Kids Quest Helpers

Do you like inspiring the next generation? Or do you like running games and watching those little minds grow? Or maybe you just love hanging out with kids! We are looking for helpers for Kids Quest, our Tuesday mid-week program which starts September 28 and ends around last week of June with a break during Christmas holidays. Commitment is 1.5-2 hours twice a month. All applicants must go through a police background check and training in our Safe Church policy.

Ushers & Greeters

If you love EastRidge Church and want to welcome and give those that come through our doors on Sunday mornings a warm, friendly place to worship, we would love to have you be one of our Ushers and/or Greeters.  Click on Apply, fill in the form for volunteers and we will have someone contact you.

Photographers

Have an amazing eye for photography? We’re looking to grow our church’s photo bank for marketing and promotions.  You must own your own camera (either phone or DSLR). Would love for you to join our Creative Arts team!

Generous Lives  

Authored by Lou Geense
 
Read:
Philippians 4:14-16 – Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.
 

Reflect:
Paul was quite clear that he had learned to be content in whatever his present situation was due to his reliance on the Lord. That did not mean that he desired to be poor and destitute. Still, everyone needs a little help from friends now and then. And there is nothing wrong with admitting that.
 
The Philippians had helped Paul by supplying him with some money, and perhaps some food and clothing, on more than one occasion. That did not go unnoticed, and Paul did not pretend that he didn’t need the help, or that he would have been just fine without it. Paul admitted that it was kind and helpful of the Philippians to send their gifts to him.
 
Paul was not above being bold in his comments and openly admits that the Philippian church had done a better job of supporting him than other congregations had done. Paul affirms that this action was helpful and encouraging to him. For Paul, generosity was clearly a part of the whole Jesus package. Living generous lives shows that we “get it” when it comes to the gospel. In response to God’s amazing grace, we give too! And Paul dearly wanted everyone to under­stand this—because getting Jesus right is the most important thing in the whole universe.
 
Living generous lives blesses others but it also blesses us more than we really know. Next time you have opportunity to be generous, try to do so and see what a blessing it can be.
 
Pray:
Lord Jesus you gave yourself completely for our sake. Help us to catch the vision of giving and to lead generous lives of self-giving always. In your name, Amen.

Christianity Began With An Event

Authored by Mary Lucas
 
Read:  1 Corinthians 15: 3-8, 12-19
 

Reflect: 
Sadly, many people have walked away from Christianity, or the next generation in a family may not believe as prior generations did.  Perhaps this is because of the false assumption regarding the foundation of Christianity. And that is that the Bible is the foundation of our faith.  Therefore, if you can undermine the authority of any book or passage then that must mean the Bible is false and also Christianity is false. But the foundation of our faith is not “It is written!” It is “Something happened!”  Christianity began when a person, Jesus Christ died on a cross and then overcame death, rising again.  We believe in the resurrection not just because the Bible says it is true but because eyewitnesses like James and Thomas and Paul say it’s true. 
 
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15 “Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve.  After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles.  Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him…. But tell me this—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.”
 
Christianity did not begin with a book but by an event – the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  And if that didn’t happen then our faith is useless.  Our authority is in a person not a book.  Jesus said to his disciples: “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth”.  Matthew 28:18
 
Those who walk away from the faith need to know that they are not walking away from a book but they are walking away from an event and more importantly they are walking away from a person.  I need to remember this as well…to point people not to the Bible but to Jesus.  I need to remember as I read the Bible to see how it points to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.  Some passages (like the prophecies and psalms) clearly predict who Christ is and what he will do. Other passages prepare God’s people to understand the grace God must provide to redeem them. Still other passages show how our actions and status are a result of God’s grace towards us in giving His son to die for us.  His grace towards us precedes, enables, and motivates our efforts toward holiness. In other words, what we are to do is always a result of who we are in Christ.  Also, as you read the Bible ask yourself, “what does this passage reflect about the nature of God who provides redemption?” Or “what does this passage reflect about the nature of humanity that requires redemption?”  Just keep looking to see how it all points to Jesus.
 
Following Jesus will always make your life better and make you better at life!