Having just celebrated Christ’s resurrection, we are in the 40 day period that Jesus appeared repeatedly to the early believers. I heard someone say this week, “Jesus didn’t raise from the dead and begin preaching again, but he returned to cook breakfast for his friends.” We too were served breakfast last weekend at Immanuel with our Easter “Deluxe Continental Breakfast.” We’d like to give a special thanks to the team that worked so hard to prepare that meal for us. Job well done!
If you haven’t heard yet, there is a Christian movie playing in the theaters entitled, “The Case for Christ” that is based on the book by the same name written by Lee Strobel. Lee was the Legal Editor for the Chicago Tribune and a professing atheist when he set out on a two year journey to prove that the claims of Christianity were false. He got out a legal pad and began writing the pros and cons of what he had found out. He realized that Jesus not only claimed to be the Son of God, but he backed it up by returning from the dead.
One of the most convincing evidences Lee found was the change in the disciples after the resurrection of Christ. He saw how the disciples changed from reluctant, timid followers to courageous servants who were willing to die for what they believed. It wasn’t something that someone told them, or that they heard in Sunday School, or read in a book. No, they had seen the risen Lord with their own eyes. Also, the Apostle Paul encountered the risen Christ which so convinced him that he wrote, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” (I Cor. 15:17)
I don’t know how long you have been a Christian, but let me challenge you to investigate anew the resurrection of Christ. Maybe read through the events after the resurrection in the Gospels and book of Acts. Ask God to show you that the resurrection of Jesus is at the very core of our Christian beliefs. Without it, as the Apostle Paul says, “our faith is in vain.” And because of Christ’s resurrection we too will be raised with him. Hallelujah!
Matthew 8:1 – 9:34
Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:2-6
Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
Sunday Evening Service
Loving the Seen and Unseen
1 John 4:20
New Members Class
If you have been worshipping with us, and you would like to learn more about our church, or if you think you might be interested in becoming a member, we invite you to attend our upcoming new member class, Sunday, April 30th after the morning worship service. Lunch is provided so please reserve a spot by registering here.
Participation in the class does not commit you to church membership, but it is an opportunity for you to find out more about the life and ministry of our church and to give prayerful consideration to whether you want to enter into membership. Childcare can be provided if that would make it possible for you to attend.
Sunday, May 14 is Baby Dedication Sunday
If you would like to have your infant/child dedicated on Mother’s Day, please sign up below.
Walk for Life
Saturday, April 29
Registration 9:00 a.m.
Walk Begins 10:00 a.m.
Only a 2 mile walk so bring the whole family! The walk starts at our church and will be held rain or shine. If interested in being part of an IBC team, contact Renita Like: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 22 – Friends of Israel Prophecy Conference
April 29 – Pregnancy Resource Center Walk for Life
– Youth Senior Honors Banquet at Maggiano’s
April 30 – Matt & Stephanie Van Gorden Report, Reception & Offering
May 14 – Mother’s Day/Baby Dedication
May 27 – Youth Hiking
June 25 – Churchwide Fellowship