7 Great Reports from Church Today

Yesterday I encouraged you to do all you could to be in church today. I hope you made it to one of our locations or our United @ 5 service. It has been a great day. We miss you when you are not able to be with us. Let us know if you need prayer by messaging us prayer@xcelchurch.com

I am always humbled by how magnificent our God is and how He works in us and through us. And I love being in church too. Here are 7 quick observations from today…

Our team across all that we do are amazing. 

Loved hearing about the Quiz from this week and people meeting people for the first time. 

The presence of God. How desperate are you for some of that?

Watching people of all ages connecting with one another, encouraging each other and worshipping together. 

For messages that are not just about your Sunday but much more for your Monday. Today was all about connection and being the best Kingdom people we can be.

Helping people take their next step on the Growth Track. Next one starts in January.

Telling people that those they have done the Growth Track with actually live round the corner. ‘We’re neighbours’.

What was your highlight?

The Lord is on His Throne

Have you ever said this?

As a Christian it’s something that I know. I say it from time to time. If I’m honest, sometimes I mean it and other times I think I’m trying to convince myself that it’s true.

The Lord is on His throne. [Psalm 11:4] According to the Psalm, ‘the Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven’.

From this position of glory, majesty, rule and judgement, the Lord has dominion, the Lord sees, the Lord examines, the Lord discerns our hearts.

Let’s declare it with a greater confidence. The Lord is on His throne.
Let’s declare it with stronger faith. The Lord is on His throne.

Let’s declare it with better understanding of its benefits.

He is out of sight but we are not out of His.
We may feel at a loss but He never is.
Our world maybe shaken but the heavens remain sure.
We might not know where to go but He has given us a place we can come to.

He may seem far off but He has made a place where we can see His face.

The Lord is on His throne and we can come boldly towards it for mercy and grace. Let’s people who don’t just know about this truth but instead be people who know this truth deep within their hearts and live from understanding all that it means for us.

What do you think?

Ready

It might be late on a Saturday night but after a busy day I am ready.

Ready for Sunday. Ready for getting to God’s House. Ready to gather with other believers. Ready to worship. Ready to receive all that God has for me. Ready to respond to God and to build others too.

I know that some may think I’m making too much of big deal about Sunday. Maybe it even smacks a little of religion but I promise you that’s not my intention.

I just have a desire for more of God. I know I can encounter God at home but I can also encounter God in His House. When we come together as a family of believers something happens. Where two or three are gathered in My Name (Jesus) I will be with them.

With a heart that wants to see as many as want to get the most out of their relationship with God and grow in their knowledge of Him, my encouragement is simple ~ let’s position ourselves in preparation to receive. Let’s get to our local church.

I Am Always With You

Such incredibly reassuring words that should bring us comfort and confidence to live the kind of life that would put a smile on Gods face. Instead there is a danger that the words have become too familiar that they have lost their power.

His presence with us so we do not need to be afraid.

His presence with us to help navigate through life. 

His presence with us from which we can draw all the strength that we need. 

His presence with us even when we don’t see it so obviously. 

Knowing He is with us can help us to consciously and consistently be the same person whatever the circumstances we find ourselves in.

Knowing He is with us can help us to trust that He has everything under His control.

Knowing He is with us can help us to always promote God and never ourselves.

We may know the words ‘The Lord is with us’ but the challenge is that we actually live like we believe it to be true. Every day. Always. In all things. That kind of truth brings the kind of freedom that I think Jesus wants us all to experience.

Here’s to living that kind of life.

Special Moments

Every relationship needs special moments.

That first moment when you meet your special someone. That moment when you try and pluck up the courage to talk to her, especially awkward when there is plenty of ‘setting up’ going on by others. The exchange of numbers. The phone call to check they are alright. The next time you are together. A walk around the lake. Holding hands. Talking and talking (and I mean talking).

Special moments. Daft stuff really but when you look back you can recognise them as pivotal moments. Those times that make the journey worthwhile and that now, after nearly 21 years of marriage, bring a happy smile to my face.

The same is true for my relationship with God. From the moment of realisation that I needed to accept Him for myself and not just because my dad and mum had. Getting baptised. Being filled with the Holy Spirit. Finding myself leaning up against the church organ after coming round from having been overwhelmed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Just learning to appreciate and have an awareness of God’s presence. Incredible moments when the Word of God hits you between the eyes, like they are speaking just to you.

Moments. Many moments. Special God encounter moments. You can’t necessarily build a relationship on them alone but they definitely make the journey what it is. Highlights and marker experiences along the way. Proof of someones love for me. Proof to me of God and His interest in me, plain little me.

Last Sunday was one of those moments. Unexpected in some sense. A Sunday night service hijacked by the power of God. An awareness of His presence. His peace that goes beyond all understanding. His power moving by the Holy Spirit and working in people’s lives. That never gets old.

Here’s the thing I have discovered about such moments. You have to put yourself in the place where they might happen. You have to step out and ask the girl, you have to pursue her, learn to appreciate her and understand how she ticks. There is often a little bit of inconvenience, a little bit of risk, some faith maybe.

It’s true with God too. When His people gather together as family, in His House, then anything can happen. You just have to be there to experience it though. I know that God can move in your living room but there is something powerful when Church is filled with believers. That atmosphere of faith, a determined focus on God, without distraction, time set aside to lift up His name and then allowing Him to have His way. Amazing.

I can’t make you be there, all I can do is encourage you to position yourself in the place where God encounter moments can take place. It may be difficult, inconvenient or a little bit risk but the step of faith on your part will be so worth it.