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Holy Week Worship

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Beautiful Savior offers several worship opportunities during Holy Week.  We would love for you to join us for any of these services!

Palm Branch

PALM SUNDAY

Sunday, April 14th – 9:30AM

Jesus triumphantly enters into Jerusalem as the King. We shout out joyful songs of praise.

 

Communion

MAUNDY THURSDAY

Thursday, April 18th – 7:00PM

Jesus demonstrates a love unlike any other. The King of kings becomes a willing servant.

 

CrossGOOD FRIDAY

Friday, April 19th – 7:00PM

Service of Darkness

Jesus gives up his body and pours out his blood as the perfect sacrifice.

Empty TombEASTER SUNDAY

Sunday, April 21st – 9:30AM

Celebration Service

Jesus is risen to free us! Freedom dawned for us on Easter morning as Jesus rose victorious.

An Easter Brunch will be served following worship. All are invited to attend.


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Jesus

Jesus Is…Alpha and Omega

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JesusHave you noticed the subliminal messages businesses incorporate into their logos? A close look at the FedEx logo reveals an arrow signifying that FedEx is going somewhere. The Tostitos logo has the figures of two people dipping a chip in salsa. The Amazon logo has a smile connecting the letters A and Z in its name to indicate that you can find anything on their site from soup to nuts, or more appropriately: from A to Z. You pretty much can, too. Visit Amazon’s website and you can find just about anything you could ever imagine.

No less than three times in the book of Revelation, Jesus describes himself as the Alpha and the Omega. He says it at the very beginning of the book, chapter 1, verse : “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” If you were ever in a fraternity or sorority maybe Alpha and Omega ring a bell, maybe not. Alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet and Omega is the last. What Jesus tells you when he describes himself this way is that he is your A to Z. He is everything you could ever want or need.

Jesus has already met your greatest need: the forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness is essential to our life. Every pain we have inflicted, every scar we’ve left, every broken heart and dashed hope – whether ours or another’s – are the result of an inability to consistently be who we want to be and who God has designed us to be. That’s the tragedy that is sin. Jesus has forgiven and covered that sin. In addition, he gives us faith to receive that forgiveness and all of the other blessings he connects to it, including salvation and eternal life. We can’t earn his forgiveness. We can’t go online to Amazon and buy it. Jesus gives it to us as a gift of his love, as our all in all; our Alpha and Omega.

From the beginning of our life to the end, he promises to be with us always. In times of trial and frustration, he supports and strengthens us. In grief and pain, he comforts us. With times of joy, he blesses us. He promises to meet all our needs; food, clothes, shelter and companionship. We don’t have to wonder if he can or will. There’s no search bar where we have to type in the keywords of a product we’re looking for. Jesus, the Alpha and the Omega, promises in his Word to supply all that we could possibly need, in this life and in the next.

I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

– Jesus


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Successful Life

Secrets to a Successful Life

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Successful LifeWhat does it take to be successful?  Books, DVDs, magazines, and life coaches are committed to the answer for that question.  Do they truly have an answer?  God’s book, filled with his message for our lives, gives us an answer we can rely on.

Join Beautiful Savior in July and August for our worship series as we explore the secrets to a successful life.


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Jesus Is….Son of God; Son of Man

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JesusWhat titles do you have? What titles would you like to have? Doctor? Professor? Governor? Mr. President? Princess? (Seriously!) The appeal is understandable. Those titles carry honor. They carry prestige. Some we can earn. Masters, doctorates and other post-graduate programs are in high demand. Some are simply given. All provide opportunities to have a great or better life.

What about these titles: “Holy One”? “Son of God”? Jesus had the highest of all titles already at his birth. The Bible shares how an angel named Gabriel spoke to a woman named Mary: “The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). Jesus is holy. He is the true Son of God. The titles “Holy One” and “Son of God” indicate that all power, wisdom and authority belonged to Jesus even at birth because as true God he possessed them from eternity. His name is above every name and over every title and authority that can be given.

Maybe you struggle with the concept of a God who is over ou universe and a man named Jesus who lived 2000 years ago supposedly has an impact on your life right now. Maybe that’s too much for you to put any stock in, but consider what it means for you if the Bible is true. Jesus, the Holy One, the Son of God, di not keep himself from seeking another title, decidedly a step down. It did not require a four-year graduate program or many evening classes, but it did require humble service, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). Jesus also took the title Son of Man. He came down from heaven to earth to take up our cause and to die a humble death on the cross—a death that should have been ours, because we were born and created to be God’s own, but have instead pursued this title: sinner.

Jesus became our Savior. Even with the title Son of God he willingly took the title Son of Man, in order to die for us on the cross. Jesus loved us enough to do that for us, and now he gives you a new, prestigious title: Child of God!

“The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” – Gabriel

“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Jesus


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Come Follow Me

Come Follow Me Study

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Come Follow MeCome Follow Me is a movie that depicts what it means to follow Jesus.  This movie is based on the Bible and recounts the experiences of one of Jesus’ most prominent followers, Peter.

