I’VE BEEN A MEMBER OF Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA FOR OVER 25 YEARS. WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT REACHING THE LOST AND ENCOURAGING THE BELIEVERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE HAVE MANY Events THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL. I HOPE YOU FIND THE FOLLOWING TO BE A BLESSING.
Three days before the First Easter, something very special happened: a man named Jesus died on the cross for us. Three days later, the Son of God rose again from the dead. He saw His disciples and spoke to over 500 people. Then, the Bible says He rose into heaven through the clouds. And one day, He will come again for us.
“5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” (Matthew 28:5-6, ESV) Bible Gateway
This is the Easter story that many have never heard. Since the Bible says to, “Go into all the world to preach the Gospel,” my church takes the opportunity every year to invite our local community to celebrate Easter with us. We call this the, “Kids Easter Resurrection Celebration,” also known as the “ERC.”
In this post, I’ll take you through what it was like and also share some testimonies of lives who were ministered to.
Things To Do
There were so many activities this year: live performances from our elementary students, an interactive story by the Youth Group, and a play by the Young Adults, and of course free food, crafts and games, and moon bounces.
Our elementary kids put on a very nice show, dancing and singing in their brightly colored shirts about our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Youth Group enjoys performing an interactive story in an outside tent that’s nicely lit up.
Every year, some of the Young Adults perform a skit based on a well-known theme with a message to give your heart to Jesus. This year, the theme was Willy Wonka.
This is my favorite part, the stories about the lives who were touched by the Gospel! The Lord could have reached them another way, but He chose to use the time at our ERC.
A wife whose husband unfortunately passed away recently was able to come. Her husband worked with one of our members, and she is a believer. Pastor Scott, whose first wife, Janet, passed away from cancer over 15 years ago, was able to share with the wife that life does return to normal in time. She was very encouraged to be around the people of God, and said that as soon as she came on the property, she felt the love of God.
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35, ESV) Bible Gateway
Another godly lady from our fellowship was able to comfort the wife with her own experience as well, as a very close friend had passed away in a car accident when she was young. Since the ERC, these ladies have been in touch.
Excited to Come
My friend, Katie, met a nice young lady at Gold’s Gym. She’s a believer and very excited about the Lord. Not having kids didn’t deter her from attending an event focused on kids (our ERC). She came, just wanting to be where God was.
She also visited on a Sunday morning service. As Katie was practicing with the band (she’s our wonderful pianist!), two of our friends were able to spend time ministering with the young lady. Another lady, Mrs. Carr, spoke with her. After service, she gave her money to buy some spiritual books from the church bookstore.
Her job has taken her to Florida. It’s a blessing the Lord allowed so many of our paths to cross with hers.
Challenged by the Lord’s Return
This is an exciting testimony of how the Lord is drawing a particular man. For the sake of our story, he is known as Mike. Mike, who works for a member of our church, was building a deck at a church family’s house. One of their teenage sons, Zach, shared the Gospel with him. “Man, is that boy a Christian!” Mike said of him to his employer.
Later, Mike and his family attended the ERC. He said he’s never met so many friendly people. The Lord is really drawing him.
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24:6, ESV) Bible Gateway
Lastly so far, Mike and his cousin attended our Spring Car Show (look for my next post). They saw 3rd Day Power’s ministry. Mike was particularly struck by a comment about the recent bombing in Syria. He was encouraged that the Lord is coming soon.
Overall, lives were ministered to. Sometimes, the Lord gives us glimpses of how He is working. I hope these few glimpses encouraged you to keep seeking the Lord with all your heart. For those who do not yet know the Lord as their Savior, I pray that one day you will.
About Calvary Temple
Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.
Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.