Easter Sunday: “Hope of the Resurrection”
To some, Easter is a day where people have big dinners with friends and family. To others, Easter is a day where the kids enjoy Easter egg hunts. But to Christians, Easter is a day where they come together in a church service to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today, the locals of Keyser, West Virginia filled the pews of Bonnieview Apostolic Chapel to celebrate this wonderful occurrence in history. In today’s service, assistant pastor Robert Fazzalore preached from the book of Romans 10:8-11 and the topic of his sermon was “Hope of the Resurrection.” In short, the hope of the resurrection is the hope that helps believers of Jesus Christ believe that if Jesus had the power to raise Himself up from the grave, he surely can help His believers with any troubling times they go through and will go through in this life. As the preacher is supposed to do, Fazzalore said some edifying words like, “The hope of salvation says you can make it!” to strengthen the congregation’s faith. He also gave some words of wisdom as well: “Everybody hears voices, but it’s up to you [the congregation] what voices you decide to listen to.”
Near the closing of his sermon, brother Fazzalore incorporated what believers of the Apostolic consider to be the plan of salvation. This plan of salvation is based on the scripture found in the book of Acts 2:38 which says, “Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.’” “When we repent, we identify with the death of Jesus Christ through the death of our old sinful nature. When we are baptized, we identify with Jesus’ burial through the immersion of water, burying our old sinful nature (based on the scripture found in Romans 6:3-4),” Fazzalore.
After Fazzalore finished his sermon, he opened an altar call for people who need prayer, need to be baptized, or need God to save them. Many families went up as a unit, joined together hand in hand seeking what they needed from God as a family. During the altar call, one Alivia Arthur showed her faith in what the preacher preached about and was baptized in Jesus’ name after the service was concluded in accordance what the Bible instructs every believer to do.