From The Pastor's Desk

A is for April and for Apologetics
Sermons on apologetics – proving the existence of God and Biblical truths.
Declaring the truth of the Resurrection – Is the resurrection real? YES!
 Looking at: why is the resurrection such an important central truth to the legitimacy of the claims of Chris-tianity? The Bible declares in Romans 10:9 that affirming the truth of the resurrection is central to the confession of Christ as the Savior. If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  
 The word of God continues with stating the fact of and effects of the resurrection of Christ. 1 Corinthians 15: 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 1 Corinthians 15:20a But, Christ has indeed been raised from the dead,.. and 2 Corinthians 4:14 ..we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence.
 Without the resurrection Jesus is still dead and there is no eternal salvation for anyone. Because of the res-urrection you can be assured of a real hope. It would then be an extreme understatement to say, it is important to understand and believe the truth of the resurrection. Our very faith is dependent on the reality of the resurrection of Christ.  
 Invite family and friends as we celebrate Easter and Resurrection Sunday!  
      6:30 AM   Sunrise Service near Warehouse Landing Boat Ramp  
            with Breakfast at Newington following
      9:00 AM   Sunday School  
    10:15 AM   Worship with Lord’s Supper
Discipleship for Today’s Challenges
Three events to help provide discipleship resources for the challenges of today’s changing culture. See the details for these events elsewhere. 1. Answering the Challenge Apologetics Conference April  17-19. There will be many options for your study. Friday evening and Saturday seminars will end with a Question & Answer time with the event leaders. 2. Secret Church The changing moral climate has my attention, your attention and also the at-tention of Rev. David Platt, IMB President. The changes and the passive response he saw from the church, led him to develop a teaching event he calls Secret Church. on Friday April 24 starting at 7:00 pm. It is an intense study done in six cram packed hours of Bible Study. 3. Counter Culture - The changes also led Rev. Platt to write a fol-low up six week study. It will be offered as a joint Youth & Adult study on Wednesdays April 29 – June 3 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Counter Culture is based on Romans 12:2a Do not be conformed to the world... It addresses nine areas: Poverty, Same-Sex Marriage, Racism, Sex Slavery, Immigration, Persecution, Abortion, Orphans, & Por-nography. All of the studies are separate and not dependent on each other. No prerequisites.
In Love and the Hope of the Resurrection,
 Pastor Mike