As you know, this weekend we will be celebrating Easter as a church. What a wonderful time of worship and rejoicing as we remember the resurrection of our Savior. We will be taking a look at the story of Jesus’ resurrection from the perspective of His followers. How did it affect them? How did they respond? For many of them, their actions were fueled by something much deeper than obedience. They were motivated by a love that gave them boldness and purpose. The title of this weekend’s Easter message is “FEARLESS LOVE.”
This week, we will be looking at the miraculous catch of fish by the disciples after the resurrection of Jesus. Through this miracle, Jesus teaches that when we encounter Him, we can’t go back to the comfort of our old life. We must move forward into the mission He has for us.
We will be learning about Jesus walking on the water and calling Peter out of the boat. Peter was inspired to face his fears because he was looking to and trusting in Jesus. Even though the storm was still raging, Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on the water. Jesus defies our fears by igniting our faith.
Ever wonder why all the disciples that Jesus called were men? Why was that? Was it because Jesus was just a product of His time? Was He just a patriarchal rabbi who looked down upon women? Contrary all such notions, Jesus actually treated women with a lot more respect than any of the religious leaders of His time. In fact, He elevated the status of women. Many women followed Him and were the first ones to receive news of the resurrection. So what's the reason? This weekend we will answer this very relevant question. It will help us understand why men are missing in most of our churches in America. It will also help us understand why Christianity is shriveling in America.