I had some preaching practice when I was at the London School of Theology in 1989 to 1992, but I forget what I spoke on, or at which church. But the first time I was invited to preach/teach/speak properly was back in November of 1993, when I was 24 years old and my first child, my daughter Anna had just been born. I spoke on Vision in the evening service of the South West London Vineyard church. I managed to get the audio tape recording into an MP3 many years ago. I rediscovered that MP3 this morning, and uploaded it online for the first time. Some things struck me listening to it today some 22 years later.
1. Voice: I do sound so much younger :-)
2. The Power of Vision: I was speaking at a time when I had been married for 3 years, had my first baby a new full time job, and was hoping and believing that one day God would release me to church plant. That planting didn't take place until 1997 a few years later. That vision back them has sustained me all these years and remains key to what God has done with me and continues to do. Vision is powerful and sustaining.
3. Faithful: I had no idea what I was signing up for and what I would go through, but God has been so faithful to me. I wonder what else he has in store for me and makes me want to pursue even more.