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Easter—the Beginning?

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.
Matthew 28:16

The angel told Mary Magdalena at the empty tomb; “go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” Mark 16:7

Jesus said: “repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Luke 24:47

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” John 20:21

Easter is a wonderful time in the year. It occurs in the spring – a time of warmer weather, and new life. The church goes all out every Easter as we should. Jesus has died on the cross for us, and on the third day as promised rose from the dead defeating death for all eternity. And we shout “Christ has risen” He has risen indeed” we do this with great gusto realizing we have been saved from our sins once and for all. There is no written law we have to follow in order to receive forgiveness of our sins. Through the grace of God and our faith, we the baptized who believe are saved, and did nothing to deserve it. In the death of one, we all receive new life, and we rejoice.

But life with Christ did not end on Easter. It was only the beginning. Discipleship did not end at the cross or at the empty tomb. It was a new beginning for all the disciples. They went back to Galilee and spent time with the risen Lord, no doubt to receive more instruction that would prepare them to be sent out into the world. How else would the world learn of his victory of death?

Our discipleship does not end on Easter. In many ways, we go on to Galilee for more instruction when we attend Sunday school and study the Holy Scriptures with other disciples or as we gather for worship and experience his words for us through the reading of scripture, proclamation from the pulpit, through the hymns, and the prayers.
Our little trips to Galilee each Sunday lead us into greater service to the Lord. For each of us, it is different, and it will vary through the years. Sometimes we give our time to serve, other times it is money to help others go out into the world. For most of us, it is a blend of both.

The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth was not an ending, but a beginning of a new life for all his disciples then, through the ages and today.

Jesus did not let his disciples mourn for long, as he told them: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

In Christ,

—Pastor Ernie

news & events

May 9Community Breakfast

8 AM—10 AM in St. John's Fellowship Hall. Come & bring your neighbor—Donations accepted to benefit Iredell Christian & 5th Street Ministries

May 14Men’s Breakfast

Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 AM at Gregg’s BBQ in Statesville.

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Wednesday, April 22 -
Office Closed

6:00 pm Youth
6:30 pm Handbells
7:30 pm Chancel Choir

Thursday, April 23 -
Office Closed

6:30 pm Civitans

Saturday, April 25

9:30 am WINGS Executive Board

Sunday, April 26

9:30 am Sunday School (all ages)
10:30 am Worship

Monday, April 27 - Office Closed

6:00 pm Young Life (Scout Hut)

Tuesday, April 28 - Office Closed

7:00 pm Yokefellow Meeting

Wednesday, April 29

6:00 pm Youth
6:30 pm Handbells
7:30 pm Chancel Choir

Thursday, April 30

12:00 pm Lunch, Scripture & Prayer

Sunday, May 3

9:30 am Sunday School (all ages)
10:30 am Worship

 

 

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