Easter at UPChurch was amazing! People filled the seats to celebrate the hope that Jesus gave when He rose from the grave.
Pastor Juan wrapped up the Follow Me Series with 'Is there hope?'
Have you ever asked yourself "There has got to more than life than this?"
People ask this because there is more to life then paying bills and dying. God created us to last forever. Forever goes beyond just this life and into eternity. This life is just a glimpse into forever.
Easter is the day that death died! Death is no more because Jesus rose up and conquered the grave.
When your hope is in Jesus, DEATH IS A TRANSITION NOT A DESTINATION.
There is nothing good you can do to earn your way to eternity in heaven, you simply have to place your hope in Jesus. God makes it so simple for us!!
Ask yourself, are you living or simply existing? Simply existing is just living for now and putting your hope in other things that won't matter when you die. When you are really living, it's because you know God has given you purpose. Don't be without hope. Live with Purpose!
Take a look at the slideshow below of Sunday. The Latin Worship led by our gifted musitians was outstanding. And the kids had so much fun at the egg hunt and did an excellent job putting on their musical performance.
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Easter is almost here! In just a few days churches all across this nation and world, will be celebrating the risen savior!! UP Church is one of many awesome churches that will make Easter Sunday a place of celebration. We will do it UP Church style! With great Latin Music and wonderful fellowship before, during and after our worship gathering. Easter is the ONE day where people are naturally inclined to peak-in and see what the church is up to, and they might be more likely to say yes. So here are 5 reasons why you should invite someone to Easter Sunday:
1. Do it because they are more than likely to say yes:
According to a survey done by Thom Rainer, 96% of those who don’t attend church would agree to go to a service if invited. More Americans search for a church to attend on Easter Sunday than any other day of the year besides Christmas. Really, what’s the worst that could happen?
2. Do it because the gospel will be clearly explained:
There's nothing better in this whole wide world, than HOPE. That is what we will be talking about this Sunday. The message of the Gospel will be clearly explained and offered through every element of our worship experience. And true to our form, we will push HOPE because no one can survive this world without it... The hope of our resurrected Savior!
3. Do it because you care.
We all have people in our lives that we care deeply about. God might use your invitation to church as the place where the seed of hope is planted in someone's life. Or it might be the place where your friend, family member, or neighbor's life is totally impacted and changed forever. Whatever may be the case, stepping in faith amidst rejection is totally worth it. The benefit outweighs the risk!
4. Do it because God said so.
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24). Only 2% of those who regularly attend church invite someone to go with them. (source: Thom Rainer)
5. Do it because someone's life could be changed for eternity.
If we were to take away the Latin Worship experience, the fellowship (coffee & donuts: God forbid!), the kids program & Easter egg hunt, the bottom line is that we do this solely as obedience to the commission to "go and make disciples." All the other stuff is just "bait" to bring people in so they can hear the saving message of Jesus Christ. At UP Church we keep it simple. We try not to do too much, but Easter is always a bit of an exception because of what is at stake and because more people are willing to come to church. For us is not about recycling Christians, but about making new Christians. So the Methods we use might be unconventional because, simply, we aren't trying to reach the religious who already know the church language, we are trying to bring the non-Christians. The message is the same unadulterated Gospel, but the language and method we use to present that message is different!
Now is the perfect time to pick out those people that you want to invite to an Easter experience. Prayerfully consider how you can ask someone to attend with you. Pick them up if it’ll help. Invited them to lunch/dinner after. Let this year be the year that you allow yourself to be used by the Holy Spirit to impact someone’s eternity!
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This can be a difficult question that is typically asked in the midst of a trial. It's a question asked out of hunger and a need for God at a diffucilt time. How do we answer it? God himself gives us the answer in His Word.
“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”
Isaiah 43:1-2 ESV
God will never leave you! The question we have to ask ourselves is do we come to God with the heart of an orphan or the heart of a son? An orphan feels alone and hopeless but a son knows that his father will provide no matter what. You are not an orphan!
You have a father and He wants to meet your needs and speak to your deepest places. He gives us grace. Grace inside the furnace is transformational. We will go through things but realize that even as we are going through the fire, we can be confident that God never leaves our side.
Join us this Sunday at 1 pm for Palm Sunday as we explore the next question, What about suffering???
Bring a friend and share the hope!
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