The Risen Lord…among us
Him…God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it (Acts 2:23-24).
The grave had no power to hold Him! The grave had no power to hold Him. So Jesus Christ is risen. What wonderful good news.
But as you contemplate on the empty cross, the empty grave clothes and the empty tomb, I want to encourage you not just to think of Jesus’ resurrection as something that happened in the dusty realms of an ancient civilization. Easter Sunday – or any Sunday for that matter – is not a memorial day. And the resurrection story is not a history lesson.
When the preacher says, “Christ is risen!” and when we agree and say, “Christ is risen indeed!” we must understand and be overwhelmed by the fact that Jesus is here among us today. In Matthew 28:20, the risen Lord Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” In Hebrews 13:5, Jesus Himself said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Jesus did not just rise from the dead and leave as though He was done with this world. No, Jesus rose from the dead so that He might be near us and in us for the glory of God the Father.
Jesus is risen; He is still alive and among us today. Do you believe this? Do you believe in Him?
See the Fields and Pray
He is Risen!
Sunday, April 5
7:30 a.m. Sunrise Service on the Pavilion
8:00 a.m. Sunrise Missions Breakfast
9:15 a.m. Teachers arrive to pray in Choir Room
9:30 a.m. Sunday School begins
10:45 a.m. Morning Worship
No Evening Worship Tonight
Wednesday, April 8
5:55 p.m. TeamKID
6:00 p.m. WN Reset
6:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting
7:15 p.m. Full Cantata Practice
Thursday, April 9
6:00 p.m. Ladies’ Bible Study
Friday, April 10
6:00 p.m. Parents’ Night Out
Saturday, April 11
8:30 a.m. WMH Clinic Team to visit Western Heights
9:00 a.m. Student Mission Project to Camp BaYoCa
The CityView U is raising money to serve on a mission trip this summer.
Next Sunday Night
We have begun a tradition of each year of celebrating a “Silent” Lord’s Supper. We invite you to come and participate with us praying and meditating on Scripture as we receive the Cup and the Bread in memory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Deacon Election Today
This morning at the end of the Worship Service, we will conduct a Deacon Election according to the Church Bylaws. We hope that you have spent time this week praying and carefully considering the men who you believe that God would have serve and help edify this church. We provided the information in the blue insert to help with this process. Please remember: this is not a popularity contest.
We ask that you write on your ballot the names of up to five men who you believe should serve this church as deacons. If you so wish, you may provide less than five names, but please do not provide more than five names, disqualifying your ballot.
After the ballots are collected, a deacon committee will count the ballots and contact prospective nominees according to the Church Bylaws.
Thank you in advance for participating in this process.
Something to Consider
Words from our friend (on the other side of the world)
Can you imagine a day where every person you see, interact with, and speak with will spend eternity separated from the Father? That is what life is like here every day. My roommate and I were sitting in a crowded food court recently discussing this matter (and I’ll go ahead and admit that we were eating Arby’s; sometimes you just want some curly fries).
At times it can feel like an overwhelming burden. How do I tell everyone in time? I can’t. So what do we do about it? For me that answer is that I moved here, I pray and ask the Father to do what He alone can do, and I work really hard to learn the language.
What about you, will you spend time considering this matter? Will you ask the Father what He wants you to do about it and be listening as you pray, read His Word, and interact with fellow believers? – Leslie