Online Resurrection Service
Jesus' death and resurrection offer hope. Following Him gives new life. We invite you and your family to experience the hope and joy Jesus gave to everyone when He died and rose again! This year, we'll be hosting our Resurrection Service online.
April 12 : 11:00 a.m.
Devotional - 4/9/2020
Thursday, Read: 1 Corinthians 15:35–43
As we approach Good Friday, we are reminded of the seven sayings of Jesus from the cross and the glory and the power in each saying.
Jesus was alone. He had come to His people, and His very own people did not receive Him. We are told that when Jesus was being arrested in the garden of Gethsemane, “all the disciples deserted him and fled” (Matthew 26:56). The crowds that welcomed him so recently and shouted, “Hosanna!” would soon shout, “Crucify him! … Crucify him!” (Matthew 21:9, 27:22–23).
Now, even His loyal Twelve had left and, at last, we hear Him cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). Not only had Jesus been forsaken by His human companions, but now in that desperate and lonely hour, He—because He was bearing our sins in His own body on the cross—had been forsaken by God. Jesus was enduring the suffering and judgment for each and every one of us.
How can you show your gratitude to God for allowing His Son to endure the shame and suffering of the cross?
Devotional - 4/10/2020
Friday, Read: 1 Corinthians 15:44–49
Good Friday celebrates the day our Lord died for our sins on the cross. We have read, heard, and tried to imagine the agony and suffering He went through because of our sins. At one point He said from the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30). Jesus meant that God had accepted His work on the cross as the penalty for our sins.
Christ’s death on our behalf is the reason God can forgive us and still be just. And His death teaches us the depth and breadth that there should be in our forgiveness of one another.
While that holy Friday was tremendous, it was only a prelude to Sunday morning when He was raised from the dead. Godly women had come to see His tomb, but angels made the glorious announcement, “He has risen!” (Luke 24:6). His resurrection guaranteed that we, too, will be raised, if we are believers and obey His Word.
As you celebrate the truth that Jesus came from Heaven to redeem you, are you reflecting His likeness to those around you?
Devotional - 4/11/2020
Saturday, Read: 1 Corinthians 15:50–54
From Genesis to Revelation, we are warned that “it is later than you think.” Paul writes to Christians in Romans 13:11–12: “The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
During this time of uncertainty of a global pandemic, there are millions of people around the world who do not have peace at this moment because they have never found the secret of peace. Some of them may have riches today as a result of greed and covetousness; but their souls are bare, their hearts are cold toward God, their consciences are dulled, and their minds are blinded.
They need to know that there is a God of marvelous love who sent His Son Jesus Christ to this world. And as a demonstration of His mercy, Christ—who is the Prince of Peace—went to the cross to make a way for peace between God and mankind.
Are you living in the reality of Jesus’ victory over death? In what tangible ways can you share that victory with others so that they, too, can have life?
Devotional - 4/12/2020
Sunday, Read: 1 Corinthians 15:55–58
Resurrection weekend is a season of great gladness for those who know Christ. But for those who are without “the light of the knowledge of God’s glory” (2 Corinthians 4:6), there is nothing to rejoice over.
Jesus left us with the great hope and certainty that He is going to return to bring a new Heaven and a new earth where, we are told, there will be no more (pandemics) sorrow, trouble, or death for those who have believed and followed Him. There will be trouble, sorrow, and suffering for those who have neglected or rejected Him.
As Christians, our great task is to obey the command to tell the whole world about Christ crucified, buried, yet risen again. Our prayer for you during this season of the year, when we meditate on our Savior’s great sacrifice for us on the cross, is that you will be filled with great peace and hope, because “He is risen!” That is the Good News.
As you follow Christ, are you obeying His command to tell others that He is risen indeed?
Invite a Friend to Service online!
Every church exists so that people can find a community who loves them, and even more importantly, discover who Jesus is and have a relationship with Him. We know the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ and we want to share that with the ones we love! To that end, we want to encourage you to invite someone to join you this Resurrection Sunday.
We know it can be difficult to invite your friend, family member, or co-worker to church. But, we all know how transformative the loving power of Jesus is and why it's so important. Think of how your own life is different because of your relationship with Jesus and your church community. While we understand it can be awkward to invite someone to church, that barrier is removed this year. Now, more than ever, people are inviting friends and family to join them for church online.
This Resurrection Sunday, we're challenging you to invite at least one person who isn't currently involved in a church anywhere! We can't wait to see what God does with those who are invited!