On December 4, 2006, 19 year old, Private Ross McGinnis, was on patrol with four comrades in the suburbs of Baghdad, Iraq, when an Iraqi insurgent threw a grenade into the Humvee where Private McGinnis manned the machine gun. As the grenade landed, he yelled, “grenade” to the men below, but rather than jumping from the turret to save himself, he dropped down the turret and used his back to smother the grenade. His ultimate sacrifice saved the lives of the men inside who were covered with his blood.
Private McGinnis’ life giving action drives home what our Lord was trying to teach his disciples when he said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matt 16:24) Contrary to popular belief, Jesus was not saying that we must accept a burdensome task or bear a problem that we have. No, by referring to the cross, the symbol of suffering and death, he was saying that we must put to death our plans and desires, turn our lives over to Him and do His will every day.
Let’s ask ourselves, “Is Christ master of our lives?” Have we turned everything over to him? In Bible days, when a person carried his own cross it meant only one thing – they were going to die. There was no doubt they were going to die a torturous death. Although Jesus most likely will not ask you to die for your faith, he wants us to turn over total control to Him. The Apostle Paul put it this way in Galatians, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (2:20)
“Commitment to Christ means taking up your cross daily, giving up your hopes, dreams, possessions, even your very life if need be for the cause of Christ. Only if you willingly take up your cross may you be called His disciple. The reward is worth the price. Jesus followed His call of death to self (“Take up your cross and follow Me”) with the gift of life in Christ: “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it” (Matthew 16:25-26).” Got Questions
Preparing for Sunday Worship
The King & His Kingdom
(The Gospel of Matthew)
Sermon Title & Text:
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh— Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and all who dwell in the desert who cut the corners of their hair, for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.”
Pure Hearts & Confidence
1 John 3:2
Happenings at IBC
BRAILLE CIRCULATING LIBRARY is looking for volunteer assistance 3-4 hours a week for computer data entry.
Moderate computer skills needed. This work will last for a couple of years requiring about 3-4 hours per week, dependent upon the supply of data being processed by an outside contractor. Working in a safe, comfortable place with new equipment and someone there to assist, at all times.
Contact William Jeffries at 804.543.1337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to order an Easter lily or hydrangea in memory or honor of a loved one, please contact the church office. Cost is $12 for the lily and $18 for the hydrangea. Deadline is March 26th.
April 1 – Monument Avenue 10K
April 2 – Baptism
April 14 – Good Friday Service/Communion
April 16 – Easter Sunday
April 22 – Friends of Israel Prophecy Conference
April 29 – Pregnancy Resource Center Walk for Life
Easter Deluxe Continental Breakfast
Once again we will provide our traditional Easter Deluxe Continental Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 9:30 am. Since this is for the whole family, we will be suspending our normal Sunday School classes and nursery (both children and adults) so that all can attend. After the breakfast, the usual nursery and Church Time children’s activities will be provided. Please use this opportunity to invite your family and unchurched friends to the breakfast and the victorious service celebrating our Savior’s resurrection that will follow.