Christian Education News for April
Women of the Word
We started our new study, Let It Go, on Tuesday, March 24th. It is a study by Karen Ehman which tells us that women are wired to control. We make sure the house is clean, the meals are prepared, the beds are made, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to where they’re going on time. But sometimes our strength of being conscientious can morph into the weakness of being a slight—or all out—control freak! This humorous, yet spiritual study will help you learn how to control what you should, trust God with what you can’t, and more importantly, decide which one is which! Join in anytime for great discussions and prayer for all.
All are welcome! Join us in the Parlor on Tuesday evenings starting at 6:00PM.
ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
Saturday, March 28th at 10:00
Meet in the Melching Hall Foyer
BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket)
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
EASTER MORNING BREAKFAST
Come for prayer, food and fellowship.
Pancakes/Syrup and Sausage (with catsup)
Fruit and Yogurt
Coffee, Tea, Juice and Milk
April 5th 8:00 to 9:30
SPONSERED BY THE YOUTH
Daniel Ehrenberg 04-01-98 Caleb Oren 04-11-96
Emmett Kantner 04-06-08 Liam Kramer 04-04-06
Owen Frame 04-13-10 Emilie Brown 04-15-96
Nolan Roode 04-15-11 Brock Gibson 04-17-96
Isaiah Whetstone 04-20-11 Grayson Krites 04-26-05
Faith Altenburger 04-27-10 Elijah Biederman 04-29-04
Hannah Kirby 04-29-04 Emma Crawford 04-30-02
If you see any of these youth, please remember to wish them a happy birthday or just give them the gift of a prayer for God’s blessing on their birthday and the year to follow.
Thank you to the Youth for sharing their gifts and love of the Lord as you did such a good job on the Sunday, March 15th service. Thank you to Daniel and Cameron for all the extra time they put in writing the sermon, it was worth it!
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
FELC and St. Paul UCC Join together for…
Cross Culture VBS – from Group. Everything you love about VBS-plus a fresh way to ignite kids’ faith by immersing them in another culture. Cross Culture VBS teaches kids what God is doing today both in their community and across the globe. It also teaches them essential qualities of God: God is real (Genesis 1), God is love (Luke 2:1-20), God is forgiving (Luke 23), and God is forever (John 14:1-3).
Save the dates of June 8th through 12th
From 9:00AM-12:00PMBottom of Form
FaithWeavers and Confirmation will start back on
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Question of the Month
Question: “Why is the truth of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ so important?”
Answer: The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event in history, providing irrefutable evidence that Jesus is who He claimed to be – the Son of God. The resurrection was not only the supreme validation of His deity; it also validated the Scriptures, which foretold His coming and resurrection. Moreover, it authenticated Christ’s claims that He would be raised on the third day (John 2:19-21; Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:34). If Christ’s body was not resurrected, we have no hope that ours will be (1 Corinthians 15:13, 16). In fact, apart from Christ’s bodily resurrection, we have no Savior, no salvation, and no hope of eternal life. As the apostle Paul said, our faith would be “useless” and the life-giving power of the gospel would be altogether eliminated.
Because our eternal destinies ride on the truth of this historical event, the resurrection has been the target of Satan’s greatest attacks against the church. Accordingly, the historicity of Christ’s bodily resurrection has been examined and investigated from every angle and studied endlessly by countless scholars, theologians, professors, and others over the centuries. And even though a number of theories have been postulated that attempt to disprove this momentous event, no credible historical evidence exists which would validate anything other than His literal bodily resurrection. On the other hand, the clear and convincing evidence of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is overwhelming.
Nonetheless, from the Christians in ancient Corinth to many today, misunderstandings persist relative to certain aspects of our Savior’s resurrection. Why, some ask, is it important that Christ’s body was resurrected? Couldn’t His resurrection have just been spiritual? Why and how does the resurrection of Jesus Christ guarantee the bodily resurrection of believers? Will our resurrected bodies be the same as our earthly bodies? If not, what will they be like? The answers to these questions are found in the fifteenth chapter of Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth, a church that he established several years earlier during his second missionary journey.
In addition to growing factions in the young Corinthian church, there was rampant misunderstanding of some key Christian doctrines, including the resurrection. Although many of the Corinthians accepted that Christ has been resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:1, 11), they had difficulty believing others could or would be resurrected. The continuing influence of Gnostic philosophy, which held that everything spiritual was good whereas everything physical, such as our bodies, was intrinsically evil, was essentially responsible for their confusion regarding their own resurrection. The idea of a detestable corpse being eternally resurrected was, therefore, strongly opposed by some and certainly by the Greek philosophers of the day (Acts 17:32).
Yet, most of the Corinthians understood that Christ’s resurrection was bodily and not spiritual. After all, resurrection means “a rising from the dead”; something comes back to life. They understood that all souls were immortal and at death immediately went to be with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). Thus, a “spiritual” resurrection would make no sense, as the spirit doesn’t die and therefore cannot be resurrected. Additionally, they were aware that the Scriptures, as well as Christ Himself, stated that His body would rise again on the third day. Scripture also made it clear that Christ’s body would see no decay (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:27), a charge that would make no sense if His body was not resurrected. Lastly, Christ emphatically told His disciples it was His body that was resurrected: “A spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have” (Luke 24:39).
Again, however, the Corinthians’ concern was regarding their personal resurrection. Accordingly, Paul tried to convince the Corinthians that because Christ rose from the dead, they also would rise from the dead someday, and that the two resurrections – Christ’s and ours – must stand or fall together, for “if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised” (v.13).
“But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (vv. 20-22).
When Jesus Christ was resurrected, He became the “first fruits” of all who would be raised (see also Colossians 1:18). The Israelites could not fully harvest their crops until they brought a representative sampling (first fruits) to the priests as an offering to the Lord (Leviticus 23:10). This is what Paul is saying in verses 20-22; Christ’s own resurrection was the “first fruits” of the resurrection “harvest” of the believing dead. The “first fruits” language Paul uses indicates something to follow, and that something would be His followers – the rest of the “crop.” This is how Christ’s resurrection guarantees ours. Indeed, His resurrection requires our resurrection.
And to allay their concerns regarding connecting the spirit to what was deemed an undesirable body, Paul explained to them the nature of our resurrected bodies and how they would differ from our earthly bodies. Paul likened our deceased earthly bodies to a “seed,” and God would ultimately provide another body (vv. 37-38) that would be like Christ’s glorious resurrected body (1 Corinthians 15:49; Philippians 4:21). Indeed, just as with our Lord, our bodies which are now perishable, dishonored, weak, and natural will one day be raised into bodies that are imperishable, glorious, powerful, and spiritual (1 Corinthians 15:42-44). Our spiritual bodies will be perfectly equipped for heavenly, supernatural living.
Praise God for the gift of the resurrection
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, HE REIGNS!