May 17 — Teacher's Meeting @ 4 PM
Jun 22-26 — VBS (MON-FRI) @ 7 PM
Oct 22-25 — Curtis Pope (THU-SUN)
Zealous for Good Works
The elders have chosen this theme for 2015. Their desire is to generate more enthusiasm, commitment, and participation in the work at Eastland in 2015.
The word "zeal" in the New Testament comes from a group of Greek words related to the idea of heat. The Greek word zeō meant "to be hot; to boil (as with liquids) or to glow (as with coals)." In the New Testament it is translated as "fervent." The word zēlos meant "zeal," and the word zēloō meant "zealous." Zeal, simply put, is to be on fire for the Lord and his work.
The text for this year's theme is Titus 2.14, which says that Christ "gave himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for himself a people for his own possession, zealous for good deeds." How does this text stoke the flames of our zeal? It describes…
His love for us — "who gave himself for us"
His work for us — "to redeem us from every lawless deed"
His purpose for us — "to purify for himself"
Our status before him — "a people for his own possession"
Our response to him — "zealous for good deeds"