Peter had doubts and fears, shame and burdens, but Jesus assured Peter of his loving forgiveness. Peter was a faithful follower of Jesus through Jesus’ own power and promise – the same promise Jesus has for you.

Please join us as we examine the themes you will discover in Come Follow Me.

Details:

  • Discussion-based studies of Come Follow Me
  • Sundays, May 4th – 25th 2014, at 10:45am
  • DVD’s available as our gift to you.

These studies will focus on the following segments of the film:

May 4th – In the Upper Room (Download Study Guide)
May 11th – The Denial (Download Study Guide)
May 18th – At the Sea of Galilee (Download Study Guide)
May 25th – A New Future (Dowload Study Guide)

We hope that you will be able to join us!

Your children would be invited to join our Sunday school classrooms during this time. We also invite you to join us in worship at 9:30am on those Sundays.

Watch the trailer!


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Easter: The Victor's Spoils

The Victor’s Spoils Worship Series

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Easter: The Victor's Spoils

For forty days we followed our Savior as he battled against sin, death, and the devil.  Jesus defeated every enemy that had its grip on our throats.  He triumphantly proclaimed his victory on Easter Sunday as he rose from the grave.  We have renewed our celebratory cry, “Alleluia! He is risen indeed!”

Jesus is risen indeed!  He is the conquering hero! We not only celebrate his victory, but we also rejoice over the spoils of his war that he now shares with us.

Join us at Beautiful Savior on Sundays, April 27 – June 8th, at 9:30am for this exciting series!


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April 2014

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How Majestic!

“Ride on, ride on, in Majesty…”  Jesus rode into Jerusalem as our majestic King.  That classic hymn is fitting, isn’t it? Jesus does exude majesty.  Our God exudes majesty.

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

So begins, and ends, Psalm 8.  God is truly majestic.  We see it in his creation. When we remove the distractions and distortions of stubborn hearts, or complaints, or regrets, we are compelled to praise God for his majesty.  Children understand the greatness of God and are quick to praise him for it.  Certainly there were children among those who lined the path with palm branches as Jesus rode into Jerusalem.  What joy must have filled their young voices at the sight of Jesus! When the Pharisees told Jesus to rebuke the crowd and silence those children, Jesus said, “If they were silent, the stones would cry out.”  The Psalmist captures that compelling nature of God’s majesty:

“You have set your glory above the heavens.  From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise…”

Yet, when we consider God’s majesty aren’t we struck by our own unworthiness?

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?”

God’s creation opens our eyes to his power, his goodness, and his perfect majesty.  His works, made by his own hands sit in stark contrast to the works we try to accomplish with our feeble hands. When we look at our life and our work, what majesty is there?  None.  Instead we see the blemishes and defects of sin littered across the landscape of our life.  Why would God care for us?

That’s his true majesty. God crowns us with glory and honor, even in our imperfection. God’s true majesty is found in what he did for us through Jesus.  After Palm Sunday it seemed Jesus’ majesty was stripped from him.  He was beaten, ridiculed, and hung upon a tree to die.  The creator of the heavens and the earth suffered as the worst of criminals.  Yet, this was God’s majesty: the king who would die for his subjects; the king who really did care for his people; our God who cares for us.  So Jesus died for us. He died to remove our blemishes and he rose to life to give us his majesty.

On Easter we celebrate his life and the life he gives to us.  Psalm 8 speaks first about Jesus and then what Jesus gives to us:

You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.  You made him ruler over the works of your hands; and put everything under his feet.

This Easter, and always, let us join to say:

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”


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Jesus is…Redeemer

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JesusSpring is coming. (Hopefully!) Soon, at baseball games and track meets, many Americans across our country will join to sing our National Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner. In that song we sing of “the land of the free and home of the brave.”

Do you feel free? Really free?  Or do you sometimes feel trapped?  Do you sometimes feel like a chain is shackled around your ankle? Do you feel the chains of work responsibilities that clink against home responsibilities?  Do you feel the chains of pain, or financial strain, or the chains of guilt as you look back at mistakes you’ve made?  All of those chains, and the clamp on our freedom we feel, are linked to the chain of death.  We only have one life to live and everyday the end is closer.

Soon, people around the country will join in singing another song.  On Easter Sunday their voices will ring out: “I Know that My Redeemer Lives.”  Samuel Medley wrote this hymn, but another man gave him the inspiration for the key line.  This man’s name was Job.  Thousands of years ago, in one of the darkest hours of his life, Job said, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.” (Job 19:25).

What is a redeemer? A redeemer is someone who delivers others out of trouble and grants them freedom by paying the great price that is on their head. Jesus is your Redeemer.

To think of Jesus as your redeemer, picture this:

The devil is pulling a huge caged wagon crammed full of prisoners.  You are one of those prisoners. Jesus stands in the middle of the roadway and asks, “Who are these people?”

“They are the world’s sinners.  I am taking them to hell with me,” the devil snaps back

Jesus looks at him and says, “I don’t want that. I will buy these people from you?”

