How to Get Unstuck?

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Ever felt like you are stuck in a certain cycle? It could be a behaviour, a way of thinking, a problem or just a bad habit. It may not be anything too serious, or it may be threatening to your life, maybe influencing your marriage or other key relationships in a negative way, it could even be impacting your work life too.

Whatever ‘it’ is, one thing is true ~ something needs to change! The challenge is you just don’t know what that change needs to be or how to make the change a reality.

This Sunday at the United @ Five service we will include a panel. If you have a question that relates to this topic then please drop us a line and if its appropriate, we will do our very best to answer it.

Leave your question as a comment or email info@xcelchurch.com and then be with us this Sunday for ‘UNITED @ FIVE’

Grace Through The Eyes Of…

Excited about this new series at Xcel Church. Grace is such a hugely important and powerful aspect of the Christian faith, yet it also seems to be one of the most misunderstood and misused aspects of the Christian faith.

I need the grace of God. Every day.

How does grace look through the eyes of some of the people of the Bible? How does grace look through my eyes? I need to understand the fullness of this amazing grace that God has given which not only saves me but is equipping me for the life He wants me to live.

Too often we are great receivers of grace but not great givers of grace. We like to judge others based on their actions, while we want to be judged on our intentions. We want to pass out truth, while we are only willing to welcome grace in return.

As we journey through the Bible we may discover that God’s grace is surprising. That God’s grace is not fair. And for that we should be thankful otherwise we may have already disqualified ourselves.

I can only encourage you to be at Xcel over the next 6 weeks and discover all that the grace of God is for you. It could just change your life.

How to Handle People

If you were at Xcel Church today, what one thing did you learn or get reminded about when it comes to dealing with people? Jesus was fairly straight on what can be considered a tricky subject. It’s always good to reflect on what we have heard and ask ourselves: ‘is there anywhere I fall short and need to improve?’

Judging too hastily.

Criticising wrongly.

Conflict lover, or conflict avoidance.

Not just being able to give criticism well but receive it well.

Speaking with truth with love.

Love how the Message version puts part of this…

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticise their faults – unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbour’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole travelling roadshow mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbour. [Matthew 7:1-5]

If you are like me, when I read just these few verse I acknowledge there is definitely room for improvement. The danger of thinking I have arrived and got these sorted is the moment I let my guard down, become complacent and then mess it up.

How is the Jesus Lifestyle a challenge for you?

Which Questions Shall We Answer?

Here we go then…

Based on all the comments & questions received, these are the ones to choose from for our next theme of The Elephant in the Room. Some have been bundled together or re-written as many were similar. We will preaching this series from Sunday 11th July…so make sure you don’t miss them and gather people to hear some answers. It provides us with an opportunity to answer 3 or 4 questions this time around.

You only have until the end of June. So please vote.
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