The Triumph Entry ~ Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-38 John 12:12-15
Jesus had a powerful and influential three years of ministry. Crowds followed Him for a variety of reasons. I would have followed Jesus if I had witnessed what these people witnessed. If for no other reason, curiosity would have taken hold of me, and I would have fallen in line with the multitudes expecting something grand from the Galilean! You might feel the same way. As Jesus made His way into Jerusalem, there were crowds in front of Him and behind Him. Some no doubt followed Jesus because they had heard about His power, and they wanted to see it for themselves. Others would have followed Him anticipating what He might give them. The truth is this! Not many followed Jesus because they realized who He was. The Scriptures call Him Israel’s Messiah. According to the Prophets, Jesus was Israel’s Anointed Deliverer! Virtually any way you view it, the crowds followed Jesus because they thought Jesus would give them something. These Scriptures show us how serious they were about worshiping their Messiah.
Do you think this happens today? I do! I have asked myself, “Why am I following Jesus?” Some follow Jesus because their friends do. Others follow Jesus because of their parents. Why do you follow Him? Follow Jesus because of who He is and not for what He will give you!
Every so often a former member will contact me via email to thank me for our OUTWARD>>> email blasts! They want me to know that it is through the emails that they keep up with us and with what is happening at Grace Church. I hope you appreciate them as well 😊. Over the past few weeks my heart has been stirred as I have contemplated evangelism and discipleship. The need is so clear and now pressing in upon my heart and soul. We need to be more intentional in the way we share the Gospel. Just last week during Communion I looked over our congregation and guests, I was burdened just thinking about the possibility that some in my presence were not ready to meet the Lord. Our Bibles tell us that Jesus could come at any moment. We need to make our salvation sure and certain! We must be diligent in the way we share the Gospel with our children and friends. What if we don’t tell them? They could perish for lack of a witness! Please pray with me about this. Plus, if you are truly saved and have never been baptized please call me or one of our pastors and let’s make an appointment to talk about your next step of obedience as a Christian. These are not my plans for our church; they are the Lord’s plans that we are to obey. Remember, together is always better. The Lord has brought us together to share the Gospel with our city! Pray with me and go with me into Greenville so that others may know Jesus as we know Him!
Ninety-five percent of all Christians have never won a soul to Christ. Eighty percent of all Christians do not consistently witness for Christ. Less than two percent are involved in the ministry of evangelism. Seventy-one percent do not give toward the financing of the great Commission. SOURCE: Michael Parrott
I am looking forward to Sunday’s message from I Corinthians 13. We are working our way through these thirteen verses in a sermon series called “Love A More Excellent Way.” For over five months now I have been reading and meditating on these Scriptures. Needless to say, they are at the core of what the Lord expects from us as His church. Just think about how word would spread all over this area if we genuinely took to heart Paul’s words in I Corinthians 13. Loving God and loving each other is a powerful way to share the Gospel message. Pray for me as I continue to preach through this passage. It is obvious; the Lord wants to do a unique work in you and me. See you Sunday!
I want to thank Jamin, Chuck and Vicki for their good work among us! Let them know how much you appreciate their faithfulness to the Lord and to His church. I can tell you, they love you and they love serving at Grace Church. Cheryl and I agree… what a great privilege we have to serve you and to serve with you! God bless you… see you Sunday at 9:45 am for Sunday School.
Telling others the Good News!
Mike and Cheryl <><
Hello Grace Church!
I deeply appreciate each one of you! Grace Church is a unique family of believers chosen by God to represent Him right here in Greenville and Pitt County! Cheryl and I are blessed by the Lord to serve among you… we love you and we love what we do. We have been called to reach out into this area with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What a wonderful privilege we share! Our staff regularly prays for you as you move back and forth from school, your jobs and other places. We ask the Lord to use you and your family to point people to Christ. We share the Gospel and we pray that you will share your faith as well. I want to see people come to Christ and be saved. I want to see people discipled as followers of Jesus! I desire this for our church and our community. I also want to see it in our church family. I want to see those that are saved baptized. If you have questions about your relationship with the Lord, please call us or contact one of your church friends that can help you get your life right with the Lord. If you or your children need to be baptized, let’s do it. After becoming a Christian one should follow the Lord in believer’s baptism. Please share your faith with others this includes your children and grandchildren. Make sure they are saved! Make sure they are baptized! If you need help with this, please contact me, Jamin, Chuck or your friends within the church. Answer questions, follow up and let’s be obedient to the Lord as we grow in our faith. These are very important Christian truths. Let’s do them together.
Sunday morning we will come together around the Lord’s Table. The Lord has given us specific instructions regarding Communion. Jesus said, “This do ye in remembrance of Me.” Why do we share in Communion every month of the year? Here’s why: as believers we must not forget what the Lord did for us at Calvary. Jesus died on the cross making it possible for us to be set free from the penalty of our sins. Jesus hung on the cross for you and for me. He set us free so that we can serve Him until He returns. As your pastor, I take the Lord’s Table very seriously. I encourage you to do the same. If you have not received Communion over the past few months, you should be with us this Sunday at 11:00AM. Prepare your heart by reading Luke 22:1-22. I will see you at The Lord’s Table on Sunday.
I am so privileged to be the pastor at Grace Church. The Lord is blessing His work among us. I believe the Lord has greater things for His church… for us! I look back and see the blessings of the Lord on us. I am very thankful! But He has more for us… being satisfied with the past is not an option. Growing together is always better! See you Sunday!
Loving like Jesus!
Mike and Cheryl <><