“if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.” (Romans 6:5 NIV11)

Trust, Die, Rise

Last night I joined my neighbours at the end of our drives clapping, cheering and banging pots for the brave people in the NHS saving so many lives.

My old university buddy, Peter Coates, went a significant step further.  Check out the link to a YouTube video of his performance. Penny tells me I should do something similar next week on our street. What do you think? And if so, what should I play or should we sing?

As ever, it's been a week of rapid learning. Evermore online technology to grasp hold of. And, something I been thinking about today, how can we capitalise on the extra visitors were coming to our online services in order to serve them with what they need.

Shortly after finishing this newsletter I shall be chatting to Christian Ray from Austin Texas and finding out about his resources for maximising evangelistic impact through online ministry. I'll let you know the fruits of that, but I'd be interested to know if you have some thoughts on this area.

My sermon this Sunday in Watford will be focused on these three  interdependent areas of the Christian life. Trust, self death and new life. I have been very taken with the book, "Life without lack" by Dallas Willard.  His exposition of the example set by Jesus of ultimate trust in his heavenly father, resulting in his self-death (both in the way he lived, and in the way he died), enabling the outpouring of God's love through the Spirit to his followers and the world is a compelling and inspiring narrative.

I'll be exploring how the Thursday to Sunday of the Passion week reveals Jesus bringing trust, death and life to its fullest expression. We will go from foot washing to the cross to the empty tomb. If you'd like to join us, please feel free to tune in on Sunday.

I wish you a very blessed and inspiring Easter weekend.

As has been shouted at dawn from hilltops across the world for 2000 years, "Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!"

God bless, and stay safe, Malcolm