Doncaster Evangelical Church

Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."


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Spotlight English Club

Don’t forget that our new group – Spotlight English Club – will be meeting on Wednesday 11th April @ 10:30am in our main hall of the church.

This is an English Conversation Club intended for those whose first language is not English and would like to improve their everyday and conversational English.

During our time together we will listen to a 15 minute recording then chat and talk about what we have heard.  There will also be a social aspect to our meetings including refreshments and it is completely FREE OF CHARGE.

The Club will run on Wednesdays 10:30am – 12noon during term time.  Please check the events calendar for updates.

Easter Sunday

The Resurrection

impact_empty_tomb_wideNow after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.  But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not hear, for he has risen, as he said. (Matthew 28:1-6 ESV)

Good Friday

The Crucifixion

Crucifixion-e1489401145591And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots.  Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”  And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” (Matthew 27:35-37,39,40 ESV)

The Death of Jesus

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.  And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.  When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

(Matthew 27:45-47, 50, 51, 54ESV)

Easter Message from our Pastor

The first line a hymn that we may have sung at some time in our life, says “There is a green hill far away”.

Its opening line may not be totally accurate, as it is likely that Calvary was akin to a rubbish dump and was conveniently used as a place of execution. Because of that it would have been outside the wall of the city of Jerusalem, away from homes – as are our rubbish dumps and landfill sites. The rest of the hymn highlights many truths of the Easter account.  In a clear and understandable way, it tells us of some of the amazing things that happened that first Easter weekend.

It shows us that the events which happened there that Good Friday were not a mistake or a cruel twist in a good man’s life, but were something amazing as the Son of God deliberately and willingly went to the cross of Calvary and died in such a gruesome way.  Historians writing about crucifixion describe it as a most agonising and painful way to die. While we can be awed by the physical sufferings of Jesus, we are not to leave it at that. We sing that “it was for us he hung and suffered there”. This is what the Bible teaches us as He was our substitute and would die in our place to take the punishment all our wrong words, thoughts, desires and actions deserved.  He swapped with us so that “we might be forgiven, He died to make us good, that we might go at last to heaven, saved by His precious blood.”

The Bible shows us that Jesus is the perfect son of God, who took to Himself a real body like ours (the event we celebrate at Christmas) and He lived a perfect life. He was the perfect One who willingly laid down his life to pay the price of all our wrong before God, which the Bible calls “sin”. He was the only one who “could unlock the gate of heaven and let us in”. Because of that we must “trust in his redeeming blood” – we must come to believe in Him as our own Saviour and then live in a way that pleases Him – “try His works to do”.

Although this lovely hymn ends at that point, the Bible account doesn’t and the seeming disaster of Good Friday is declared to be a victory on Easter Sunday morning, as this same one rises from the dead forever and is declared by His resurrection to be the Victor over death and the one whose death has opened the way to God for all who trust in Him.

GoodFridayEasterWorshipThis Easter we will again declare that ‘Good News’ (we do all the time, but especially at Easter). We invite everyone to come and join with us this Easter Sunday as we will rejoice at the ‘Good News’ of the risen Saviour.