Someone commented about this story: 'If it could happen in St. Andrew.s Street Baptist Church it could happen anywhere!' It wasn't because this was a particularly needy church beset by dire problems. Not at all. It was just that in its long influential history in the centre of Cambridge its best days seemed well behind it. Visit it and you found a small band of mostly elderly believers in a large church building. Middle-of-the road, theologically mixed, and formal in style. A continuing gentle decline seemed almost inevitable.
Posting all these blogs about the fresh happenings was not intended to pump up another 'success story church' for some self-glory. Rather it was to recognize that a story begun with so few human resources discovered the unlikely ways by which God can work out his purposes immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power at work within us (Eph. 3:20). I hope that it will be an encouragement to readers and stir up faith.
However, I also recognize that God does work in seasons, in what Scripture calls kairoi - God quality times. He brought so many different factors together with dramatic effect within a short period of time. Another friend looking back on it said: 'I was so grateful to have lived through that special time. I know God can give those times but I also know I cannot keep expecting them!' That made me think hard about living with responsibilities in less exciting times - God is still working his purposes out though less dramatically. Someone else warned me that they saw a danger of some idolatry as church people looked back to these good days.
I am not sure what may happen to this collection of blog posts. A historian friend said that I should ensure it ends up in the church archives so that the personal experience of one of its ministers wasn't lost. Well, maybe. But thank you everyone for reading so far and to any who can add colour, correction, encouragement please be in contact: email@example.com. I am sure there are things to add. Blessings.