We started the year talking about a Do Over and how only Jesus offers us new life. We continued by talking about how all of the Bible points toward Jesus, who offers us salvation through faith in His life, death, and resurrection with our Epic: The Storyline Of God series. Now, we are talking about what it means to follow Jesus in #Follow. The first step in following Jesus in Scripture is always baptism by immersion (what the word baptism means is ‘to immerse’). So, on May 25, at all services, we will hold another Baptism Sunday. This is a great opportunity for new believers in Jesus, and those who have followed for years but have never followed through with a public proclamation of faith through baptism, to be obedient to Jesus’ command to be baptized. It’s the symbol of going from death to life.
If you know ahead of time you’d like to be baptized on this day, please fill out this short form.
We are in a bit of transition here at CCJ. As you may know, former CCJ Associate Minister Ryan Heathco was on the preaching team at CCJ and was called to be the Lead Minister at another church.
With that transition, CCJ Youth Minister Drew Thurman has jumped on the preaching team. His overall role and title is changing. Drew’s title is now Family Life & Teaching Minister. In that role, Drew will continue to oversee all of family ministries (birth through high school) as well as be involved in leading and preaching in the Well team ministries. Additionally, Drew will be more involved with the preaching and vision-casting alongside CCJ Senior Minister Darrel Land.
With that change, we are excited to announce we are adding Corey Andry to the youth staff to be our Student Minister. That means, while Drew will still be heavily involved with the teens, Corey will partner with Drew and lead the day-to-day Well Teen Ministry here at CCJ. Corey has an incredible heart and gifts for leading students. Corey and his wife, Lindsey, come by way of Lincoln, Ill., and will be joining us in June.
Every Sunday morning, CCJ takes to the airwaves from 10 a.m. to Noon (Eastern time). The first hour (10 to 11 a.m.) is a replay of the previous week’s service (music and sermon) and the second hour (11 a.m. to Noon) is a music program featuring music made by Christians and Scripturally-influenced music (whether the artist knows it or not). See the first two playlists to get an idea of what we’re playing.
Tune in if you’re not at the 10 or 11:15 a.m. service. However, it’s another way to let your friends and family hear what CCJ is all about (Hint: It’s Jesus) if they’re skittish about attending worship services with you.
What does it mean to follow Jesus? In this series, we’ll learn following Christ means living in a missional way, living in a relational way, and living in an incarnational way. What do all of these terms mean? Join us for this four-week sermon series and learn all about it. After the series, we’ll have Baptism Sunday on May 25.
We are very excited about Jesus and his resurrection each week at CCJ. However, Easter Sunday is a day each year when Christians all around the world celebrate this most important event in human history.