April 2019 News

FOCUS ON… Easter by Matthew Hosier, Gateway Church Poole

Easter is an intrusion upon our self-contained, self-confident lives. The image of a bloody saviour suspended on a cross interrupts our safe and sanitized existence. It is an offence, that image; and an offence that this is how the saviour appears. He doesn’t look like one of us. He looks like someone we’d never want to be, someone we’d rather pretend wasn’t there. He doesn’t look like a healthy and wealthy Westerner.

Yet it is this very saviour who we are to imitate if we are to find true life. That, like him, we are to be generous, not selfish. That, like him, we are to be humble, not proud. That, like him, we are to trust in God, not in our own resources. As Paul urges the Philippians,

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Easter breaks in on us all, rich and poor, healthy and sick, European or African. It shows how we are all in need and how that need is met only in the cross of Christ. It is a shocking message, that the Word became flesh, that Jesus was humble, that he was obedient, and died.

APRIL PRAYER FOCUS

  1. Favour and presence of God in all GodCentral meetings

  2. New people joining who are exploring who Jesus is or are new to the town

  3. Under-16s work including Champions which has grown in number this year!

  4. Alpha @ The Hare Pub – please be inviting your friends too

Ben Norris