The month of April has been designated as REACHING REVIVAL month. Each Sunday this month, a different preacher will be addressing one of our REACHING REVIVAL topics:
Easter Sunday, April 1st, REACHING DOWN, Sermon by Pastor Mike
April 8th, REACHING UP, Sermon by Reverend Danny Jones – Pastor at Northlake Baptist Church
April 15th, REACHING IN, Sermon by Reverend Matthew Williams – Associate Pastor at Northlake Baptist Church
April 22nd, REACHING OUT, Sermon by Dr. Buck Burch – State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board and Former International Missionary to Russia.
Easter Sunday, I began our REACHING REVIVAL emphasis by preaching a message entitled, “When God Reached Down to Raise Jesus from the Dead, HE CHANGED EVERYTHING.” The point of the message was that God not only wants His people to believe in the Resurrection, He wants us to live in the power of the Resurrection every day. Attendance was amazing this past Easter Sunday as 205 people worshipped together at Grace. The spirit of worship was incredible as we all felt the presence of God REACHING DOWN to us and we all rejoiced in praise to Him for the new life we have through our Resurrected and Living Savior.
Today, Danny Jones will preach about what happens when we REACH UP toward God in Repentance and Faith. The Bible says;
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not of works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8)
That’s REACHING UP! When we Reach Up in faith to believe that Jesus Christ lived, died on the cross, rose from the dead and lives today as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, we are REACHING UP! No one can be saved without REACHING UP. The Bible says;
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
That’s Reaching Up! Whenever someone by faith asks Jesus to save them from their sins, come into their lives in order that they may become a born-again child of God, that’s REACHING UP! No one can ever be saved without God first REACHING DOWN to us through Jesus, and then by our faith REACHING UP to receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord.
The next time you hear the word BILLION, think about this:
- A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
- A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
- A billion hours ago we were living in the Beginning when Adam first met Eve.
- A billion days ago darkness was still on the face of the deep and the world was without form and void.
- A billion dollars ago was 8 hours and 20 minutes by the way our government spends money.
- A billion years from now where will you be?
By REACHING UP today to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord in your life, you can answer that question. By reaching up this morning, you will be with Jesus in heaven a billion years from now, or 10 billion years from now, or 100 billion years from now. Don’t be shy. Go ahead and REACH UP. Jesus is waiting to save you and give you the awesome gift of eternal life.