Pastor TJ Wallace, the Worship Pastor of Forest Park Church in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, blessed GCA this week by passionately proclaiming the great desire of Christ to change lives! Pastor Wallace taught of the man Zacchaeus, a very wealthy chief tax collector, who went to see Jesus. But due to his short stature he could not see over the crowds, so he decided to climb a tree in order to lay eyes on Him. Immediately, Jesus looked up at him and called him, by name, down from the tree. Jesus Christ proceeded to invite Himself to Zacchaeus’ home for dinner. Within those few hours in the presence of Jesus Christ, Zacchaeus’ life was changed forever! Coming to his main point, Pastor Wallace proclaimed that “one moment in the presence of Jesus can change your life completely!” Rounding out his message, Pastor Wallace applied these teachings to the lives of people today. Speaking from the heart through his own life experiences, he proclaimed the truth that everyone parallels to Zacchaeus’ life. They may not all be short physically, but all fall short of God spiritually. Because of that reality, Pastor Wallace put forth a challenge to “stop climbing the trees of tradition and legalism” and start climbing the tree of life in the grace and love of Jesus Christ!
Key Passages: Luke 19:1-10