- EASTER, Sunday, March 27th: Easter is the time of the year when so many people are open to going to church. Many are waiting for us to invite them. Pastor Lee wants to challenge every person to invite two or three families to join you at church on Easter Sunday morning.
- EASTER EGGS: We are still collecting eggs and candy for the Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday morning. You can also donate funds. On your check or envelope, mark the amount you would like to go toward the Easter Egg Hunt.
- KIDSFEST: This is an event where children can enter a variety of events from derby car racing to music. There will also be an Obstacle Olympics, and the Bible Quiz Team will be competing. This is on Saturday, April 2nd beginning at 9:30am at First Church of the Nazarene. 10715 West Avenue, 78213
- CROSSROADS LEARNING CENTER AND ACADEMY: Sarah Ramirez, our Learning Center and Academy Director is looking for some positive personalities who love children to work at our Learning Center. If anyone is interested or if you have a friend who is interested, please contact Sarah. Her email is email@example.com. Or you can call the office and ask to speak with Sarah. (210-623-4500)
- MEALS ON WHEELS: We are still looking for more volunteers to help with Meals on Wheels. These volunteers take one day every other week and during their lunch hour, they come to the church and pick up meals that are then delivered to homebound folks that live right around the church. If you are able to volunteer or if you want more information, contact Isela Conchas. You can call the office (210-623-4500) or you can email her: firstname.lastname@example.org
- ALABASTER OFFERING: We will be taking an Alabaster Offering on Sunday, March 20th. We ask our members to gather change each day and then on this day, bring it as an offering for Alabaster. Our sister churches all around the world are doing the same thing and this money goes toward helping to build buildings on the mission field.
READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE:
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (NIV)
- When you read this passage and compare it to John 20 where Jesus said as the Father has sent me, so I am sending you, what is the significance of Jesus saying that He came to seek and to save that which was lost?
- Do most Christians see this as their mission when they begin each day?
- What does it mean to 'seek' after something?
- If salvation comes from the Lord, how can we save anyone? (Facilitator Notes: We can't save anyone except to get them to Christ where they will encounter His love and mercy which will draw them into salvation.)
READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (NIV)
- Jesus was also sent as a light into the darkness. When we compare this to John 20 where Jesus said as the Father has sent Him, now He is sending us, what is the significance of Jesus being sent like light into the darkness? (Facilitator Note: We are also being sent like light into darkness. We are not the light, but we carry the light. We are lamps while Christ is the lamp. We are to be like lamps carrying the Light of the World into the darkness.)
- What kind of effect does light have on darkness?
- What kind of effect then are you to have on the world?
- When the light is switched on in a dark room, the light invades, intrudes, shines into the darkness. Are we supposed to invade, intrude, shine into the darkness that it might be overwhelmed? How do we do this?
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (NIV)
- When the Lord puts someone in our path that is broken, robbed, beaten, hurt, and dying, according to this parable from Jesus, what should we do?
- Who would the man beaten represent in your life?
- Just something to think about:
- Who in your life needs you to pray for them?
- Who in your life needs you to pray with them?
- Who in your life needs to see an example of the love of God?
- Who in your life could use a word of encouragement in person, by text, letter, or email?
- Who needs to be asked if they are ok by someone who truly cares and will listen?
- Who needs to be invited to church or a Lifeline?
- Whose darkness do you need to carry the light of Christ into?