When we planted the church in 1995 with a small group of like minded individuals, we were enthusiastic and crazy enough to try anything that was morally, ethically and theologically acceptable.
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
In recent years it as been a real privilege and blessing to have retired pastor Colin Whittaker and his wife Hazel as part of Arena Church. Following a short period of failing health he recently went to be with his Lord, at the grand age of 90. Colin served the Lord and our fellowship of AOG with great distinction and right to the end he 'kept the faith'.
Reading through the book of 1 Thessalonians recently I couldn't get past the cry of the Apostle Paul's heart to the young church there. In particular the statement right at the start of chapter one:
"We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by FAITH, your labor prompted by LOVE and your endurance inspired by HOPE in our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thess 1:2/3).
Faith, hope and love are three incredible attributes and characteristics that need to be flowing in equal measure in the lives of all Christian leaders today.