Thank you.

To every single person who walked through the doors of a TFHNY campus this weekend, whether you attended, volunteered... thank you for being a part of our celebration of Jesus!

 

"You don't have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?" John 11:25-26

 

Here's a quick 'highlight' reel of this weekend:

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Catch all the highlights at tfhny.org/easter

 

5 Tips For Inviting People to Church

There is power behind an invite. Jesus is the most important invitation you could ever offer, and it's the most important invitation anyone could accept. As individuals, and as a church collectively, we are reaching more people to encounter the love and message of Jesus. 

Here are some tips to help:

1. Pray for specific people
When God lays someone on your heart, trust He'll give you the courage to reach out. 
 

2. Pray you would have God's heart for the lost
Lost people are a priority to God. Our willingness to reach out will alter eternal outcomes



3. Pray for courage
"Since we have such a hope, we are bold" 2 Corinthians 3:12

 

4. Remember your own story
Don't focus on dear, focus on God's grace in your own life. Pray the He would allow you to watch the stories unfold in the lives of those you invite.

 

5. Know salvation is not up to you
Your job is faithfulness. Trust the Holy Spirit to stir their hearts. 

 

Guest Post: Representing Christ

Below is a post from one of our MessageMaker interns. MessageMakers is our ministry program that raises leaders to proclaim the hope of the world through the local church.


Representation is something no human on earth needs help defining. Everyday we all are making bold statements of loyalty to sports teams, clothing brands, political parties, musical artists, and more. We are freely using ourselves to support what we embody and financially aligning with what is personally worthy of representation. The concept of representation is not a difficult one, but how often do we find ourselves representing everything but Jesus in our own lives?

I understand! Life is not easy and we each have tons of things happening all at the same time. However, our legacy has to be greater than a busy schedule and our favorite hobbies.  If an impact is going to be made, then we must represent Jesus by being EVIDENCE.
 

To represent Christ is to say "I want to be living proof that Jesus is alive and living through me." It truly is a lifestyle and not a decision. My dad always told me that representing Christ does not mean I have to walk around with a Bible and begin every sentence with 'thou,' but instead live a life that shows the love of Christ in the way that I walk, talk, and interact with people. Sometimes it is about being different. We have all heard the phrase ‘something is different about you.'

I constantly find myself trying to deny what the world is throwing my way in order to live as a representative of Christ. The world follows trends and what’s cool now. It’s not always a bad thing but it usually excludes what we as Christians know to be true. If we simply watch the news, walk around a mall, or look at ourselves for too long- we will know that Jesus doesn’t always get the best representation.  It is always so refreshing to here someone use their spotlight as an opportunity to be evidence of Christ.

If we were all honest, we would rather look at the chaos of the world and what others fail to do instead of trying to be the evidence of Christ in the world. Going on a journey like Message Makers, forces you to stop playing the blame game. I can’t wait for someone else to show love to my city or wait for someone else to read the Bible. Message Makers has helped me to stop wishing for a good relationship with Jesus and work for one. I don’t want to comfortable knowing a few scriptures and sometimes being loving to others. I yearn to draw attention to Jesus with how I live my life. Developing a foundation that strongly represents Christ Jesus inside and outside the church walls.

So what does representing Christ really mean to me? It means transformation. My life no longer belongs to me, but it belongs to Christ Jesus. Yes, I will always  love wearing my Houston Rockets gear and I will never stop singing Disney tunes at the top of my lungs. Still, you will know that there is something different about me and his name is Jesus.

Alexis Wilson

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Only when the Word lives in you, will it stick up for you.

1. If spiritual growth is intentional, not accidental. How do we grow?

1 Peter 2:2 says “As new born babies desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow there by.” The word desire also means cry out.

What grows us spiritually? The Word of God.

Jesus says ‘The words that I speak to you are Spirit and they are life.’ He says that man shall not live by bread alone but from the words that come out of the mouth of God. Those words are captured in Scripture! The moment you read Scripture, it will feed you on the inside. And you will spiritually grow. 

2. Only when the Word lives in you, will it stick up for you.

In John 2:14 it says "I've written to you young people because you are strong and God's word lives in you. You have won the victory over the evil one."

The Word is alive in you. When we read Scripture it is outside of us but when we memorize scripture now it lives inside of us. 

Only when the Word lives in you, will it stick up for you. Only when it’s living on the inside will it speak. 

Some of us walk through fear, anxiety, torment, and if the Word is on the outside you’ve got to go find a scripture. But if the Word lives on the inside of you before you even reach the anxiety it begins to say ‘The Lord is on my side.’


3. You will only overcome the enemy when the Word speaks up in you.

You will only overcome the enemy when the Word speaks up in you. You cannot overcome the enemy by saying ‘You will not do this to me’ with your arms crossed and a determined look on your face. With that you have no chance against the enemy.

The Word of God is the standard that speaks up.


4. An encounter that transforms our very existence. 

1 John 2:13 'I'm writing to you fathers… (this is an indication of gender but rather of maturity)…because you know Chris who has existed from the beginning.' 

The word 'to know' is 'to be resolved and absolute.' In other words he says you know Jesus. You don't have just about Jesus.

Scripture says when you become mature in Christ it’s because you have now come to know Jesus through personal revelation. It’s no longer about Him, it’s knowing Him.  

Jesus Christ as the only way, the only truth and the only life - I’m not holding that revelation because of a good argument, I hold that revelation because of an encounter. And that encounter transforms our very existence.