Sunday's easter service was great! We broke 100 people for the first time in the sanctuary. The theme & title of the message was "Lead Me to the Cross." We looked at the necessity of the cross. The fact that the cross makes you choose what do you believe. You can't ignore it. The cross isn't just a religious symbol. You either will believe & pick up YOUR cross & follow Christ or simply dismiss it. But to just dismiss it you've had to answer the question, "What if I'm WRONG & they are right?" Because if we (Christians & the Bible) is wrong, what have we lost? NOTHING! But if you a non-believer is wrong then you've lost EVERYTHING!
I pointed out everything that Jesus nailed to the cross on our behalf. First & foremost our sins. Since the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23) & since we all have sinned (Rom 3:23) death had to be the penaly. Jesus took that for us! Not only did he nail our sins, but everything else Satan uses to bind you up & put you down with. Every addiction & stronghold can be broken thanks to the power of the cross. Then think of stripes he bore on his back for us. I can picture every time that guard hit Jesus & ripped the flesh Jesus would cry out that one was for cancer...that one was for heart disease, that one was for AIDS... His stripes are for our healing! Physical, mental & spiritual healing. Something we all need from time to time.
In closing I had everyone come to a big cross (pictures on my pictures page) & nail a nail into the cross. Signifying the need that they needed Jesus to take care. Some people wrote down healing, some wrote names of lost loved ones, & others what their stronghold was & nailed that paper to the cross. It was truly a powerfuly time. We saw 5 salvations & 10-15 re-commitments for Christ.
I believe it was a life changing day for many people as well as in the life of Living Waters! Thank you God for showing up in a big way!!