There are two major events at MSBC this month that you need…I say you need…to clue in on!
First, on Sunday evening, March 6th, beginning at 5:30 pm, Main Street will be hosting Harvest America, a live nationwide FREE event, broadcast from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and streamed to thousands of host locations across the country, including Main Street Baptist Church. This event will feature music from Chris Tomlin (you know who this is, right?), Lecrae, Switchfoot, and MercyMe, and a clear gospel message by Greg Laurie. The goal of Harvest America is to impact a nation desperately in need of the hope found only in Jesus Christ.
Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California. He began his pastoral ministry at the age of 19 by leading a Bible study of 30 people. Since then, God has transformed that small group into a church of some 15,000 people. Today, Harvest is one of the largest churches in America. Along with his work at Harvest Ministries, Greg Laurie served as the 2013 Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer, and also serves on the board of directors of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
From approximately 5:30-7:15 pm. we will stream the Christian music concert portion of Harvest America by the featured artists listed above. At approximately 6:45pm., Chris Tomlin will lead worship in song, leading up to Pastor Laurie’s message. The event will end around 8:00 pm.
As you have been reminded on several Sunday mornings through the video messages of Greg Laurie, please be in prayer for this evangelistic event, invite friends to attend (particularly people who are not Christians), and bring them with you on the evening of March 6th. The broadcast will be held in our worship center. The atmosphere will be very casual. So remember: pray, invite, and bring!
Second, this month we will celebrate Easter! To celebrate our Lord’s resurrection, we will explore the last sayings of Jesus from the cross in the two week message series 7 Words “Improving Christian Performance through Cross Training” on Sunday, March 20th, and Easter Sunday, March 27th.
When we hear the term “cross-training” today, it usually refers to an athlete who trains in some sports activity other than the one in which that athlete competes. The goal is to improve overall physical performance. Furthermore, cross-training can also refer to the combining of exercises in one’s personal work-out routine to work varying muscle groups and different parts of the body. While these two types of cross-training certainly have their place of importance, there is another type of cross-training that is of far greater importance and lasting value.
The cross-training in mind for our two week, Easter season message series is the one that Jesus provided with his last seven words or sayings from the cross. The last words of famous people just prior to their deaths has had an ongoing fascination for many through the years, because last words can give some insight into the final mindset of the people in question and what they wanted to leave as guiding direction for those left behind. With this in mind, Jesus’ last words do not disappoint.
While Jesus’ last sayings were technically not his last words, since he arose from the dead to speak again, he nevertheless did express and leave behind poignant truth that when applied can exercise various spiritual muscle groups and improve overall Christian performance for the glory of God.
Plan now to be here for both Harvest America and & the 7 Words Easter season, message series. By the way, following the Easter Sunday morning service, there will be an Easter egg hunt in the gym for children (toddler age through fourth grade). There will be prize eggs to be found and prizes rewarded to those children who find them. It will be a fun time for all.
So, have a great March, be sweet, and live love!
Your friend and pastor,