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Sunday Order Of Worship
9:00am // 10:30am

Opening Song: Furious
Welcome
Worship Songs:
Like A Lion // Open Up The Heavens // God So Loved
Prayer
Message: Outrageous Claims
Announcements
Dismissal

In order to practice safe social distancing, we're asking everyone to register for Sunday's Easter service.
Thank you!

How Do We Know Jesus Died and Rose?

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26, NIV

The crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth is one of the best-attested facts in ancient history. Sadly, a certain brand of internet-fueled skepticism about Jesus’ existence has arisen in recent years. However, the theories that get peddled are complete nonsense.

If we suggest Jesus never existed, it leaves a thousand other things unexplained. We have all sorts of evidence that points back to him. The crucifixion itself is one of the best because, in the ancient world, the word ‘cross’ or ‘crucifixion’ was almost like a swear word. You wouldn’t want to say it in polite company because it was so horrible and barbaric. 

Crucifixion was a disgusting and shameful notion involving bodies hanging on crosses and being eaten by rats, vermin and birds. And yet, against the odds, the Christians made the cross the symbol of their movement. Why? Because for them it was the sign of the love of God. Without something like the actual death of Jesus, that cultural shift is impossible to explain.

What about the resurrection? In the ancient world there were lots of legends and myths floating around. Was the resurrection just one more of these? Today people sometimes say: “Well, that was then, but now we have modern science, so we know that dead bodies don’t rise.” That’s ridiculous. They knew just as well as we do that dead bodies don’t rise!

My problem as a historian is that unless you say Jesus of Nazareth was raised from the dead, it is very difficult to explain historically many of the features of early Christianity. There were a whole range of opinions in the ancient world, both pagan and Jewish, about what happens to people after they die. 

Astonishingly, early Christians said: “After we die, if we belong to Christ, we will rest and then we will be raised from the dead on the last day to share in God’s new world.” That was a major revolution. They said that the reason for this new belief was God raising Jesus from the dead.

That’s just one argument out of dozens. There are all sorts of lines of evidence pointing back to the resurrection, but for Christians it wasn’t simply a miracle. This was the creator God launching his new world. That new world nests within, and is transforming, the old world.

Reflect: How will you respond to this evidence of Jesus’ death and resurrection this Easter? 

*N.T. Write
Easter Challenges:
1. Put out a Ridge yard sign.
2. Send someone an email invite.
3. Share an image on social media.
4. Text a friend and invite them to join you.

Help us invite more people to "Experience The Ridge!"
You can pick up a yard sign this Sunday at church OR they will be available for pickup OUTSIDE the church office (5624B Whitesville Rd., 31904).

Immediately following the 9:00am and 10:30am
worship services.

Don't forget to bring your Easter baskets!

Safety concerns:
*Hunt will be organized by family units.
*Eggs will be sanitized.

Registration for service attendance required.

Ridge|Live

We have in-person worship at Brookstone Auditorium at 10:30 am. We still require temperature checks, masks and social distancing.

Ridge|Home

We will also worship online on our YouTube channel at 10:30 am.

YouTube Channel: Click Here

Whether you join us live or online, we can't wait to see you this Sunday!!
NEW Married People Study

What if marriage was simpler than you think? What if changing one thing could change everything?

Ted Lowe, speaker, author, and founder of MarriedPeople.org, goes after those One Thing(s) for married people by sitting down with some leading marriage experts.  

While these experts have a ton of content, Ted presses for simplicity by asking each of them: “If you could only tell married couples one thing, what would it be?”

This 4-Episode Course is all about the One Thing(s) they shared.

Registration Link: Click Here.
Graduates

We're so proud of all our graduates!
Please let us know if you have a senior that you would like to be recognized: nathan@theridgecolumbus.com.

Deadline to submit your graduate's name is Sunday, April 11.
Upcoming Series
Prayer - Grasping The Heart Of God

Why is praying so difficult at times?

How do we pray to a God that seems so far away?

