One of the most significant days in the life of the church is Easter Sunday. Regardless of what we do to celebrate this special day, the events of this day remain the cornerstone of our faith. In reality, every Sunday that we gather is in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but this day in particular is pivotal, for without it, there would be no point in gathering any other Sunday. The apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:14, “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” Then in verse 19 he says, “if in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” What this means is that there is a lot at stake when it comes to the meaning of Easter. If we simply believe that it is a sentimental holiday used to merely provide us with a reason to get together with family and go to church, then our time together will be pointless. But if we believe that this is a day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, we will instead see it as much more than another holiday and as a reminder of the hope that is present in our lives.
In our Maundy Thursday service, I said that there is nothing obligating us to do anything special during the passion week or on Easter Sunday. The scriptures call us to gather regularly on the Lord’s day for worship, but nothing calls us to do anything unique this time of the year. At the same time, though we are not obligated, we do have an opportunity. We have an opportunity to fix our hearts and minds upon the greatest event in the history of world. In light of our culture of fear and confusion, we have the clearest hope ever given, right in front of us. Jesus rose from the dead to save sinners like me and you. Lets take the opportunity to remember that truth this Easter as we celebrate.
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” – Philippians 2:12-13
As always, here are the links to our livestream, weekly prayer guide and online giving:
First – Livestream:
Continue to join us at 10:30am on Sunday mornings.
Facebook live: HERE.
Guide for Worship can be found HERE.
Join us and invite a friend or family member to watch with you.
Second – Prayer:
An updated Prayer Guide can be accessed HERE.
Third – Giving:
To Give Online, Go HERE.
You can also mail your offering to 1416 Main Street, Grandview, MO. 64030
Health Guidelines: With no changes from the Health Department, we will continue in Phase 2.5 here in Jackson County. That means masks are still required. You can find the official guideline on mask wearing from the health department HERE. You can also find a video that outlines what Phase 2.5 looks like for our church HERE.
Passion Week Devotionals: In case you missed any of them, there were devotionals posted every day this week highlighting some of the benefits accomplished for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You can find those videos HERE.
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering: Every year at this time, we raise funds to support missionaries all over North America who are serving with the North American Mission Board (NAMB). This year, our goal at First Baptist Church is to raise $7500. You can give on Sunday mornings through one of our offering boxes located in the foyer or the welcome center. Just mark your envelop as “missions” or “Annie.” Or you can give online HERE and choose “missions” under the Fund tab. You can find more information about this offering HERE.
Ladies’ Bible Study: Ladies, join us for a Bible study through the book of Colossians on Monday evenings at 6:30pm. The study will be a video based study led by Sheryl Nelson. There is a sign up sheet in the hallway, or sign up by contacting the church office. You can find more information HERE.
Bible Study: We are currently in a study through the book of Galatians. We will continue to meet in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday and in the Sundays to come in order to spread out and remain socially distanced. We will begin at 9:15am. You can find a video explaining what to expect during our Bible Study hour HERE.
Nursery: Our nursery is open for children ages 0-3 every Sunday morning during the worship service hour only. We will fully comply with all regulations from the CDC and Jackson County as we seek to safely and wisely care for our children. You can find the health guidelines for the nursery HERE.
Grade School and Youth Sunday School: At 9:15am, our 1st – 5th graders will meet upstairs in U-5 and our Youth will meet downstairs in the youth room. You can find the health guidelines for these classes HERE.
Awana: Awana is a ministry where children ages 3 to 6th grade are welcome to come and hear the truth about Jesus, memorize Scripture, and play games every Sunday evening. You can view our health guidelines for this ministry HERE. We meet every Sunday night from 5:45-7:30pm.
This week we will be in Mark 16:1-8 for Resurrection Sunday. I hope that you will join us in person or via livestream.
Serving Him with You,
Pastor Michael Nelson