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What The Cross Means to a Believer

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The Cross--an instrument of cruel death--was used by God to bring life to all

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Jesus fulfills those words at the cross. There, he paid the penalty for all of our sins.

Here is what the Bible says about Jesus on the cross:

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. (1 Peter 3:18)

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. (Romans 6:8)

So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:28)

And it is there where we find him to receive the gift of everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

It is a free gift when we repent in faith.

Jesus actually predicted the manner of his death in the words preceding his great promise. In John 3:14-15, we read: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Notice that verses 15 and 16 end with almost identical words. Why? Jesus was drawing a parallel between a spectacular Old Testament event with his coming sacrifice on the cross.

As recorded in Numbers 21:4-9, the ancient Israelites rebelled against God in the wilderness. God punished them with “fiery serpents” who bit them, killing many. After the people repented, God provided a means of salvation:

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.’ So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.”

In similar fashion, whenever anyone who has sinned looks at Jesus in repentance and faith, they shall live

Speaking to the crowd, Jesus said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to myself” (John 12:32). The next verse expressly states, “This he said, signifying by what death he would die.”

Just as Moses lifted up a bronze serpent on a pole to save all those who looked at it, God lifted up Jesus on a cross to save all those who put their faith in Him.

Let us all turn to Jesus, who beckons us with arms wide open.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)


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FAQ: How Can I Volunteer?

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You might know exactly what talents and abilities God has given you and where you are of most service in the body of Christ. Or, you might like to know where the biggest needs are and step into a serving spot that is desperate to be filled. However, you may have no idea where or even when you would be able to serve, you just know it’s what you need to do.

Guess what! There is most definitely the perfect place for you to volunteer at Severn Run!

You can find MANY volunteer opportunities on by clicking Get Involved. In the drop down menu, click “Serve” or “IMPACT Projects”.

Most of the opportunities under the “Serve” include ways to volunteer at The Church at Severn Run and serve your fellow Severn Runners. Examples include serving on the VIP Team, the Hospitality Team, or the Creative Team.

IMPACT Projects consist of opportunities to volunteer in support of the local community. Some projects we've done include helping at Lillie's Place, supporting mission churches, and hosting Winter Relief.

The opportunities listed are always changing and new ways to volunteer arise all the time. You can serve with kids, with adults, behind the scenes, weekly, monthly, daily, or yearly.

Connect Groups are encouraged to volunteer together. Bring up the topic of volunteering with your Connect Group and see where the group’s interests lie.

If you’re asking, “How can I volunteer?” the possibilities are limitless. Step out in faith and be amazed at how God will use you.

You’ll find that when you volunteer with the hope of blessing others, that you may end up feeling the most blessed of all.

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