What does it mean when the Apostle Paul says to pray "without ceasing?"

We have so many questions when it comes to prayer. This series is all about helping people learn to pray the type of prayers that will move the heart of God. Over three weeks, we'll explain why some prayers are ineffective, what it really means to trust God with what we ask for, and how to pray for the miracles that require a God-sized faith. 
Growth Track - Zoom Meetings
Open for those who have taken "Church 101"

Essentials 201 (April 11th): This class provides the tools necessary to help each believer become a spiritually mature disciple of Jesus Christ. Join us as we learn principles and tips that will help you grow and connect with others at our church.


Growth Track - Zoom Meetings
Open for those who have taken "Church 101" and "Essentials 201"

Discovery 301 (May 16th at 5pm): Each of us are a masterpiece, placed on this earth for a unique purpose. Join us as we learn more about our particular personality and gifts through a series of assessments. We’ll also learn how to use those gifts for God’s glory.

To watch last Sunday's message:
Blessed Are The Persecuted

God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way. - Matthew 5:10-12, NLT

Opposition:

1. Makes me more like Jesus.

… these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. – 1 Peter 4:13b, NLT

2. Deepens my faith.

Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name! - 1 Peter 4:16b, NLT

3. Brings rewards.

If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. – 1 Peter 4:14, NLT

When you face opposition:

1. Don’t be surprised.

Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. - 1 Peter 4:12, NLT

2. Don’t be afraid.

… trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you. – 1 Peter 4:19b, NLT

Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear. – 1 John 4:18a, NCV

3. Don’t be ashamed.

But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. – 1 Peter 4:16a, NLT

4. Refuse to retaliate. 

So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right ... – 1 Peter 4:19a, NLT

5. Respond with a blessing.

Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? … But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. - 1 Peter 3:13, 16a, NLT

… Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. – Luke 6:27b-29a, NIV

Study Guide:

The Apostle Paul warns believers in 2 Timothy 3:12 (CEV) that “Anyone who belongs to Christ Jesus and wants to live right will have trouble from others.”

1. Read John 15:18-20 in your Bible and put it into your own words. How might opposition make believers more like Jesus?

*And this is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light; for their deeds were evil. – John 3:19, NASB

2. Read John 3:19 (above). What – or Who – is the Light? Why did men love the darkness rather than the Light? What is God’s judgment of these people according to Jesus?

*Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. – John 12:24, NASB

3. How do you feel about the persecution of Christians around the world? How have you or anyone close to you been impacted by disapproval or rejection because of your faith? Next read John 12:24 (above). Discuss how this verse gives you hope to help you more confidently and fearlessly proclaim your Christian faith. 

*For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12, NLT

4. Ephesians 6:12 teaches believers that our battle is not against flesh and blood – but rather against “evil spirits in the heavenly places.” How might this truth affect our compassion for – and witness to – people who oppose our faith?

Stay away from stupid and senseless arguments. These only lead to trouble, and God’s servants must not be troublemakers. They must be kind to everyone, and they must be good teachers and very patient. Be humble when you correct people who oppose you. Maybe God will lead them to turn to him and learn the truth. They have been trapped by the devil, and he makes them obey him, but God may help them escape. – 2 Timothy 2:23-26, CEV

5. What can we learn from 2 Timothy 2:23-26 above about handling opposition to faith in Christ? How do these verses say we should witness to others?

Although he was abused, he never tried to get even. And when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he had faith in God, who judges fairly. – 1 Peter 2:23, CEV

6. Think of a real-life example of how you may have handled persecution in the past. Based on Jesus’ example (1 Peter 2), what should you have done differently?

*Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the hope You give us in the midst of the opposition we face. We know we will face trouble from others for believing in You, but we pray that we can use this trouble to deepen our faith and become more like Jesus. We pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ around the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Raise a hallelujah!
Happy Easter!
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Student Ministry This Week:
There will be no Sunday night youth meeting on April 4 or April 11.

