Good Friday: The Believer and the Cross

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“‘Christ died for our sins’…it is the very essence, the very centerpiece, the very core of our faith. It is the bedrock upon which every precious truth of salvation rests. If that one statement were to be removed from the Bible, there would be no Bible. If that one statement were to be removed from the gospel, there would be no gospel. If that one statement were to be removed from the faith, there would be no salvation. Christ died for our sins, my friends, is not just a wonderful something, it is a marvelous everything.”–Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor

Oh, the GOODness of Good Friday! It’s the day that stands at the center-point of history–the day in which Christ, by dying in our place, secured every heavenly blessing for us.

In a special Good Friday sermon, Teaching Pastor Wil Owens shares the joy we find when we really grasp the greatness of Christ’s saving power and the magnitude of our sin.

“Atonement means that since my sins have now been paid for, since my sins have now been cleared from my record, since my sins have now been washed away, I now have been made right with God. I have been reconciled to God. I have been made righteous before my holy, righteous, Creator. He is now my Father…What this means then is that since Christ took all the ugliness of my sin upon Himself and paid for it with His death, I now have and enjoy all the beauty of every gospel grace given to me freely in Christ.”–Wil Owens

The Son and the Cross

 

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‘The Crucifixion’. Rubens, Pieter Paul (1577-1640)

These few days before Easter are a precious time to reflect on Christ’s sacrifice for His children through His crucifixion.

Pastors Dave Parker and Paul Micu team up to deliver a message about the heart of Christ for God the Father and for His children.

Jesus Christ’s redemption of us through His death enables us to draw near and rejoice that our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Is yours?

The Father and The Cross

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What questions does the crucifixion of Christ raise in your mind?
Is God loving or is He cruel?
Is God a cosmic child-abuser? Did Jesus have to beg the Father to love us?
With clarity and passion, Pastor Sam Musgrave answers these questions and gives us a fresh look at the crucifixion from God the Father’s viewpoint. Don’t miss a chance to better understand God’s love for you!
Sinful man saw an insurrectionist crucified as a criminal. The Father saw the eternal Word who was in the beginning with Him; the fullness of His own deity in flesh; the visible image of His own invisible nature; God Himself obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross…Never has the Father seen such faith, such love, and such glorious, resplendent, manifold witness to the greatness of God!– Pastor Sam Musgrave

A King Arrives…To Die

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“This is the final time Jesus will make this journey to Jerusalem. This is Jesus on the way to the cross and marks the beginning of His final days on earth. This begins the events that will lead to His crucifixion and…paves the way for Jesus to be the final sacrifice for sin. Jesus, the Lamb of God, will be slain on Passover. Everything concerning salvation that God has promised and that the OT has been pointing to will culminate in the substitutionary death of Christ.” Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor.

The solemness of Holy Week begins with Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem–what we now celebrate as Palm Sunday. Truly like a lamb to the slaughter, our king comes humbly on a donkey, as a servant of man, to die in our place. Fulfilling prophecy down to the smallest detail, believers gain confidence that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ and will undoubtedly fulfill His promise to return for His own.

Follow along as Teaching Pastor Wil Owens takes us through Scripture and discusses that fateful day–the day when the final countdown to mankind’s redemption began.

 

Book Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is one of the most beloved children’s classics of all time, although it is not just for young readers! C.S. Lewis was a gifted writer with a keen sense of the human condition and of how Christianity, in its truest form, is the answer to all of life’s serious questions.

Just as Bunyan captured the struggles and joys of salvation in his thoughtful analogy Pilgrim’s Progress, so Lewis masterfully captured the drama of redemption in the genre of fantasy. Whether its Edmond’s portrayal of sin and forgiveness, the Lion’s act of substitutionary sacrifice, or the defeat of the Wicked Queen, a wealth of biblical truth is presented throughout the adventures of four kids in the land of Narnia.

Large, true-to-life and true-to-Scripture themes like deceit, courage, and reconciliation are easily recognized, both as the story develops and as the reader relates to the narrative.

Above all, my favorite description of Lewis is his embodiment of Christ as the great lion, Aslan. When questioned by the children if Aslan is safe, Mr. Beaver replies, “‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” By saying he isn’t safe, Mr. Beaver was referring to his awesome and great power. As Mrs. Beaver says, “…if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.” His very presence strikes fear. His roar drowns all other sounds and stops the hearts of his enemies. Of his might, there is no doubt.

However, might is not his only obvious, glaring trait. Coupled with being the mightiest of all, he is also good. His might is not used to trample, to dominate, or to tyrannize. His might serves his goodness. He makes right. He does right. He puts down the foe and raises up the friend. He ends the curse of an enduring winter with no Christmas and brings about a kingdom of peace. He’s good.

This enjoyable classic is one to read and read again.

Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor

History’s Greatest Rescue

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“The Cross of Calvary is the epitome of sacrificial heroism. It stands far above every other account of one death for the lives of many, one sacrifice for the rescue of others. For this death was unlike any other death; this was the death of the Son of Man. This rescue was unlike any other rescue; this rescue saved others eternally. The many who were saved by this willing sacrifice far outnumber any other.”  Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor

Teaching Pastor Wil Owens continues his journey through John where Jesus Christ reveals not only that His death is imminent but that through it, “I will draw all people to myself.” John 12: 32b

Draw close and listen!