Christ died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ … This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:15, 17)
The Gathering’s annual Easter sunrise service at the Community Cinema outdoor amphitheater draws folks from a wide array of backgrounds. It is an ideal venue to proclaim the greatness of Christ in a non-threatening environment. The main message of the service: “God is NOT asking you to turn over a new leaf. He is inviting you to receive a new life.”
Worship was led by the Pure Goodness Band and the Good News Choir -- both comprised of neighbors from CF! The celebration reinforces the vision of The Gathering: to empower the greater body into a lifestyle of following Christ alongside the homeless.
One of the highlights of the Easter sunrise was the testimony and baptism of Johnny. His life before trusting Christ was marked by being raised in a home void of the presence of a father. Johnny made good choices growing up and attended church regularly. As he got older, he drifted from his Christian roots. He got married and landed a job as a police officer. Johnny started experimenting with drugs and in his words, “I misused my authority as a police officer and got caught up in being a ‘bad cop.’” This led to divorce, prison time and the sobering realization that his greatest hope for forgiveness and restoration was reconnecting with a simple faith in Jesus. The loud response from his neighbors, friends and supporters at CF! was an tangible affirmation that God is NOT asking you to turn over a new leaf. He is inviting you to receive a new life.
“I love the people of The Gathering and appreciate everyone’s support and encouragement to create a Christ-centered mission at CF!,” Johnny shared. “You are making a difference and are a part of my new life story.”
Thank you for fueling our mission to help imperfect people (like Johnny) find and follow Christ.
Please pray …
that God would keep us focused on the simple power of the Gospel of Christ to change lives
for more volunteers to sign up and serve The Gathering… our mission is ideal for both small and large groups that desire to be a blessing to folks in need … sign up to serve by clicking on our volunteer calendar HERE.
God would multiply our small groups that meet throughout the week at CF! We trust the Lord to raise up more leaders who are committed to making progress in their faith journey
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