Church in the Acres
1383 Wilbraham Rd.
Springfield, Massachusetts 01119
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A message from Pastor Chris:

Getting Emotional

The Installation service was a wonderful event. I could feel the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit as we sang the hymns, by far the loudest I have heard here at Church in The Acres. Despite his aging body, Uncle Tony Campolo still loudly provokes much thought with his message, and for this month’s Challenger I want to use one of his stories to explain a little more about my own heart:

As we preach, our attitudes must be Christ-like or we will contradict our own words by the way in which we present ourselves.

The story is told of a church in a small town that got a new preacher. Everyone in the town was talking about how wonderful he was. Then the town skeptic asked one of the church deacons, “Why is this preacher so much better than the last one you had?”

The deacon answered, “The last one told us we were sinners, and that unless we repented we would all go to hell.”

The skeptic asked, “And what does this new preacher say?”

This new preacher tells us we’re all sinners and unless we repent and accept Jesus, we’re all going to hell,” was the answer.

The skeptic just shrugged his shoulders and said, “I fail to see any difference between the two.”

And the deacon answered, “The new preacher says it with tears in his eyes.”

Yes, you have seen that I can be emotional…and I am ok with that. I have seen for myself that some of the best pastors I have ever known are willing to be open with their emotions. Hey…besides John 3:16, the most well known verse in the Bible is the shortest verse, “Jesus wept”… John 11:35. Jesus had no problem showing His emotions. “A man of sorrows,” the prophet foretold, “and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3). Yes, He was a man of sorrows, but not His own. “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:4). Because His love is great, He made our pains His own.

I think some of us pastors get so emotional because we want so much for everyone in our congregations to really understand how deep the Father’s love really is for us! We so desperately want people to find that deep close relationship with Jesus. We want people to feel HIS power in their lives. Life for Christians is about a 24/7 365 day-a-year relationship with Christ…not just “doing” Church on Sunday.

God desperately WANTS you to have His power in your life. If It takes me wearing my emotions on my sleeve for you to find HIS loving emotions and passion for you, then I will gladly tear…anytime and every time.

In The Lord’s service till the last fish is caught,
-Pastor Chris

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What We Believe...

  • We believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • God the Father is the Director of all.
  • Jesus, the perfect God and perfect sacrifice is also the perfect Savior.
  • The Holy Spirit IS God and lives within us when we become a believer.
  • God created us and gave us jobs/roles.
  • We believe the Word of God, was created by the God of the word.
  • Sin entered the world and we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s perfection.
  • Jesus paid the price for me and you! Amen!
  • Jesus makes eternal life possible.
  • Once accepting Christ, this life is our opportunity to walk the walk.
  • The church is an organism not just an organization.
  • Jesus is coming again- Amen!

This is not all we believe, but we realize as you consider visiting a church you’d sure like to know what it is they really believe and we hope this gives a snap shot of who we are. The What We Believe page can give you a more detailed explanation of each of these points.

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