn pass the seemingly endless cycle of doom on to the next generation. The tragic consequence is that the world gets denied of amazing talent, simply because brilliantly gifted people are put down, repressed and never empowered in a culture of confidence.

Deep in the old testament, there’s a book called 1 Chronicles. It’s basically a bunch of genealogies which are incredibly useful for understanding the family histories of bible characters. Ok, it’s not the most exciting reading. Yet in the middle of it all, a character is mentioned whose name is ‘Jabez’. He was born into limitation and disgrace. His mother had profound personal issues which she never dealt with and subsequently passed them on to her son. It all looked terribly bleak for Jabez. His upbringing was filled with such negativity and defeatism that he seemed destined to live a pointless and insignificant life. But Jabez broke the negative cycle as he cried out to God. The passion of his prayer was as powerful as it was audacious. He prayed ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request‘ (1 Chronicles 4:9-10).

Jabez could easily have lived a life of limitation. But he dared to believe that God had something bigger for him. In faith, he broke the chains of restriction over his life and pushed past the confines of small thinking. The idea of asking God to ‘enlarge’ his territory’ is the kind of prayer that offends the meagre mindedness of mediocrity. A mediocre environment believes that you should be satisfied with average. Problem is, it will always become content with even less than that…always.

No-matter what, never settle for mediocrity…EVER. It’s not worth it to live a small life just to assuage well meaning people who suggest that this is the way you need to live. Resist it with every fibre of your being, even if it means you get misunderstood. You were born for more than this. You have been given gifts and talents by God which are not meant to be kept to yourself.

Your talent is not the issue. The culture in which you find yourself is. Get yourself into a vibe that stirs you to believe for greater, helps you to grow stronger, provokes you to dream bigger, inspires you to aim higher and empowers you to live a life that truly makes a difference. You know what? That’s exactly the kind of culture we’re passionate about creating at the Junction Church in Leicester,  Loughborough & Nottingham. Your success is our honour. 

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10 TRAITS OF HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
by Roy Todd

Our heart at the Junction Church in Leicester & Loughborough is to create a community where great friendships are formed and people do life together. Somebody once said, ‘show me your friends and I’ll show you your future’. Truth is, life is all about how you interact with the people in your world. Healthy relationships are a rich blessing in whatever season you’re going through. So what are the factors that help create them? Here are ten which I think are really important:

1) FUN

There’s a proverb which says ‘laughter is like medicine to the soul‘. Laughing breaks down barriers, helps put life in perspective, lifts hearts and keeps you sane. It’s a vital ingredient for any healthy relationship.

2) LOW MAINTENANCE

High maintenance relationships are an emotional drain which eventually become a hindrance rather than a help. Healthy relationships are always aided by reasonable & well managed expectations. Read a blog I’ve written on this HERE.

3) UNPRESSURED

Relationships which are forced rarely last. So chill out and stop trying to MAKE them happen. When unnecessary pressure is removed, that’s when relationships can thrive.

4) HONOURABLE

Healthy relationships are bathed in honour. They celebrate each other and never jump on each other’s weaknesses.

5) UNSELFISH

A wealthy friend of mine has lots of people who want to be his friend because of what they might get out of him. But nothing does more damage to a relationship than a selfish agenda. People WILL eventually see through it! Healthy relationships are selfless – more about giving than taking.

6) LOYALTY

John Ortberg wrote ‘Everybody’s normal till you get to know them’. Healthy relationships are created by remaining loyal through the quirks, blunders and mistakes of the other person.

7) PATIENCE

Spend enough time with someone and eventually you’ll find something about that person which gets on your nerves! But patience really is the virtue of a healthy relationship. Grace covers all the flaws, yours too!

8) PURPOSE

A common purpose forges people together. That’s why church is really great for creating healthy relationships. Here, we live for a cause that is bigger than ourselves.

9) UNPRETENTIOUS

Nobody is THAT good all the time. Everyone has weaknesses, pain & challenging stuff they’re journeying through in life. A healthy relationship doesn’t pretend like everything’s always ok. It’s vulnerable about the tough stuff too, but not in a whining, whinging, nauseating kind of way.

10) FAITH-BUILDING

A healthy relationship will always draw you closer to God and HIS house, not away from them. No-matter what is happening in life, there’s a vibe of faith in a healthy relationship which always believes for the BEST.

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Dog collars: OUT. Skinny ripped jeans: IN

When asked what they think about ‘Church’, the word that will immediately come into the mind of a new generation is ‘irrelevant’. This has led some older Christians to lament these ‘young people’ who, they believe, have rejected God. But I completely disagree. This generation is probably more spiritually open than any generation that has gone before them. It’s not that they’ve turned their backs on God. It’s that they can’t meaningfully engage with a Church that doesn’t connect with their lives. I don’t blame them.

A recent survey has shown that 70% of young adults actually believe in God.

churches in loughboroughOne of the things that I absolutely love about the Junction Church is that it is fresh & young at heart. The energy, passion & verve of our Sunday services is something that needs to be experienced rather than explained. We are packed with loads of people spanning different generations, each of which are committed to following Jesus in 21st century life. It’s just awesome to see it. What really encourages me about our church is the number of young adults who are part of it. We are a better church because of them.

Truth is, the majority of churches tend to be made up of an older generation of faithful & committed members who have been serving for many years. Yet as honourable as this is, the vibrancy & freshness of youth is badly missing & sometimes even resisted.

Someone recently asked me why I thought so many young adults were actively involved in the Junction Church. Personally, I think it has something to do with the fact that we are totally intentional about championing their generation – but not in a condescending or patronising kind of way. We genuinely believe they have a lot to offer. So we involve them.

As a pastor, I totally recognise that I have so much to learn from this generation. I’m actually a better guy for being around them. They inspire and challenge me. Their outlook on life and understanding of the world is as insightful to me as it is intriguing. They have challenges and struggles which are different to what I knew. They keep me fresh. They keep me young at heart. They laugh at my jokes (ok, they’re just being polite….but still…).

Too often, the Church in the UK wants to reach a new generation yet expects them to conform to ways of doing things that are stuck back in the 1800’s. Much of these traditions aren’t even mentioned in the Bible!

Think about Jesus. He was totally relevant to people’s lives. He looked like them. He talked like them. He lived like them. He wasn’t distant or aloof. He hung out with the sinners. People wanted to be around him. HE is our example. This is how his Church should be too.

I reckon it’s high time for Church to change so it’s far more like it’s founder – Jesus. Church GB needs to transform how we do things so we connect with the lives of an amazing & brilliantly creative generation who are longing to live for a cause that’s bigger than themselves.

Dog collars are OUT. Ripped skinny jeans are IN. Let the revolution begin!!

 

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