Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013

The New Testament Baptist Church of Butler, Pennsylvania

What is Palm Sunday?
Palm Sunday is the day of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It occurred on the Sunday prior to His suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection. Jesus will be handed over to the authorities. The people will mock Him, insult Him, spit on Him, flog Him, and eventually kill Him. And on the third day, Jesus will rise again from the dead! The triumphal entry was a formal presentation of Jesus as Israel’s King. The Gospels of Matthew and John indicate that this incident was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy (Zechariah 9:9). The people were pouring into Jerusalem for the Jewish feast of Passover, and not for a holiday celebration called “Palm Sunday.” Although most people believe that the people waved palm branches when Jesus rode into Jerusalem, none of the four Gospels say the people “waved” branches, but that they spread garments and branches in Jesus’ path. Only the Gospel of John mentions palm branches (Matthew 21:6; Mark 11:8; Luke 19:36; John 12:13). It was common in Bible times to spread garments in the path of princes and kings, especially at their coronation (II Kings 9:13). Most people confuse the children’s shout of “Hosanna” with the meaning of the word, “Hallelujah.” Halleluiah means “Praise the Lord.” Hosanna means “save us!” The children were shouting “Hosanna!” It is quite similar to when Solomon was anointed king, he rode into the city on a mule, to the shouts and praises of the people (I Kings 1:43-45). Even though the multitudes were shouting His adoration, these were the same throngs that would be calling for His crucifixion in just a few days. Their shouts of adoration are superficial because underneath it all is a political wish. They want Jesus to be their political Messiah the one who will come and overthrow Rome. They could care less about spiritual things. And so when Jesus is not what they wanted Him to be, they decide to kill Him, rather than hail Him. Jesus, as He enters the city of Jerusalem, hears all of the fickle hosannas. On the surface it looks good, but down in His heart, Jesus knows it doesn't mean anything. Jesus was not a political Messiah. Jesus didn't come for political reasons. Jesus didn't come to make social reform. Jesus knew that He must die for mankind’s sin. Jesus came to bring a spiritual revolution, but the world didn't want it. In the simplest of terms, Palm Sunday is an opportunity to reflect upon the final week of Jesus' earthly life. Jesus humbly entered Jerusalem to give His life on a cross, saving mankind from sin and death. This occasion serves as a time to prepare your heart for the agony of Jesus’ suffering, and the joy of His resurrection.

Soul Winning On Saturdays 10:30 AM
Starting on Saturday, April 6, our church family will start our Saturday outreach program. It’s an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ publicly. We also visit absentees, sick, and shut-ins. We meet for a short organizational meeting before dismissing for our visits. Soul winning and visitation is finished around Noon.

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Thank you for choosing to worship at the New Testament Baptist Church of Butler. Our prayer is that your heart will be stirred for the eternal as we sing songs & hymns that direct your heart toward Christ and challenge you through the preaching of God’s Word. There are friendly people at our Welcome Center in the lobby who will gladly assist you with any questions you may have during your visit. Allow us to make you feel at home during your visit. First-time adult visitors and families are asked to visit our Welcome Center to receive a hospitality bag with a gift card to Chick-fil-A.

First Time Visitors

New Testament Baptist Church is pleased to host the summer tour group from Pensacola Christian College on Sunday June 2, at 7 PM. They will be singing and preaching in the evening service. Enjoy skating with your family, our church members, and Christians from other Baptist churches at the Skate Castle on New Castle Road in Butler.

The Lord’s Supper
The New Testament Baptist Church family will be observing the Lord’s Supper on Sunday evening, March 31. This church ordinance is an opportunity to remember and reflect on the sacrifice of our Saviour.

Out of respect for your loved ones and those in attendance, we ask parents to use our clean & well-equipped nursery. This free service is available for newborns and infants (birth through 24 months). Your cooperation is needed and appreciated. Assistance is available at the Welcome Center.

Parents with Infants and Young Children

Food & Drink Items
In the spirit of worship, and as an act of courtesy, please do NOT bring food items, coffee, bottled water, or soft drinks into the Auditorium. Thank you for your courtesy!

Weekly Service Schedule
Sunday: 10:00 AM Adult & Children’s Bible Study Classes 11:00 AM Morning Preaching 6:00 PM Choir Practice 7:00 PM Evening Preaching Patch the Pirate Children’s Choral Club Wednesday: 7:00 PM Midweek Bible Study & Prayer Saturday: 10:30 AM Bus Visitation

Electronic Devices
Cellular devices, pagers, and electronic devices should be turned off or placed in vibrate mode. We would ask that parents do not allow their children to bring electronic video game systems with them to church.

You’re invited to listen to our internet radio station, GlorifyRadio.com, on your computer, smartphone, or iPod/iPad.

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