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In various forms, worship of this god under the names Tammuz, Adonis and Attis, among others, spread from the outer reaches of the Roman Empire to Rome itself. If Jesus were in the flesh today, would He celebrate Easter? Now, however, with the power of the Roman Empire behind it, the Catholic Church enforced its preference for Easter. The record of the New Testament is clear: The faithful members of the early Church continued to observe all that the apostles taught them, as they were taught by Jesus Christ.
The simple answer is No.
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He does not change. Jesus never observed Easter, never sanctioned it and never taught His disciples to celebrate it. Today, Jesus would observe the biblical Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread as Scripture teaches and as He practiced and taught John John 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
If you want to be a true disciple of Christ Jesus, you need to carefully examine whether your beliefs agree with the Bible. I also will do likewise. God wants you and me to obey His life-giving Word. When we do, we can serve Christ as His ambassadors on earth.
There is no greater calling on earth and throughout time. Why have they made this choice?
What do the Easter bunny and colored eggs have to do with Christ and His dying for the sins of the world and being resurrected on the third day? Easter was never observed by the early New Testament Church. There are so many marvelous godly principles that do that. The term Easter is not mentioned anywhere else in the Bible.
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For example, John indicates that by the time Mary Magdalene arrived at the tomb it was still dark—Christ had already risen. People learn by imitation, not instruction. Who has been the most powerful influence in your life? For most people, they would say their parents. You act more like your parents than anyone else. Depressing thought, huh? Change requires intentional effort, committed support and better models to imitate.
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Paul challenged his followers to imitate him 1 Corinthians ; 2 Thessalonians Imitation requires transparency. Imitation requires time and attention.
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Sermons can start something. A presentation of the Gospel can help someone start their relationship with Christ and their journey of discipleship. The sermon can lead a congregation to love their neighbors, to focus on the majesty of God, and to hold on to hope. But, the result of a sermon is not another sermon. The result of a sermon is a next step—make a decision, join a group, lead a mission, serve your neighbor, pray…you get it. The sermon can deliver a challenge, and the group can provide the support and accountability necessary to meet the challenge.
The sermon by itself, however, is forgotten usually within 48 hours.
Groups help with this. On any given weekend, pastors have the opportunity to lead a large portion of their congregations to take a step.
The key is to start small and multiply. Jesus invested in 12 disciples, which multiplied over 2, years into some 2 billion people. If pastors invested in just eight people, and then those disciples made disciples, within four years the church would have 4, disciples making disciples 8x8x8x8. Without disciples making disciples, pastors have audiences for their sermons.
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Back in college a speaker challenged us to think about five sermons that influenced our lives for Christ. Then, the speaker asked us to name five people who had influenced us for Christ. Those names immediately came to mind. The key to discipleship is a disciple. This article originally appeared here.