The biggest thing that happened Easter here at Alive is that 17 people made commitments to follow Jesus – that is so way awesome!!! Let’s do a little celebrating with these folks as they become a part of God’s family and begin a new life this week!!!! We are committed to living out Jesus mission by “Leading People Who Are Far From God To Be Followers Of Jesus”. Kudos to all our Weekend Experience teams at TwinPeaks, Oro Valley and our Web campuses.
We baptized 6 people at the Oro Valley campus and we scheduled another baptism for the weekend of May 21st and 22nd for those who have made decisions to be followers of Jesus. Baptism is such an important Next Step in our journey with Jesus. Baptism serves as a public identification with Jesus death, burial and resurrection and that we are a part of His church. Jesus commanded it for us as His followers and gave an example for us by being baptized Himself. Baptism is an act of obedience, commitment, and proclamation. I want to encourage you as a follower of Jesus if you have not taken this Next Step in your journey to consider joining us in baptism on the weekend of May 21st and 22nd. You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make sure you get on the list for that weekend.
Easter weekend was the beginning of a new weekend series called “Fearless”. We looked at Jesus first words after the resurrection, “Don’t be afraid.” We said that if we will “face our fears with faith we will live in freedom.” My prayer for us all as a church is that over the next few weeks we will experience a new level of freedom from all our fears as we dig in deeper to “Fearless”.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
2 Tim 1:7 (NLT)
Easter weekend services were an encouragement to all of us…as this series continues this weekend it will not only encourage you but your friends, co-workers, loved ones and neighbors. Take a few moments this week and invite someone you know that does not go to church or know Jesus and invite them to join you at a weekend service this weekend. I am going to be continuing the “Fearless” series with a talk I’m calling “A Matter Of Perspective” this next weekend.
Have a great week – know that I am praying for you Alive Church.
In Christ, Jeff
P.S. The Big Switch is happening this week for our student ministry – big concert on the Oro Valley campus on Wednesday evening where all of our campuses will be joining together – 7 pm.