See Christian Pastors Rapping (Yes, Literally) to Encourage Thousands to Participate in ‘Back to Church Sunday’

Posted: September 17, 2012 in Uncategorized
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See Christian Pastors Rapping (Yes, Literally) to Encourage Thousands to Participate in ‘Back to Church Sunday’

Whether you’re a regular churchgoer, someone who has fallen away from attendance — or an individual who has never, in your life, been to a worship service, “National Back to Church Sunday” will have something to offer you. The initiative, aimed at encouraging Americans to attend local houses of worship, will involve thousands of churches across America. Pastors are so fired up for the national effort that they’ve even put together a rap video to help advertise it (see below).

On September 16, 2012, the campaign will culminate, as churches have been inviting citizens for months to give church a try this upcoming Sunday. The initiative, unique in its own regard, relies upon Christians to inspire and invite neighbors, friends and community members to go to church with them.

In 2011, more than 7,600 houses of worship participated, according to the “National Back to Church Sunday” web site. And at a time when so many are questioning faith’s role in the nation and examining whether churches are dwindling in their influence, the end result of the campaign was an average 25 percent increase in attendance on the designated day.

On the official web site for the event, the following reasons are given for why Christians — and churches — should get involved:

  • It’s a catalyst – Pastors give a call to action; communities have a rallying point
  • It’s simple – All churches, one date, one clear message – come back to church!
  • It’s personal – It empowers members  to make a personal invitation to church.
  • It works – On average churches saw a 26% increase in attendance on Back to Church Sunday.
  • It’s grassroots – It’s powered by the people, not a program
  • It empowers – People are energized by an inspiring event and easy-to-use invitations
  • It’s free – Churches don’t have to buy anything or use any of our resources – it’s simply a great idea that works by just doing it!

While the goal for 2012 was 10,000 churches, the group has already attracted 12,752 churches. Getting involved is easy, as the program provides a five-step plan that provides tips and resources for individuals and houses of worship, alike. There’s even a useful church search tool that helps connect people to local congregations.

The grassroots campaign takes on some viral tenets as well, with comical videos and a robust social media presence. Take, for instance, the pastoral rap video that encourages citizens to participate (viewed on YouTube almost 139,000 times):

And then there are some comical videos depicting awkward and unpalatable methods of inviting un-churched peoples to worship. Here’s one (for the entire list of videos, go here):

The campaign has attracted some high-profile attention, as well. Bethany Hamilton, the 20-year-old who lost her arm in a shark attack when she was only 13, has joined in to help support the initiative. In a press release announcing her support, she stressed the importance of growing up as part of a church. The experience, she said, brought her encouraging friends who have helped her live a Christian life.

“My church is a place where I can develop friendships with others that will encourage me in my walk with Christ,” Hamilton explained. “I hope you can find a church too. National Back to Church Sunday is a great time to start looking for a church that suits you.”

 

The world wide  movements in this direction are rapidly intensifying.  Here in the United States of America, the Religious Right, in their effort to combat the moral decline of the nation, is uniting with Roman Catholics and other Evangelicals to return the nation back to honoring God by reestablishing the sacredness of Sunday. Hence, the National Back To Church Sunday initiative. This is a concerted effort by Christian churches of all denominations to get people to come back to church on Sunday. This is their fourth year and church participation is increasing phenomenally.  This year’s celebration is scheduled for Sunday, September 16th, 2012. 

This initiative presents a wonderful opportunity to get the message of the true Sabbath to the people whilst their minds are targeted for returning to church. It not only affords a great opportunity for God’s people to share the truth as it is in Jesus; but it demands a meaningful and forceful response from Seventh-day Adventists.
  “… The Sabbath will be the great test of loyalty, for it is the point of truth especially controverted. When the final test shall be brought to bear upon men, then the line of distinction will be drawn between those who serve God and those who serve Him not. While the observance of the false sabbath in compliance with the law of the state, contrary to the fourth commandment, will be an avowal of allegiance to a power that is in opposition to God, the keeping of the true Sabbath, in obedience to God’s law, is an evidence of loyalty to the Creator…” (Great Controversy 608).

…”The Sunday movement is now making its way in darkness. The leaders are concealing the true issue, and many who unite in the movement do not themselves see whither the undercurrent is tending. Its professions are mild and apparently Christian, but when it shall speak it will reveal the spirit of the dragon. It is our duty to do all in our power to avert the threatened danger…”   (5 testimonies 452)
                    The question is, what are you doing in response the danger ahead and opportunity at hand? I  urge you to get involved by getting God’s Sabbath Truth into the hands and heads of the people.
                  If not us, then who? If not now, when?

 
 
 An Amazing Fact: The U.S. flag is a deeply respected symbol of freedom, which is why a code of etiquette has been devised for handling it: It must never be dipped to another person, should not be used in decoration, advertising, on a non-military uniform, or as a receptacle for holding something. It should also remain clean and no part should touch the ground. Yet while most agree that the U.S. flag should be respected, many Christians have forgotten about the very special symbol that God instituted at Creation!


Question: What day is the Bible Sabbath, and who made it?

The Bible says:

  • “On the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it” (Genesis 2:2, 3).
  • “The seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God” (Exodus 20:10).

The Bible Sabbath is actually the seventh day (Saturday) of the week — and not the first (Sunday), as many believe. After making the world, God “rested” on the seventh day and sanctified it for humanity to keep forever. God blessed the Sabbath, and when God blesses something, it is blessed forever (1 Chronicles 17:27) and no man can “reverse it” (Numbers 23:20).

Question: Why did God make the Sabbath; why should we keep it?
The Bible says:

  • “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. … For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8, 11).
  • “Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10).
  • “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).

God gave the Sabbath as a sign that He created the world in six 24-hour days and of His power to redeem and sanctify mankind. In Isaiah 58:13, 14, God says all who would be blessed must first get their feet off His Sabbath. Moreover, the deliberate breaking of any one of the Ten Commandments is a sin. Christians should gladly follow Christ’s example of Sabbath-keeping. Jesus’ custom was to worship on Sabbath, as well as His apostles. See Luke 4:16.

Question: Does Sabbath-keeping really affect me personally?
The Bible says:

  • “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
  • “To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).
  • “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life” (Revelation 22:14).

Yes! The Sabbath is your Sabbath. God made it for you to rest and to draw closer to Him. The Scriptures also teach that we will continue to keep the Sabbath in the new earth (Isaiah 66:23)! So why not make the decision now to receive the blessings of the Sabbath and choose to obey Him?

Want to Know More?
We’ve just scratched the surface of this exciting, eye-opening topic. We hope you’ll investigate further if this is the first time you’ve heard about the Bible Sabbath or have more questions about it. Here are some resources to get you started:

Sign up for our free Bible studies today.

Order the sharing book Why God Said Remember!

Visit www.SabbathTruth.com

 
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