Beginning this Sunday at 9:30am, we look back at arguably the most important week in human history..."Holy" or "Passion" Week. The climax of Jesus's messianic ministry began as he entered Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday. He rode into the city on the back of a donkey as Israel's Messiah-King. While the journey between Bethany and the gates of Jerusalem was rather short, to the crowd that gathered along the road on that Sunday morning, it was a profoundly important journey that had the potential to seal their eternal destinies. Holy Week could not have begun on a bigger note!
As you read the account of the Triumphal Entry in Matthew 21:1-11, look for yourself in the crowd. Are you the one pushing and shoving your way to front, wanting to get as close to Jesus as you possibly can, while you place your own garment on the ground as an act of worship and honor, acknowledging Him as your Savior and Lord? Can the people closest to you see your devotion to Jesus, or do you follow from afar, keeping the "Hosannas" to yourself? Maybe you're like those who got swept up in the excitement of the moment, hoping to gain some short-term joy and celebrity status, as you get close to Jesus of Nazareth.
There's only one right response to the One who has come to reign in our lives...total surrender. It's the one response that doesn't come naturally to any of us. And yet, with all of our heart, soul, and strength, we are called to join the loud chorus of eternal "Hosannas"! Join us this Sunday as we proclaim in one loud voice, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna, Hosanna to the King!"
Below is the schedule for Holy Week at Parkside Fellowship:
Thank you for being a church that prays!
See you Sunday.
This Sunday at 9:30am, we will wrap-up our series titled, Jesus in the Wilderness. Through the lens of Matthew's gospel, we have been looking in on Jesus as he spent 40 days in the wilderness fasting and being tempted by Satan. With this third and final temptation, Satan drops his pretense and makes one final, desperate effort to corrupt Jesus. He had first suggested what Jesus ought to do for Himself. Next he suggested what the Father ought to do for Jesus. In his third temptation, the devil attempted to coax Jesus into worshiping him for a magnificent but short-term gain. Satan is telling Jesus what he can do for him--in exchange for what Jesus could do for Satan.
Through the temptations of Jesus in the wilderness, we learn the keys to victory over our own temptations:
1. Trust and Obey God
2. Commit to following His purpose and plan for our life.
3. Hold on tight to our convictions and values without compromise.
Simply, we find help against temptation, just as we find help for everything else in the Christian life, by "fixing our eyes on God and His Son, Jesus". Keeping our eyes on our Lord Jesus Christ is our only hope of conquering temptation and faithfully running the race that is set before us. And as we do, I believe God will do for us exactly what he did for Jesus....
"Then the devil went away and angels came and took care of Jesus". Matthew 4:11
Join us this Sunday at 9:30am and find your rest in Jesus.
As we gather for our in-person service, Parkside Fellowship has adopted a mask optional policy, based on the recommendations of our state and local leaders. Please join us this Sunday at 9:30am, masked or unmasked, for a time of singing, prayer, encouragement from God's word and fellowship. We look forward to seeing you!
After the service, at 10:45am, I want to invite you to join one of our adult discipleship communities. We have two to choose from:
See you Sunday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor