Volume LXXI, No. 14 | April 4, 2021
Worship at First
Sunday, April 4
Easter Sunday

Morning Worship
7:00, 8:30, 10:00 & 11:15 a.m.
"Christ's Resurrection: the Firstfruits"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Masks are required at the 8:30 a.m. service.

No Sunday School April 4

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
"Wholeness for the Helpless"
Dr. Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer

We will be live-streaming our services on Sunday
at 8:30, 11:15 a.m., and 6:00 p.m.
For those who do not have internet capabilities, the morning sermon is also broadcast on 1320 AM radio at 11:00 a.m.

Bulletins will be available by noon on Fridays.

Wednesday, April 7
12:00 p.m.
Resurrection Theology for a Resurrection Life
“The Resurrected Life Now!"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
Jackson Hall

No Centerpoint April 7

He is Risen!

Suppose someone were to find Jesus’ bones? What if, having died, he stayed dead? This week, I listened to an hour-long podcast on Cicero, the great Roman orator and senator of the first century b.c. His influence on John Calvin was very significant (Calvin wrote the equivalent of a modern Ph.D. on Cicero). But Cicero is dead. He was assassinated on December 7, 43 b.c. But his influence lived on. So, once more: what if, having died, Jesus stayed dead? Would Christianity survive? 

No, it would not. 

If Jesus is dead and remains dead, four things follow:

First, “your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17).

Second, there is no hope of you achieving a resurrection either. Those who have died (or will die) “perish” (1 Corinthians 15:18).

Third, everything after “was crucified, dead and buried” in the Apostles’ Creed will need to be deleted. None of it is true.

Fourth, fellowship with Jesus right now is a sham. It is no more than communion with a corpse. He is not my Savior. The bottom just fell out of Christianity. When the English Bishop of Durham Cathedral, David Jenkins, declared the resurrection to be “a conjuring trick with bones,” he was following in the tradition of Rudolph Bultman and others that science ruled out miracles like the resurrection. It is interesting that, at the International Conference on Biblical Inerrancy in Minneapolis in 1984, J. I. Packer recounted an incident in a Q&A session when a physicist told Bultman that his major premise was entirely wrong. Scientists had not, he said, explained reality to the point where miracles cannot occur. On the contrary, on the frontiers of physics, it was becoming more and more clear that miracles could not be ruled out. The atheist’s premise that “nothing produces everything” is itself a miracle!

I hope to see you in person this Easter when you and I will repeat the words Christians have said for almost two thousand years and in the most literal sense: “He is risen! He is risen indeed!”

Derek W.H. Thomas
Senior Minister

2021 Marriage Conference

The 2021 Marriage Conference will take place on Friday, April 23, in the Family Life Center. Dr. Tom Barbian and Rev. Josh Squires will be our featured speakers.

The conference will be held in person, but the sessions will be available to watch via livestream. Please register regardless of whether you plan to attend in person or watch via livestream. The cost of the in-person conference is $20.00 per couple or $10.00 per individual. Dinner, printed materials, and a Q&A session are included with the in-person conference. Childcare is available for ages birth-5th grade with registration. Dinner will be served to children at no cost. Please register on the church website or app.  

Wednesday Nights in April 

There will be no Wednesday evening programs for children or adults on April 7. Centerpoint has ended for the spring and will return in the fall. 
Beginning Wednesday, April 14, a prayer gathering will be held in Jackson Hall each Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Dinner and fellowship will follow the prayer time. There will be no children's activities or nursery; however, several summer events are being planned for our families. More details on those events will be available soon.
Catawba Presbytery Senior Connect Day Messages and Seminars

You can now listen to the 2021 Senior Connect Day messages and seminars online. Dr. Ross’ morning and afternoon messages and both seminars were recorded and are available on the church website at firstprescolumbia.org/seniors. Messages from past Senior Connect Day speakers are also available on this webpage. If you need assistance in how to listen to these, please contact Janet Altman at (803) 799-9062, Ext. 550, or jaltman@firstprescolumbia.org
Jubilee Birthday Luncheon

The Women of the Church will hold its annual Jubilee Birthday luncheon on Tuesday, April 20, at 12 noon in the Family Life Center. The guest speaker will be Lauren Goodman, missionary to Wales. Cost is $8.00 per person. Nursery is available by registration. Register for the event on the church website, app, or in your circle.
Spring Golf Tournament 
Friday, April 30, at 12:30 p.m.
The Woodlands Golf & Country Club 

Cost is $42.00/player or $15.00/college student. A box lunch is included.
Encouragers’ Breakfast
Senior Adults Age 50 and over
Saturday, April 10, at 9:00 a.m. 
Jackson Hall
To sign up, contact Janet Altman at (803) 799-9062, Ext. 550.
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