The story goes that a young Robert Louis Stevenson was intrigued as he watched the lamp lighter at work in the street: punching holes in the darkness. Last night’s session at New Horizon 2012 ended with thousands of people holding their mobile phones in the air as a reminder that Jesus, the Light of the World now shines through his followers: we get to punch holes in the darkness.
Jesus as our Light was the theme of Malcolm Duncan’s second talk from John’s prologue.
1 – Light that brings order out of chaos.
2 – Light that reveals who we are.
3 – Light that guides.
4 – Light that shines.
5 – Light that conquers.
Despite the darkness (John’s narrative mentions darkness three times), the light cannot be put out. We are not in a battle where the outcome is uncertain.
Earlier in the evening a new worship leader (Roo Stewart) led a full house in a celebration that included some fresh arrangements of old hymns as well as one of his own songs. And we were introduced to Calisto Odede from Kenya, the week’s Bible reading teacher. Calisto pastors a large Pentecostal church in Nairobi as well as traveling, seeking to use his gifts so that the church in the West/Northern part of the world may be blessed through how God is blessing in the Global South.
He starts this morning and will be teaching from John 13-17. Seminars and young people’s programmes get underway this morning too. The Olympics may be over, but New Horizon is about to get into its stride.