kieronMeath man Kieron is married to Esther and dad to Finn and Jonah. From the moment he engaged with a Christian community and heard the Bible taught, he was hooked by the Gospel. A former Relay worker with IFES Ireland, Kieron has studied at Queen’s university, Belfast, Cornhill, London, Belfast Bible college, and the Irish Bible Institute in Dublin.

He spent three years working with St. Elizabeth’s, Dundonald, Belfast, and has just finished four years working as a Christian Union staff worker with IFES Ireland.

Kieron is a self confessed theology nerd and an unapologetic coffee snob. He cycles everywhere and writes the odd bit of poetry whenever the muse visits.

He believes planting churches is a concrete expression of our belief in the Gospel and our intention to declare it. It’s the Gospel we’re planting and it’s the Gospel that’s God’s power to save. He says, “I hear a lot of talk about church planting and that’s good. Actually getting on and doing it, now that’s better!”


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The Secret to Spiritual Maturity

The Mind Body Spirit Festival was recently held at the RDS. It has proven to be an immensely popular event. It taps into the deep desire people have to connect with the spiritual. The website for the show invites you to take a journey with us to explore alternative therapies, relaxation techniques and ancient wisdoms from East and West. At the show you can chat to all manner of experts and enjoy exhibits on everything from healing crystals to aromatherapy. Why not attend one of the free lectures presented by some of the leading experts in their fields? You could also gain a deeper understanding of techniques and concepts and see them demonstrated by taking part in a workshop. You can learn how to discover your psychic abilities and connect with your guardian angels. There will also be an opportunity to meet your favourite speakers and authors at Speakers Corner. The event sported some 150 stands all designed to help those attending find their spiritual expression and fulfilment. Could there be a secret to discover, a technique to learn, a product to buy or a seminar to attend that could unlock spiritual satisfaction and maturity? It is alluring for those searching for something deeper, something beyond their natural experience. The book of Colossians has much to say on this topic and Paul reveals the secret to the ultimate spiritual experience… Writing of his role to the church Paul says his purpose was ‘make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me’. (Colossians 1:25b-29) The secret is there is no secret! The ultimate spiritual reality is there in Jesus. We find mystery alluring, we’re curious creatures. To be inquisitive is a good thing, especially when it comes to spiritual truth. Paul shows how all that seeking and mystery is now revealed in Jesus. It’s been made known, fully known. His language is a dramatic way of describing how Jesus fully reveals all of God’s purposes for humanity and the world. The Bible had talked about His coming all along, now He has been fully revealed, the secret is out. Therefore spiritual maturity is available to everyone no matter what their background is. You don’t need to pay for it, you don’t need the right product, you don’t need to join a secret society, it’s all out in the open and open to all. The mystery revealed is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Remarkably if you know and follow Jesus you are already in touch with everything there is to know about God and therefore about true spirituality. Paul was determined to see everyone mature in Christ. He toiled and struggled towards that goal by proclaiming Jesus to all. If you know this Jesus you have all you need in him. You’ve got the full package. Yet there is still a spiritual quest, not to find the secret but to know more and more of what God has already made known. We may find it foreign or presumptuous to speak of being mature in Christ. We might say that of the famous missionary, the church leader or the aged saints in our church. However Paul is plain about this, the goal is for everyone to be mature in Christ. Everyone. That means you too! The beauty is that there is nothing stopping you, you already have it all in Jesus. I’m fascinated by the allure the Mind Body Spirit Festival has. There is a longing for spiritual experience and fulfilment. Thereis a hunger there, a genuine search for a connection with the divine. I ask myself, what does that spiritual desire look like in my experience? How do we as Christians express our divine curiosity? I must confess that I often stall spiritually speaking. I lose that sense of wonder, allure, mystery, meaning and discovery. The fact that the mystery has been revealed drives us to more discovery, not less. It ought to make us insatiably curious. The mystery has been revealed and yet we have so much to learn, so much changing to do. What are you discovering about what it means to be mature in Jesus? You have all you need but no doubt you haven’t yet worked through everything you’ve got…
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