A Day in the Life of Xcel

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Sunday ~ what a day. It doesn’t happen by chance. We pray like it depends on God but BIG UP to the teams that work like it depends on them!!

Here’s some of the things I love about my church…

3 locations. Multiple teams. All about lifting the name of Jesus and with a desire to see transformation in local community. It’s a beautiful thing. The willingness of so many volunteers to come early for set up, sound check and to pray together.

Troubleshooting. Things don’t always run smoothly. The ability to take on an issue and just get on with it, no fuss, no big panic, it is fantastic. Here’s the best thing too, most people wouldn’t have even realised that anything went wrong. Me included sometimes.

Worship. Such an excitement about the place as we get ready to record a live album on Sunday 11th September. Checkout this short clip from yesterday and another new song. Save the date!!

That we are building something for God. Never underestimate the power of a big vision to engage. The Xcel 2020 vision is bold but full of opportunities for some ‘only God’ moments. There is a place for everyone to participate.

The people. Just love the heart of the people. Love that they are with us on the journey. I know we may not always agree on the best way to do things and that’s ok. That’s family. We can have our discussions and then we get on with it. People are what this is all about. Connecting with Jesus. Connecting with others within Xcel. Connecting with those who don’t Jesus yet. It doesn’t get any better than that.

I could go on. The adventure is on and I am glad to be a part of it. Why not join us this Sunday and find our for for yourself what all the fuss is about. Check out the website

A Full Month

The month of May started with Vision Night at Xcel and the encouragement to ‘lean in’ to what God is wanting do, in us and through as a bunch of believers at Xcel Church.

Then I headed off to Israel and Jordan for 10 days. An incredible time, discovering the Holy Land, learning about what life would have looked like for Jesus, and so much more too in the +45° heat.

I know I can muck about but my prayer is that through this time away there will be a freshness to my relationship with God, an added ingredient of understanding after standing in places where Jesus would have stood.

Next came Lead Summit with words from Paul Scanlon and Jurgen Matthesius that just messed with your head.

Add to that, all the normal stuff of life, family and church and the last 31 days have definitely been full.

I’m not complaining though. Isn’t this the life we want to live, the full and abundant life of John 10:10? I am thankful in so many ways it can be difficult to explain. Now, as always, I just need to keep on with the living the life God has positioned and placed me to live.

What is Life Without God in it?

Made a comment yesterday that as Christians, when it comes to loving life, we have to remember where most people are coming from. I suggested that maybe we have forgotten what it’s like to live life without God in it. Now, that’s not a bad thing…I mean we were created to have God in our lives and be connected to Him.

BUT!!

You don’t need to be a Christian to love life. Actually, is saying that not slightly ignorant and offensive to those we want to reach out to. Oh, but you can’t really love life without God in it, I hear you cry. Well, we know that – we recognise the difference that Jesus has made in our lives but until the light of the Gospel is shone over someone’s life, they don’t think like that.

People don’t consider themselves lost.
People may not love every aspect of their life but they get on with it.
People have bills, a home to run, work to do, things to deal with…much like me. For most though they do that without understanding or even being aware of the bigger purpose they were born for.

Think John 10:10. We all want an abundant life but if you asked your colleagues at work if they felt life was being stolen, killed or destroyed, they would wonder what you are on about. We know the truth of this verse and must demonstrate that love for life by not allowing stuff to kill us off or destroy our sense of purpose. Hope you get what I mean?