How to Change a Life Easter Weekend
Easter can change a life. We are just four days away from celebrating at Restoration. We will have seven experiences for you to enjoy. You can find out more about what is happening and the times of the services here. We will learn that the resurrection is not just about going to heaven when you die. It is about the restoration of all things NOW! It is about this earth and everything in it today, now, this moment. If you want to grasp this, read all of 1Corinthians 15 in light of 1 Corinthians 15:58 this week. Wow!
EASTER MATTERS EVERY MOMENT OF OUR LIVES - NOT JUST ONE WEEKEND A YEAR!
So how can you change a life in the name of Easter this week? INVITE SOMEONE to church!
Before you stop reading, please keep in mind the three points below.
1.Everyone will resurrect from the dead and go somewhere for all of eternity (Daniel 12:2). Jesus rose from the dead as a sign of OUR future. He went to the cross to make sure we spend that future with Him (Luke 19:10).
We all have the opportunity to be a part of what Jesus is doing in this world. He is leading people to salvation through the cross. He is turning the saved into growing disciples who are being transformed by the Holy Spirit through the grace of God.
Inviting people to hear about Jesus and his good news is where it all begins.
2. I should not say "NO" for that someone that keeps popping into my head. You never know what is going on in their life and right now may be the BEST time to ask them.
I just called 30 people in our church to see how I could pray for them. Many of these people I don't even know. I just grabbed a random list from the database.
One guy was strung out on heroin.
One woman told me her best friends dad died a few days ago.
Another woman told me she was facing bankruptcy.
Everyone has a problem!
I forget this. I often think everyone is fine while I stay self-absorbed in my own problems. God is using people's problems to draw people to himself and grow them up spiritually (Hebrews 12:7-8).
Let's be careful when we start thinking thoughts like this.
“They would not be interested in coming to church.”
“They will think I’m crazy if I talk to them about this.”
“Maybe I should just pray that someone else will invite them."
However, what I've discovered is that so many people are just one more invite away from attending a service.
We all know that RESTORED PEOPLE RESTORE PEOPLE! Jesus has restored our relationship with our Heavenly Father. He wants to use us to restore others. With that in mind, let's not say "no" for people when God is saying "yes" in regards to us inviting them to a service!!!
3. I am accountable for the ask, not the answer.
We are in a partnership with God (1 Corinthians 3:6-9). We plant and water, but only He can help people grow through His grace. He does not hold us accountable for people's response. He does hold us accountable for inviting and sharing our faith.
God has called us to create amazing environments and experiences where people can hear the message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. We have stripped away rules and religion in favor of offering Jesus and Scripture in a way that actually relates to daily life. It's as simple as you and me being willing to continually invite people; caring enough about them and the work that God is doing here in Denver!
Spend time in prayer asking God who YOU need to invite to an Easter Service this year. I promise, it’s going to be OUR BEST EASTER EVER!