Chestnut Ridge Church
Easter at The Ridge - Found
We have all experienced the sinking feeling associated with being lost. It’s a scary feeling. We reach out for something familiar or a sign to point the way. Often, it’s only when we realize we are lost that we are willing to ask for help. Jesus described our spiritual condition apart from him as being lost. This Easter, we will explore how Jesus is the destination for the lost.
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  • Chestnut Ridge Church [CRC]
    2223 Cheat Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508, USA
    Saturday 5:00 PM
  • Chestnut Ridge Church
    Saturday 5:55 PM


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Giants, On My Heart, What a Beautiful Name The overwhelming response to FeedWV is so encouraging! Please keep up the momentum and make a huge impact for our communities and state. Bring your filled bags to the alcove through April 8 to prepare for distribution. For more info, visit Celebrate Recovery meets weekly, is open to the public, and has childcare available. CR is a place to walk through the struggles and share the victories of your hurts, habits, or hang-ups. For more information, visit Beginning in April, spend time connecting with others and growing in your faith at The Ridge. Enjoy refreshments, companionship, and discussions of faith in a group setting once a week. Groups are available for men and women starting in April, and coming soon for married couples in May, and last six to eight weeks. To register and for more information, visit Join The Ridge Students on April 13th-14th for Compassion XP. This fun, overnight event for middle school & high school students will be centered around answering the question: What does it look like to serve others with compassion both at home and across the globe? Our schedule for the weekend is filled with fun activities including a bonfire, blacklight volleyball, and service projects throughout the Morgantown area. To find out more and to register, go to APRIL 29 at 5pm—Night of Worship is a special event filled with music and singing at The Ridge! Bring the family, gather your friends, or invite your neighbor to join you. This event will take the place of the 5pm service, and all are welcome. Kids’ programming will not be available, however we welcome children to enjoy the music, too!

Easter at The Ridge - Found [March 31/April 1, 2018] Tim Haring

We all are in need of a Savior; spiritually speaking, we all need to be found.

The desert-like area where the lost sheep Jesus spoke of may have wandered to.

A man would rejoice upon recovering his lost sheep, be glad that his search was successful, but he would hardly summon friends and neighbors and make such a great event of it, and expect that they, too, would regard it as being great by helping to make a celebration[1] - Lenski

[1] Lenski, R. C. H. (1961). The Interpretation of St. Luke’s Gospel (p. 800). Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House.

When a Jewish girl married, she began to wear a headband of ten silver coins to signify that she was now a wife. It was the Jewish version of our modern wedding ring, and it would be considered a calamity for her to lose one of those coins.[1]

[1] Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 1, p. 234). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
This was the veryreason Jesus came to this world: to seek and to save or deliver those who were far from God.
We’ve all blown it. We’ve all been far from God. In this case of Jesus rescuing us involved sacrificing his own life.
That’s what the cross was allabout.
You see, the problem is, we can’t fix our sinproblem which is the thing that separates us from God. We can’t clean ourselves up enough to get right with God. God is perfect and we are not. We are all lost in a sinful spiritual condition!
So God sent his one and only son into this world for the expressedpurpose of dying on a cross in our place and for our sin. Jesus alone lived a sinless life, so he could take the penalty for our sin upon himself. The Apostle Paul put it this way: God made him who committed no sin to become sin for us so we could become righteous in God’s eyes.
God executed his own son for what you and I have done wrong. And he died. But three days later, he roseagain from the dead. That’s why we celebrate Easter. The resurrection means that God accepted the payment Jesus made on our behalf.
Our debt has been paid in full.
Repent (μετανοεῖτε). A word compounded of the preposition μετά, after, with; and the verb νοέω, to perceive, and to think, as the result of perceiving or observing. In this compound the preposition combines the two meanings of time and change, which may be denoted by after and different; so that the whole compound means to think differently after. Μετάνοια (repentance) is therefore, primarily, an after-thought, different from the former thought; then, a change of mind which issues in regret and in change of conduct. These latter ideas, however, have been imported into the word by scriptural usage, and do not lie in it etymologically nor by primary usage. Repentance, then, has been rightly defined as “Such a virtuous alteration of the mind and purpose as begets a like virtuous change in the life and practice.” Sorrow is not, as is popularly conceived, the primary nor the prominent notion of the word. Paul distinguishes between sorrow (λύπη) and repentance (μετάνοια), and puts the one as the outcome of the other. “Godly sorrow worketh repentance” (2 Cor. 7:10).[1]

[1] Vincent, M. R. (1887). Word studies in the New Testament (Vol. 1, p. 23). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

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