Getting Ready for Easter Sunday March 23, 2008

life-is-good-logo.jpgMarch 23 Sermon “The Definition of A Good Life” Recently, I saw a hat and tee-shirt that was really cool in a store where I was shopping. It said, “Life is good”, but for millions today life is not good. As a matter of fact most people you meet are searching for a better life. It seems to me we need to define “a good life” before we can every began to search for it. Today in Acts 13:36 we will discover God’s definition of a good life.

Set List for March 23, 2008

Song                              Author                        Recording

Jesus Paid It All Elvina M. Hall                  Alex Nifong “Everything Glorious” Passion
All Because of Jesus   Steve Fee “We Shine”                        Fee
He Lives  Alfred Henry Ackley Traditional Hymn 
Salvation Is Here Joel Houston “Look To You”             Hillsong United
The Least I Can Do   Mark Roach  “Every Reason Why”    Mark Roach
O Happy Day  Tim Hughes “Holding Nothing Back”  Tim Hughes

It’s Easter Sunday, and we are really looking forward to a huge day at Oasis.  Have you invited anyone yet?  I know I have several people that I plan on inviting in the next day or two.  Our music this week is a celebration of our Risen Savior.

“Jesus Paid It All” is an awesome hymn that was revived in contemporary settings after a small phrase was added in 2006.  “O praise the one who paid my debt, and raised this life up from the dead”.  That small phrase really hammers home the message of the rest of the song.  When I was younger I remember singing “Jesus Paid It All” as a slow dreary invitation, but it’s actually such a great song of worship.  We owe Christ everything because He paid our debt of sin which we could never repay.  When we open services with this Sunday, let’s sing out with a voice of praise. You can check out Kristian Stanfill leading this song at a Passion Conference by clicking the link in the chart above.

“All Because of Jesus” is a song that you are probably well acquainted with by now.  Our lives would be worthless had it not been for Jesus.  For those who have accepted Christ as their Savior, this is just a reminder that every breath that we breathe is given by God.  I truly expect the rafters to shake (ceiling tiles in Conway) when we raise our voices together.  SING IT LOUD!  If you truly mean what you sing, and really think about what you are saying, how can we not let it out with a shout?  Check out Steve Fee leading this song by clicking the link above.

“You ask me how I know He lives?  He lives within my heart”!  It’s no accident that we flow from “He Lives” right into “Salvation Is Here”.  I love being able to mesh hymns and contemporary songs of praise with the same message. Just as the line above states, we know that Christ is alive, because He lives in us. We are praying that we will have many non-believers in our congregation on Sunday.  Keep in mind that those sitting next to you may not be saved.  As we sing these two songs, let’s make it our testimony that we know Christ lives.  Let’s also make it our prayer that God would reveal Himself to the lost in our service, so that they would soon be able to celebrate with us.

I tried to talk myself out of the song “The Least I Can Do”.  Why?  It’s a new song that probably nobody in our congregation has ever heard before.  It’s an awesome song, but my original thought was, “I don’t want to try anything new with us expecting so many visitors”.  The funny thing is, it’s that very point that ended up putting me at ease to use the song.  What?  Seriously!  Here’s my thought:  We’ll be singing a lot of familiar songs that are familiar to our members, but not necessarily to those who will be visiting (especially those who haven’t gone to church in a while, or ever).  Would it maybe make them feel not so much like an outsider if they were learning a song that even those who attended regularly where unfamiliar with?  Crazy?  Maybe, but for right now I’m running with it.  In all seriousness, I  feel like this is a song that God wanted included in this service.  I simply couldn’t get it out of my head the entire time I was planning the service, and everything else that I tried to put in it’s place just didn’t seem to fit.  You can get a head start on learning “The Least I Can Do” by clicking the link in the chart above.

We’ll close out services with “O Happy Day”.  We are praying for the biggest attendance we have ever had at Oasis Church.  Not just so we can have a huge crowd, but because we truly want to reach those who do not normally attend church.  When I sing “O Happy Day”, I think back to when I was ten years old and accepted Christ as my Savior.  It’s my prayer that we would have many that would be saved on Sunday, and when they sing “O Happy Day” they would always remember March 23, 2008. 

Can you tell I’m excited about Sunday?  Let’s all get busy inviting, and expect a big day at Oasis.  Thanks for taking time to check out what will be happening on Sunday.  Take time to pray for our services, and those who will be serving in them.  Let’s come together and celebrate louder and more passionately than we ever have before.   See you Sunday!

 Bro. Doug

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One Response to Getting Ready for Easter Sunday March 23, 2008

  1. Pam Bonham says:

    Hey, Doug… I’ve been listening over & over to “The Least I Can Do” – what a great song! I’m glad you didn’t talk yourself out of it…”Crazy? Maybe…”, but a little crazy can be a good thing! Really looking forward to worshipping together on Easter Sunday –

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