What I learned from Eric Delve.

There a few people whose name has remained on the evangelical forefront of modern Christianity, and Eric Delve is one of those names. His ministry spans four decades and his calling to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ is as strong now as it was all those years ago.

Eric returned to our hometown and spoke at a local meeting held at our church, and following some powerful worship songs, Eric spoke on the life of disciple Simon-Peter. Incorporating a wealth of knowledge on onomatology, he explained through the fact that Jesus gave Simon (which means “Reed”) the name Peter (meaning “rock” or “stone”), gave Peter tremendous resilience and development of his faith.

There is a lot in a name, but sometimes the name that we are given is not what we are destined for. We must look for our God given name, and furthermore our God given destiny to truly discover what our calling is and to start to work towards it.

He also refreshed in me the excitement and the life that comes with the resurrection of Christ and how this has been somewhat quelled by the “church” thus far. The excitement of knowing that we are saved by God himself, has been crushed under the liturgical nonsense that is sometimes forced upon us, awkwardly mumbling together in dulcid unison in a “Oh Lord! Please forgive me for what I have done this week, I am sorry!”. Now, for some, I understand that this is how they were raised and this is what they expect of their church service, but I’m fairly sure that God doesn’t want to wait until Sunday morning comes around before he gets his apology. What could be less meaningful than reading an apology to someone that someone else has written. It’s like having “insert sin here” written in the middle of it. Just wait a minute, what are we doing?!

Of course, I’m not trying to maim centuries of belief systems, but look at it on the surface, do we need our hand held to apologise for what we did wrong or do we truly know our wrongdoings and avoid breaching it midweek? My thought is this, if you attend a church which is strongly liturgical, don’t wait for the weekend. Your time is now, live it like God intended. Don’t wait for someone to tell you to say sorry before you start working on your life in Christ. When God asks “Who shall I send?”, make sure your answer is “Here I am, send me!”





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