The Old Testament foretells about the resurrection. Jesus himself foretells about his death and resurrection. The New Testament constantly refers to the death and resurrection of Christ. All of the disciples believed and taught the resurrection of Christ and were killed or were tortured for their faith. The basis for all Christianity rest on the fact that Jesus was crucified, dead, buried and rose again the third day. Without the resurrection there is no Savior because Jesus would have lied about his coming death and resurrection thus making Him not who He claimed to be. The resurrection is proof that Jesus was who He claimed to be and has power over death and the grave.
I heard that there is a group of about 12-15 churches in the Charlotte area who call themselves the Charlotte Area Evangelical Churches. What does that mean and who is allowed to be in this group?
For several decades there has been a group of pastors from various churches who coordinated the yearly Community Thanksgiving and Good Friday services. In the last few years these pastors have intensified their efforts by meeting every week to pray together and make plans on how to unite the body of Christ in this community so that together we can also reach those who are not yet believers. Our efforts have paid off as we have seen record breaking crowds at our last two Community Services. Due to the record crowds this year's Community Good Friday service will be held at the Lawrence Av. United Methodist Church on March 25th. To have a pastor from the area become a part of the Charlotte Area Evangelical Churches is very easy. They simply have to agree on a very basic statement of faith such as the Bible is the infallible word of God, the Trinity-God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit and salvation comes only by and through faith in Jesus Christ to name a few. Let's pray and believe God for revival in this community.
A recent article I just read stated that the two lowest paid professional positions where at least a bachelor’s degree is expected are teachers and pastors. The average teacher makes $42,000 a year while the average pastor makes $28,000. Both positions require continual education during their career and both positions usually work 50-60 hours per week. Many pastors don’t receive health insurance, retirement or travel expenses. The bible says that a workman is worthy of his hire and that one who ministers the word of God is worthy of double honor. It also says that a true minister of the gospel does not do what they do to make money. A church who appreciates their pastor ought to provide them with the best support they possibly can. I believe that a pastor who daily deals with the eternal souls of people should be well taken care of so that their focus can be on what they do and not struggle with weekly finances.