April 15, 2019
By Steve King
Why would we gather this Friday evening with 15 other churches and para-church ministries to celebrate the brutal execution of a first-century Jewish carpenter and call it “Good” Friday?
Because we believe that that carpenter was none other than the Messiah, who was promised hundreds of times in the Old Testament Scriptures, lived a sinless life, died to pay the penalty for our sins, and bodily rose from the dead. We believe that He is our only hope of salvation and the Lord of our lives. He unites us by the Holy Spirit into His body, the church, and we delight in coming together to adore Him. Join us this Good Friday for a special service in honor of Jesus’ sacrifice for us at 7:00 pm.
We believe that if Jesus Christ did NOT rise from the dead, our faith is worthless, we are still in our sins, and those who died trusting Him have perished (1 Corinthians 15:17-18). Therefore, when we gather Easter Sunday to celebrate the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, we are declaring the ultimate foundation of our faith—He has risen, He has risen indeed!
On Easter Sunday, we will discover, in Mark 16, three wonderful gifts God wants us to open every day by faith because Jesus rose from the dead: evidence for our minds, grace for our hearts, and purpose for our lives. Go ahead and read the gospel accounts of Jesus’ resurrection (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-53; John 20:1-21:25) and bring a friend with you to church.
Pray daily and come expecting God to work among us!