Wednesday, March 31, 2010

This Changes Everything

Pastel colors. Bunnies. Sugar-coated fluffy marshmallows. Egg hunts. Family brunches. These are the images that are usually evoked around the Easter holiday.

But at the heart of Easter is a celebration of a particular event—Jesus' resurrection. This Sunday, Andy Stanley will retell the original account of that fateful morning when Jesus' tomb was found empty.

"Why do you look for the living among the dead?" was the question the angels asked of those who were looking for Jesus.

Jesus was... is alive. And that has changed everything.

Join us this Sunday at Access Church, 10:30am. See you there!

If you are one of the hardy volunteers serving on Easter Sunday, we've got something special planned for you. At 9:25am we'll have a worship service designed just for you—a time to celebrate all that God is doing at Access Church through our amazing volunteers. We'll pray together and commit Easter morning to His glory.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Easter Baptisms - Register Now

This Easter is going to be an amazing celebration at Access Church. Not only will we celebrate the historic event by which Jesus conquered death on our behalf, but we'll hear specific stories from some of you at Access whose lives have been personally changed by Christ's death and resurrection.

Baptism is a great way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a public declaration of your trust in Christ, and a symbolic representation of what took place in your heart at that time.

It's when you get to tell everyone of your acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

It represents your sharing in His death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to our old life), then rising again (new life).

In baptism, you are symbolically washed clean, your sins having already been forgiven by His death on the cross.

Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God.

Have you never been publicly baptized as an adult? Would you like to declare your trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation this Easter? You can go here to learn more and register. We'd love to have you be a part of this amazing day!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

JumpStart - March 21

Our spring JumpStart at Access Church that is just around the corner.

Jump Start is an engaging 30-minute presentation where parents and kids learn together about what it means to have faith in Jesus Christ.  We will discuss:

  • Who Jesus is
  • What faith is
  • What it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus
  • How to lead your child to faith in Jesus
  • What Baptism is all about.  This is a must attend for your child to be baptized.  We will share details about when, where, and how we will celebrate baptism for your children this spring.

Our next JumpStart will be held in the UpStreet Theater on March 21  immediately following worship at 11:45am.  There is limited space and materials available.  So please register by Friday, March 12 if you plan to attend.  You may register by emailing Adam Flynt and letting him know how many from your family will be attending JumpStart. See you then!

Monday, March 08, 2010

New Series: Text

No matter when or where you hear the familiar "ding" on your cell phone, a text message gets your immediate attention. You're compelled to pull the phone out of your pocket and read it.

What if God sent you a text message?

In Text, Andy Stanley says that God has, in fact, sent you a message—it's called the Bible. In this amazing collection of writings, you'll find poetry, prophecy, biography, war, sex, and betrayal. And most importantly, you'll find the story of a loving Father who goes to incredible lengths to redeem his children.

Join us for this three-part series beginning March 14 at Access Church. See you there!

And help us choose the March 14 opening song! Text 99503 with the following to place your vote.

ACCESS1 - Beat It (Michael Jackson)
ACCESS2 - Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
ACCESS3 - Fly Like An Eagle (Steve Miller)