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Easter 2018  -  "The Greatest Showman"



Easter is a fresh start. Easter is a new beginning. Not just for one- Not just for a select few! Jesus' cross and resurrection means there’s hope for all!  


Chances are someone invited you to check out this page and join us for Easter. Say, "yes" to their invitation! No matter who you are or where you come from, you’re welcome here. 


Join us April 1st at 9a or 11a for Easter at New Chapel.

 

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Welcome home.

what is "Easter - The greatest showman" all about?

It's been said that P.T. Barnum was the greatest showman on earth. He came from nothing and his circus traveled the world entertaining people for over 145 years. That’s an amazing story – But, with all due respect to Barnum, there’s a greater show that’s been playing out before and after him, and carries through to this day.

 

The “Greatest Showman” isn’t a man who’s legacy (albeit amazing) is fading…

 

The Greatest Show on Earth isn’t when moments of fun and excitement roll into town for a week; it’s broader and greater than the most complex stunts man can pull off: 

It’s a narrative following our vibrant Jesus:

…Whose INNOVATION in the creation of the universe wows people everyday…

…Who PERFORMS healings of every disease, deformity, and all manner of sickness…

…Who billed Himself as The Resurrection as He ACTS in love: working miracles, 

and raising people from the dead…

…Who PROMOTED, predicted, and PULLED-OFF the greatest miracle by the

PERFORMANCE of God’s Power with His own death and resurrection!

 

The Greatest Showman of all time is Jesus.

Jesus is still ENGAGING PEOPLE long after old great shows of simple entertainment have faded away. The power of His show is not based on deception or illusion, but on Truth.

Jesus’ ACTS on Earth were designed to reconcile the World to God. Jesus is a showman: 

He SHOWS us that He is The Way, Truth, and Life...

Jesus WORKS GREAT EXPLOITS, yet The Greatest Showman doesn’t live for the flash, applause, or the ostentatious glory He’s due: He uses all the WONDER to point to Another. 

Jesus has always welcomed THE OUTCASTS who RAN OFF to join the telling of the CURIOSITIES and WONDER within His Story.

 

In that, THE CURTAIN IS PULLED BACK: It reveals His deep love toward all humanity.

 

God’s greatest show, far beyond the splendor of creation, was truly shown in the WONDER of the first Easter weekend. It’s bigger that a one-time smoke & mirror carnival act; it’s The Timeless Story of the miracle Jesus ACTED OUT reconciling the World to God.

 

Join the families of New Chapel this Easter weekend at New Chapel Sunday, April 1st, at 9a or 11a for our "The Greatest Showman" Resurrection Sunday Service.

Bring a friend, a coworker, or even your local coffee house barista. Come comfortable. Stay as long as you like. Encounter a God who loves you and welcomes you into His Story.



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BTW, Is it "okay" to use cultural examples like, "The Greatest Showman" to preach Jesus?

 

As people get closer to God, there is a temptation to lose influence with everyday people who are (albeit open to our message) far from God. We need to be wise (Matt 10:16) about cultural opportunities to spread the Love of God.


Truly concerned Christians should remember that Paul used (racy) cultural examples to preach the pure Gospel Message. Paul purposefully traveled to an area of Greece called Mars Hill (Mars was a Greek God) into an area dedicated to be a worship center for other gods... Read in Acts 17:

 

Acts 17:22

Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you…

 

There were multitudes of statutes to false Gods - one of which was only the base. The Greeks, in order to not offend a 'god' the might have missed, dedicated one to an unknown god... It's very interesting that Paul would go out of his way to the middle of a very religious pagan area of cultural importance and use a Greek god to preach about Jesus.   Paul didn't run from cultural/ religious opportunitiesto preach the gospel; He used them. 

 

Acts 17:28

 “…for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said”

 

Who were the poets that wrote that phrase Paul used to preach Jesus? Was that found in the Old Testament somewhere? Did Moses write it? Is that canonical? No. It was a poem written by a sexually deviant Greek poet. Read the scripture again. Wow, right?  It’s the equivalent of using suggestive pop music to preach Jesus. Edgy? Absolutely. This was a tactic Paul and other great men of God have used since Bible times to bring Jesus' message of love across...  Paul said:

 

1 Corinthians 9:22

I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

 

That’s one of the reasons why Christianity was so revolutionary in it’s day.  Churches shouldn't validate  the sinfulness of culture, but churches shouldn't shy away from culture either. We should embrace cultural opportunities (like "The Greatest Showman") to spread the gospel.


Finally, read these articles from "Christian Today" and "Crosswalk" about the positive reasons a family example like this can be for your family: