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?

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?

The Ultimate Turning Point

Easter is the turning point that everybody needs but too many still don’t understand.

Tomorrow is the opportunity to preach the Cross.
Tomorrow is the opportunity to point people towards their Saviour.

This is my first Easter preach. Want to get it right. Excited by the prospect of seeing lives transformed. The power of the Cross should always be remembered. Easier to get excited by the power of the Resurrection and the new life it brings than the pain endured on the Cross.

We can celebrate the death of Jesus. It may seem a strange thing to do but when you understand the reasons why Jesus endured the Cross, you know there is reason enough to celebrate it.

YOU CANNOT HAVE A RESURRECTION WITHOUT THE CROSS.

One leads you to repentance.
One represents forgiveness, justification, imputed righteousness, a great exchange of life transforming proportions.
One represents a new life.
One represents life reborn, a new heart imparted by the power of the Holy Spirit, adoption into God’s family.

‘The same power that raised Christ from the grave, lives in US’.

We must live a life worthy of ALL that Jesus DID for us.
We must live a life taking up our Cross, dying to self, living for Him.
It’s a challenge but one that we should literally give our all to pursue – to not live like that is to throw back into Jesus’ face all that he did for us. It’s almost like saying ‘Thanks, but no thanks’.

Let’s keep doing our best for Him. Whatever it takes!!

[Tell me why you love Easter?]

This Sunday is Easter: Make the Most of It!!

This Sunday is Easter…let’s make the most of it.

Sat pulling everything together for the preach of my life. Never preached an Easter message before. Mindful of the responsibility. Want to get it right. Could be the difference for someone and help them cross the line of decision. As J Lee Grady says in Charisma ‘It is the church’s responsibility to showcase the glorious Christ to a spiritually desperate multitude. He must be introduced properly. I pray we will be faithful in the way we present Him to our generation’.

We must CELEBRATE the resurrection of Jesus.
We must REMEMBER the Cross.
We must LIVE life with both of these events in mind.
We must do Jesus JUSTICE for all He did for us!!

Too many Christians have forgotten the cross.
Too many Christians take the resurrection forgranted.
Too many Christians live accepting mediocrity, not truly understanding the impact they could make for Jesus.

The CROSS OF CHRIST is the ultimate TURNING POINT…it is the ‘great exchange’ as Martin Luther wrote.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed [1 Peter 2:24]

This Easter…I am excited about the potential for breakthrough. In the words of Perry Noble (Pastor of New Spring Church)…I’m going to do my best to preach like its my last ever preach! If you are in Darlington then come & check Xcel Church out. Dolphin Centre @ 11am.

WHO CAN WE BRING?

[By the way Xcel Darlington: it’s also our Easter Egg Giveaway…an easy way to bless someone. Don’t forget to bring your Egg]