Looking Forward
2015-04-01
This April 12, Stone's Throw Church will be 5 years old.  We will have celebrated 5 Easter weekends together.  Every single Easter tends to stick out in my mind.  I remember how fearful I was on April 11, 2010 when we held our first worship gathering together.  I remember how overwhelmed I was in 2012 when we recorded our largest attendance in our short history at that point.  I can remember in 2013 when one of my friends approached me after the Good Friday service to tell me that his daughter had received Jesus as her Savior that night.  Now we look forward.  

This Friday, I am looking forward to gathering with the church family after a really big outreach effort this past week, in order to once again remember what Jesus has done for us on the Cross.

I am looking forward to serving a new friend's daughter her first communion after I listen to her tell me about her Savior.   

I am looking forward to preaching in a racially diverse crowd on Good Friday during the afternoon hours as we reflect on the 7 last sayings of Jesus from the Cross with 6 other pastors.  

I am looking forward to the harsh sounds of instruments in minor keys as they sing the notes of sin, despair, and the violence of the Cross.  

I am looking forward to the sound of a joyfully repentant congregation that sings of wondrous love, the full payment of their sin,  surrender of shame and guilt, and how they have all things in Christ alone.  

But I am also looking forward to Friday because Sunday is coming.  

I am looking forward to the mid-morning sounds of an excited congregation coming to church with a singular purpose.

I am looking forward to the young children making noise in the service that remind us we have a future and a legacy of the Gospel.  

I am looking forward to the sound of bagpipes to open our Easter celebration on Sunday morning.  

I am looking forward to the opening guitar riffs on a happy day as we stand before the throne of God in confidence because of the finished work of Jesus.

I am looking forward to preaching about the day that God won.  

I am looking forward to hearing the congregation sing about how Jesus had defended and continues to defend us from his and our enemies.  

I am looking forward to this weekend.

I am looking forward to seeing how the church will use the greatest weekend in history to share Jesus with others, grow God's church, and participate fully in God's mission and plan for them.

Let's mobilize again church.  Let our lives resound with the news of the greatest weekend in history – the day that God died and the day that God won.  What are you looking forward to this weekend?
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