Dear Church of the Open Door family,

There are a lot of things clamoring for attention and space in our hearts. I know this is my experience, and I’m assuming it’s yours too.

Today you might be wrestling with some pressing questions that are bearing down on your life:

What is the doctor going to say about my blood work?
How are the bills going to get paid this month?
Is this relationship going to survive?
Am I always going to feel this way?

The Apostle Paul says there is one thing that deserves the title of first importance. Even in the uncertainty of this week, there is one thing that is so earth-shaking and glorious, it must be allowed to occupy the center of our existence. This truth must be preeminent.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 declares the only One and the only Event that must be of first importance:

For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received– that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures.

We will arrive at Good Friday and Easter in a few days. It’s the time when we are vividly reminded once again about what is of first importance. Those who experienced the death and resurrection 2000 years ago believed and were transformed. They were infused with the Spirit and with His hope and courage and they went out to change the world.

We too have believed and been transformed, and God has entrusted us with His Spirit, hope and courage to share the message of Jesus’ cross and victorious resurrection!

This Easter season we are asking our church family to be open to how the resurrected Christ would choose to use us. He is risen! Who will you tell?

Would you pray about this and take the step to invite one person to our Easter Sunday celebration?

Below are a number of tools that may be helpful in this process:

  • Pick up an invite card or two in the Worship Center lobby or at the table out front on Sunday.
  • Use our Social Media Invite to reach out to your friends online.
  • Download an Easter screensaver to help focus your thoughts on this special season.

I can’t wait to worship with you on Easter weekend and I can’t wait to rejoice with you in all that He has done!

Much love,

David Anderson

P.S. Join us this Sunday, Palm Sunday, for a message from Associate Pastor Ed Underwood about seeing the majesty of Jesus, and special worship songs presented by our CODkids choir.

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