Breakfast Small Group will not meet this week in lieu of Spring Break or next while Nathan and Autumn are out of town. We will resume again weekly from 7:00-7:30 a.m. on Thursday April 18, at the north Veterans Parkway Burger King.

Upcoming Sunday Schedule

April 4 - Easter - no meeting
April 11 - no meeting (Nathan and Autumn out of town)
April 18 - 5:30-7:30 at the church office Suite E.



Questions? - Contact Nathan at 706-464-7548 or nathan@theridgecolumbus.com.

Parent and Student GroupMe

We have a student and a parent GroupMe account to help keep everyone up to date on what's going on in student ministry. GroupMe is a group texting app that's a great forum for staying connected and asking questions. It can be muted, so you won't get notifications constantly. If you or your student would like to be added, just text or email Nathan at 706-464-7548 and nathan@theridgecolumbus.com.
The youth guys and girls are splitting up for some spring fun! The girls will meet at Autumn's family river cabin on Lake Harding on Friday, April 23, and spend the night. Pickup will be at 12 noon on Saturday, April 24. The guys will meet on the Scarborough family land on Saturday, April 24, to fish and cook what we catch. We'll start fishing Saturday afternoon around 2:00pm and pickup will be at 8:00 p.m. Saturday night.
RidgeRunners


April Theme - Jesus Is Alive

UPDATE
Beginning on Easter Sunday (April 4), we will transition back to placing students on carpets by grade in the elementary area rather than by family and pre-arranged friends. We will combine two of our carpets for each group to provide more spacing, and we will limit the number of kids in each group to a maximum of 8. Kids will still need to wear masks at this time.

Hi, Parents!
This spring we're offering both in-person and online RidgeRunners experiences. 

In-person
Infants through Toddlers and Pre-K through Elementary meet on opposite sides of the gym for the full 10:30 a.m. service. Check in at the hallway table just inside the Turner Auditorium doors. 

Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks and sanitizing hands. Kids must wear masks on their way to and from their carpets in the gym and while we are singing. They may remove their masks while on their carpets and not singing. If a child does not have a mask, we will provide them one at check-in. If you have an only child and want to arrange ahead of time for them to sit with a family friend, please let us know. If you have any questions, please contact Nathan at nathan@theridgecolumbus.com or 706-464-7548.

Online
RidgeRunners will post a video on YouTube. Join us for a game, worship video with dance motions, and a great lesson! You can also watch at any time throughout the week after the livestream.

If you're looking for some more online options for children's programming check out:

*Rightnowmedia.org: This is a free video resource for our church. Check out the kids' section (VeggieTales, etc.) and watch with the family! Registration link: click here.

*Ridge resources for Sunday morning activities/lessons. Just in case you missed out this weekend: click here.


Car Talk:
*Why did Jesus die for our sins? - So we can be forgiven forever!
*Did Jesus stay in the grave? - No, God raised Him from the grave!
*How can we be friends with Jesus? - By asking Him to live in our hearts, and choosing to live our life for Him.

Memory Verse (learn it together):
 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and 
with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest 
commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37–39



Online Worship Experience
Sunday @ 10:30am

What is Ridge|Home?

This is church for everyone, everywhere. It’s gathering with your family wherever you live, with other people, in person, to watch The Ridge weekly services, connect with God through music, and have conversations. This can be done in a home or another available space around you. 

Want more information about Ridge|Home? Click Here.
Ridge|Home YouTube Channel:
Rose Hill Ministry:

The Ridge is in charge of feeding the homeless every second Tuesday of the month. All meals are served at Rose Hill Church on Hamilton Road.

Our next service date is April 13th.

Please email us if you would like more information: info@theridgecolumbus.com.

Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home:

Even though the dinners have been canceled due to COVID, we are still donating supplies.

We hope to begin dinners and Bible study again soon!

Tired of the view? Experience The Ridge!
Ridge Office: 5624B Whitesville Rd., Columbus, GA 31904