A Full Tuesday

Today I had a few things I wanted to get completed…

The next preaching series. Every month those of who are involved in preaching across Xcel get together to discuss upcoming themes. We share scriptures, ideas and resources with the aim of planning what we hope will be a helpful, inspirational and challenging series. After we complete The Jesus Lifestyle we will be heading into a preaching series all about Grace.

Right now we are in the series formation stage. This involves getting everyones input and then creating the journey. The series is actually going to be called ‘GRACE THROUGH THE EYES OF…’ and we will use Bible characters to help display the many facets of God’s amazing grace. The journey will take us from Old to New Testament, to see the ever present thread of God’s grace, moving to the place of looking at grace through our own eyes and the eyes of the Church.

So today was about getting that together which will obviously help the teaching team. It’s also useful for the Planet Kids and Planet Youth teams as they also teach from the same theme but in their own style.

Almost finished this today.

The Xcel Future Leaders programme [XFL]. There’s a whole bunch of admin that goes with this so we are ready for the launch next Monday. We have learned some stuff from last year, so we take the best of that and add to it for this time. I can delegate some of this but the overall design of this years XFL as well as any other short courses we run at Xcel is on my desk.

Catch-ups. One with my Lead Pastor. One with our PAIS team leader. They are up and running and will be in school all day tomorrow. Another with our Youth Pastor who was popping in ahead of the relaunch on Friday night.

Never got to the XFL stuff. Never chatted with PAIS. I forgot about a dental trip for 2 of my daughters so that kind of interfered with the day, which meant leaving the office at about 2pm, doing the school tour, get to dentist, back home and then food shop so we can eat tonight. That stuff moves to Thursday now.

Tonight was CG at Pastor Johns. Good food, great company, a bit of conversation, discussion and then we prayed together too. The team I get to do life with are incredible. So much wisdom, strength, faith, experience, ideas, encouragement and real desire to build the local church and see God’s kingdom established. I don’t want to be anywhere else!

It’s been a FULL day. Just not quite as planned. I love my job and count it a privilege to do what I do.

Amazing

Today I went to the Commissioning Service for this years 50 or so PAIS Apprentices. It was quite a humbling experience watching all these young people from across the globe getting ready to head out as missionaries for Jesus.

Leaving home is not a new thing. I did it when I went to University. Leaving home, moving from one country to another, staying with people you don’t know and choosing to truly live by faith – that’s a little more unusual. It’s pretty amazing!!

I know it’s not for all of us. Our time for taking a year out for God has passed. Or has it?

Now, I’m not advocating that we all sign up for PAIS but there is a challenge here for us, if we are up for it.

How about we commit to give our next year to God, to take a year and be ready for the adventure, to truly live by faith and be missionaries for Him?

We don’t need to leave home to do this. We don’t need to stop working to do this. We don’t need to make any changes really, except for one thing.

Be ready to stand for Jesus when called to do so. Be ready to share your story to someone. Be ready to serve the Kingdom of God. Be ready to do something to reach another person. BE READY.

That’s amazing. That’s the Commission. That’s what we have all received as followers of Jesus…

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. [Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭19-20‬ NKJV]