Unless the Lord Builds

“When we work, we work. When we pray then God can work”. When I moved to York in 1965 we came to one of the twelve ‘redundant’ churches in that city. Now what could we do with an empty, redundant church? We decided to have, apart from the very simple structure of Sunday services, only one organization: one mid-week meeting for Bible study and prayer.

In the very early days there were about five people, I think, who started to come to this. Four years later we still had only this one organized meeting the Bible study and for prayer; we had no Sunday School, no Youth Group, no Young Wives’ Club, no Mothers’ Union, no Men’s Group, none of the organizations common to most churches.

And some of my colleagues were saying to me ‘How can your church exist without a Sunday School? How can you possibly manage without a Mother’s Union?’ But we felt very strongly that we would not make any move at all in establishing organizations until the Spirit of God made it abundantly clear to us. We knew that “unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”

DAVID WATSON. Hidden Warfare: Conquering In The Spiritual Conflict.  pp. 28 & 32.

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