The Shape of Joy

The Christian faith is an Easter faith. And that means it is a joyous and hopeful view of the world. Christ has triumphed over the enemies of life. Death, sin, and despair have been given an expiry date. Love, hope, and mercy have fully guaranteed futures.

But the Easter faith we embrace does not come cheaply or without challenge. There is a pathway to joy that must be taken seriously. Our Scriptures tell us this about Jesus: “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12: 2, TNIV).

As we prepare ourselves for Easter, we want to look more closely at how Jesus rejected the shortcuts to joy. We want to see how, for the sake of maximized joy, he followed the path that led him to his cross.

As we prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter, let’s make sure this is a pathway we understand.

Apr 3: Bread Apr 10: Worth Apr 17: Tests

Apr 22: Good Friday 10:10am

Apr 24: Resurrection Sunday 9:29 + 11:11am

There is no unedited spirituality or Vespers this weekend. At Easter we join together with all of the Westside communities to remind ourselves of the larger universal church of Christ.