“Ha-ha!” the devil sarcastically sneers, “You don’t know what you’re asking. The price is very high. And these people won’t even love you for it. They’ll doubt you, complain against you and even curse you!”

“That doesn’t matter. I will still buy them from you.”

“The only price high enough is your very life!”

Without hesitation Jesus responds, “I love them. I will pay the price.”

Jesus paid the price for you.  He paid with his life given up on a cross to release you from your prison and give you true freedom.  And then something incredible and amazing happened. Jesus rose from the dead.  That is the celebration of Easter – that your Redeemer is alive and your Redeemer says to you, “Because I live, you also will live!” (John 14:19)

Jesus is your Redeemer.  He gives you true freedom each and every day.  This Easter celebrate what Jesus, your Redeemer, has done for you.

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.” – Job


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Jesus is…The Lamb of God

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JesusHave you spent much time with animals? If people were going to compare you to a type of animal what would you like them to choose? A lion…because you are brave? A bear…because you are strong? A fox…because you are quick and clever? An owl…because you are wise?

What about a lamb?

Maybe you haven’t spent much time around animals, but with what you know about sheep, would you want to be one of them? They seem so helpless, defenseless, and maybe even dumb. Yet, a lamb is exactly what someone compared Jesus to. His name was John and he was a prominent and popular figure. He saw Jesus walking toward him and he said, “Look! The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”

He wasn’t saying Jesus was helpless or defenseless, and certainly not dumb. This had a much deeper meaning. This would have immediately grabbed the attention of the Jewish people who heard it first. Every day they sacrificed lambs as part of their worship life. They knew their lives didn’t always follow God’s plan. They knew it was true: “We all like sheep have gone astray.” (Isaiah 53:6) They knew they failed to live up to God’s expectations. They knew they needed the blood of a substitute to pay for their sins.

You know those failures too. Whether we would like to admit it or not, we also are like sheep who have gone astray. Sometimes we don’t recognize the full magnitude of those failures – those sins, but sin isn’t just what we read about in the newspapers. It has weaseled its way into our own lives. Sin is when parents want the best for their children, but forget that what’s best isn’t having everything you want. Sin is when spouses want to be loving, but instead put their own needs and desires first. Sin is when teenagers struggle for independence, but go too far and become disrespectful to parents and other authority figures. Sin is nothing more and nothing less than failing to be the perfect people our perfect God expects us to be.

So Jesus became the Lamb of God. He became the perfect substitute whose blood takes away our sins. He is the perfect Lamb who never fell short of God’s expectations. He was our substitute offered on the altar of the cross. His blood fully pays for the sin of the world. And he paid for your sin too! He is the sacrifice that enables you to live life without fear of God’s punishment. Jesus is the Lamb who gave you what you could never earn—eternal life and a home with him in heaven.

This month our church enters a season known as Lent. In Lent our focus is on everything the Lamb has done for us. Come, gather with us and thank him who died for you. Join us as we say, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise” (Revelation 5:12).


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Jesus Is…Christ

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Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? If you have a “special someone” in your life – whether it is your wife or husband, your boyfriend or girlfriend, or your children – you probably want to start to think about Valentine’s Day and how you can express your love and affection. From chocolates to red paper hearts, there will be many expressions of love and affection exchanged once again this Valentine’s Day.

God has also expressed his love to you. In fact, there is no greater act of love than the life, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus for our salvation. All of the Bible, God’s massive greeting card to all human beings, revolves around this one supreme act of unconditional love!

That tremendous expression of love can be highlighted in a simple little word and title. Unfortunately, we often use this word in vain as we cry out in surprise or curse our bad luck, but Christ is a title of Jesus that truly expresses God’s love for us.

What does the word Christ mean?

Matthew begins his book of the Bible by recording the genealogy of Jesus: “…and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” (Matthew 1:16). As Matthew sets the tone for his Gospel, he is careful to note that Jesus was revered as Christ. This title is a form of the Greek word chrio meaning “to pour or anoint.” To anoint was to pour sacred oil over someone’s head as a visible sign that God had set him aside for a special task. Jesus bore the title Christ because he was the one God anointed – set aside – to be the world’s Savior.

Another biblical writer, John, reveals Jesus as the Word made flesh and then describes Andrew’s excitement when he met Jesus: “The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is, the Christ)” (John 1:41). Andrew bursts forth in joyful acclamation. He used the title Messiah, which is the Hebrew equivalent of Christ, “the Anointed One.”

The Gospel writer John is keen to point out that from the time Jesus presented himself publicly the hope of the ages was intimately associated with salvation in Jesus. Yes, at the time of his baptism Jesus’ anointing as the Christ took place in an eye-opening way: “heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17). Jesus was anointed by the Spirit of God and received the clear approval of his heavenly Father; a divine endorsement!

Because Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One, he is the one God chose, even from ancient times, to bring salvation; redeeming us from the curse of sin!

There is no greater act of love! Jesus, the Christ, is God’s magnificent valentine to you!

 


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