For the Redeemed This is honestly the best message I've heard preached on this scripture. And it is the message we need to hear much more often than we do. There is nothing traditional about it, but should become such particularly in these times that the unbelieving and ignorant set it aside as 'holy' and apart from the life we're called to live. I thank God for using you to speak to His people. May He bless you.
Great Sermon! This was an absolutely perfect message. Not just for Easter but for each time we gather. We have been resurrected with the Lord and our lives should reflect it. This is why I listen to you. You are doctrine is sound. And the spirit of the Word is in all of your sermons; converting the soul. May God raises up more like you Pastor Barrett. And may God bless you as much as he has blessed me. However I’ve been to many churches that have the wrong concept of Easter. Again thank you for your response.
Barrett Holloway (4/6/2021)
Reply to Stephanie concerning Easter We do not acknowledge this as a holy day for if it was , the Scripture would tell us of a specific day such as April 4th or whatever day we were to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. This is the same as Christmas for we don’t look to December 25 as the day we all assemble to celebrate the birth of Christ. We acknowledge the first day of the week as a time the church is to assemble and we do so to honor the One that died and rose again and through this we, as Christians, acknowledge that through the Lord Jesus we were resurrected into newness of life.
The Christian honors the first day of the week as the beginning of a new week in recognition of our being raised from death to life because of the resurrection of Christ. We gather to worship and pay homage to the One that died and rose that first day of the week. If these days such as His resurrection and birth were to be marked on a calendar to recognize these events, the Lord would have given a specific date.
Hopefully this will clear up any misunderstanding that could have been perceived in the message on the resurrection.
Pastor Barrett Holloway
Easter: Pagan?? Pastor Holloway, I love your teaching/preaching and I trust your input; not many others. So I come to you with this question not as a criticism. But why is this acknowledged as a holy day?
According to Vine - Easter: mistranslated "Easter" in Act 12:4, AV, denotes the Passover (RV). The phrase "after the Passover" signifies after the whole festival was at an end. The term "Easter" is not of Christian origin. It is another form of Astarte, one of the titles of the Chaldean goddess, the queen of heaven. The festival of Pasch held by Christians in post-apostolic times was a continuation of the Jewish feast, but was not instituted by Christ, nor was it connected with Lent. From this Pasch the pagan festival of "Easter" was quite distinct and was introduced into the apostate Western religion, as part of the attempt to adapt pagan festivals to Christianity.