Resurrection Sunday

Christ is risen from the dead. What we do, how we live, that we have a right sense of purpose, and live differently. 

What we do is not a waste time, it matters. 

Having spent a week reflecting on the cross, today was about acknowledging the power that raised Christ from the dead, the same power which now resides in us too. 

Been a phenomenal day with Xcel Church. Powerful times of praise and worship for Jesus our Saviour. 1200 people across all services. Salvations, loads of new people in church, great gospel message, life transformation stories and a dozen baptisms. It’s why we do what we do. 

 

For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly [‭‭Psalms‬ ‭84:10-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬]

The Cross of Christ: Find Rest

Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest [Matthew 11:28]

At the intersect of the cross, between our human frailty and God’s divinity, amazing things become available to all, if only they will receive it.

We can be overwhelmed, frustrated, lacking purpose, running from stuff, the gap in our souls empty and yearning to be filled by something.

In response, we can fill life with the next best thing, the dream car, perfect job, or whatever it maybe for us, yet once we have it soon find ourselves unsatisfied once more.

One thing is for sure, nothing on this planet has ever been made that can satisfy our souls and fill that gap. Only by coming to the cross of Jesus and acknowledging the need for Gods divinity do we discover true rest, being truly satisfied.

As we approach Easter let’s take some time of reflection and be honest enough to admit whether or not life is lacking the rest that Jesus offered. Come to the cross with our human frailty and take the true rest that is ours and know the unconditional love of a Saviour who never leaves anyone who puts their trust in Him.

3 Days to Change the World

For many this weekend will be just like any other. A long weekend, some time off work, a few too many beers, the disappointment of the lack of sun and no first BBQ of the year, maybe even a trip to the new Range store nearby, definitely some rest and a bit of family time.

Same old routine = same old results.

Maybe there is an opportunity for a change. 3 days changed the world. 3 days could change yours. But for change in life we often have to break those old routines and have a willingness to consider some new ones.

Jesus went to the cross for the world. Not to condemn it but to save it. Everyone included.

I wonder what it was like between the cross and the resurrection. Those 36 hours between being laid in the tomb in the evening and leaving an empty tomb by the Sunday morning. N.T. Wright writes in his book Christians at the Cross…With his shameful, chaotic, horrible death he has gone to the very bottom, to the darkest and deepest place of the ruin, and has planted there the sign that says “Rescued.” It is the sign of love, the love of the creator for his ruined creation, the love of the saviour for his ruined people.

He went there for me. For everyone. If you let it, such revelation could change your world forever. Jesus loves you enough to go to the cross for you and in so doing, he reconnects you with the one true God.

New results often need new routines, new ways of looking at things. Freedom from the past comes by accepting a new future. One with God at the centre.

The cross equals love. It is not a full stop but more of a comma as the sentence just has a pause. Jesus died on the cross, then he rose from the grave. It was all part of Gods redemptive plan, His way of reconciling the problem of sin, of setting things right at rescuing us all.

3 days to change the world. 3 days to change your world. Nothing to lose and everything to gain. Why not give Jesus a genuine opportunity to prove himself to you?

The Cross Equals Love

I don’t know where you stand on Christianity but this weekend is the pivotal moment.

The cross equals love. 

It is a strange thing to say but I believe it is true. The cross of Jesus Christ equals a clear demonstration of the live that God has for the world.

Jesus came as the answer to the question many people have when they ask, ‘why won’t God do something’?

Jesus came and gave himself because His father, our God asked him too.

Jesus came and bought for us a way to reconnect with God, to receive forgiveness, to have everlasting life.

Take a moment today and think about the impact of the cross.

Take a moment today and think about Jesus and you response to him.

Take a moment today and if you are a Christian remember to say ‘Thank You’ to Jesus for saving us.

Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. (‭Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭6-8‬ MSG)

Xcel Darlington: Easter Sunday

Yesterday was how Church should be every week. The atmosphere was fantastic, there was a real celebration feel to the praise & worship and we sang our hearts out, praising God for the resurrection.

I noticed on my twitter feeds that Brian Houston commented why can’t it be Easter every Sunday. To which he obviously got the reply ‘IT IS’. Maybe the challenge for us as Christians is to remember that and live life with the realisation of that fact.

It is incredible that the same power that raised Christ from the dead, lives in us.
If I’m honest, I don’t always live that out. I will always do my best…but contrary to many peoples understanding just because I’m a Pastor doesn’t make me perfect.

My challenge all week has been to do Jesus justice. For all he has done for us. That we would live out the life worthy of the life Jesus gave for me. Yesterday was a great opportunity to remember that, and take up that challenge fresh once more!

Xcel Team…you were incredible.
Great numbers…people bringing people…people taking up the challenge of the Christian faith and committing their lives to him.
There was a lot of emotion in the room as we talked about ALL that Jesus did for us on the CROSS.

Plus…for fun, we collected over 100 Easter Eggs to giveaway to a local hospice.

How was Easter Sunday for you?