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We live in a results-driven world, where everyone must demonstrate the impact of what they do. Personal and professional and institutional assessments demand measurable outcomes, demonstrated impact and clear results.

What about our faith? How do we think about the results of our life in Christ? While we may (rightly) question the pressure of this results-driven culture, Paul's letter to the Galatians does conclude by saying that a grace-full life should produce a noticeable difference in a person who follows Christ. He names a long list of difficult behaviors that should be lessened (though acknowledging that we all still sin), and then describes the results of a life in Christ's grace as "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control," also known as the fruits of the Spirit.

What are the results of grace in your life? Are you manifesting the fruits of the Spirit that Paul describes? If not, how can you turn and return to Christ, that grace might flow through you and bear fruit in love?


Pastor Jennifer

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Our Church: Then and Now
When George Whitefield leased the land to build the Tottenham Court (Road) Chapel in 1756, provisions were made for a half-acre burial ground to be distributed on the north and south sides of the chapel (now Whitfield Gardens, the deep level air raid shelter and the vacant Fitzrovia Community Nursery). The Bishop of London refused to consecrate the grounds, so it is said that Whitefield stole several cartloads from the churchyard of St Christopher le Stocks (which had recently been bought by the Bank of England) and spread them over the site in Tottenham Court Road. When the grounds were closed in 1853, an estimated 30,000 people had been buried there.

One of those was Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745-1797), also known as Gustavus Vassa. An accomplished writer, noted abolitionist and savvy businessman, Equiano is most known for—in his time and in ours—publishing his autobiography, “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano,” in 1789. In publishing the account of his kidnapping at the age of 11, subsequent enslavement and forced journey across the Atlantic, Equiano became the first to write about the horrors of the Middle Passage. The account goes on to describe his years of enslavement in Virginia and England—including time served with the Royal Navy during the Seven Years’ War—and concludes just after he was able to buy his freedom in 1766.

His work, among the first books to be published by a person of African descent in Britain, demonstrated the full humanity of enslaved people, and this account was instrumental in turning the movement to nascent abolish the Trans-atlantic Slave Trade into a cause for the whole nation to take up.
Towards the end of his narrative, he writes:

Tortures, murder, and every other imaginable barbarity and iniquity, are practised upon the poor slaves with impunity. I hope the slave trade will be abolished. I pray it may be an event at hand. The great body of manufacturers, uniting in the cause, will considerably facilitate and expedite it; and, as I have already stated, it is most substantially their interest and advantage, and as such the nation’s at large...

It was only recently that we discovered Equiano was buried at the Chapel; a line in our burial records notes that “Gustavus Vasa” of 52 years was buried here on April 6, 1797. Ever since then, we have been working with the Equiano Society to elevate his story and highlight it as a part of our own. The panels currently displayed around the sanctuary are a culmination of some of that work, and we hope to continue bringing more of these lost stories to the fore. 

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