(This message was originally published on March 28, 2013) Adrian Rogers said, "Without the resurrection, Christianity topples like a house of cards." Praise the Lord, Christ is risen! May the Lord empower you to preach the Gospel boldly this Resurrection Sunday. Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 , "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures."
As this weekend approaches, here is a favorite testimony from the mission field: The Good Friday service in Dampara Baptist Church, Chittagong, Bangladesh, was packed. Little children sat on the floor in the aisles and across the front of the church. Rows of people stood in the back, craning their necks to see the crucifixion scene as depicted in the Jesus film. Weeping and gasps of unbelief could be heard in the shocked hush as Jesus was crucified. As the Bengalis watched, they felt the agony of Jesus' pain and the disappointment of the disciples. In that emotional moment, one young boy in the crowded church suddenly cried out, "Do not be afraid. He gets up again! I saw it before." A small boy's encouraging cry gave new hope to the viewers of the film. "He is risen!" is the cry that gives new hope to all.
Your SBC of Virginia mission work... will help to support the ministry and preaching of the Gospel at over 70 church plants this Easter across Virginia makes it possible for scores of students to attend seminary this school year as they prepare for the Gospel ministry will enable thousands of missionaries to proclaim the Gospel to people groups across the globe this Resurrection Sunday strengthens ministries and pastors across Virginia as they reach out this season and share Christ boldly mobilizes volunteers to serve and share Christ across Virginia and America These are just a few highlights that you and your church family can rejoice over this Resurrection Sunday. Finally, I ask that you pray for one another as you prepare to preach and serve all across this mission field. The risen Lord Jesus has entrusted His Gospel to us as His ambassadors. Please pray for one another as we serve our risen Lord.