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PASSOVER seders

Our Next One:

  • March/April 2018 in Texarkana, TX
  • March/April 2018 in Fayetville, AR
  • Exact dates are TBD.
  • Background:

    When Calvary Chapel Texarkana began in 2004, Pastor Craig knew that one of the opportunities the Lord opened for them was to conduct a Passover Seder from a Messianic perspective - meaning that much of the symbolism and focus of the Jewish Passover dinner and service (called the seder) points to and/or speaks of Jesus as the Jewish Messiah.

    So, in 2005, CCTxk hosted its first "Christ Is the Passover, Christ in the Passover" Seder. Pastor Craig put together a new Haggadah (the book used during the Seder service) that helps to teach us about the beauty, wonder, and richness of this Jewish holiday, while connecting and relating it all back to Jesus.

    Why Conduct a Passover Seder?

    We hope that no one misunderstands. We do not conduct these seders because we are trying to satisfy the law, but because we have the opportunity to enjoy this special evening while learning more about our Savior.

    The Passover Seder allows us to catch a glimpse into the Jewish roots of Christianity and to better understand the Jewish culture (especially as we read about it in the Gospels). However, and more importantly, the Passover provides an opportunity for us to remember what it was like when we were in Egypt (before our salvation in Christ).

    Excerpt - "Christ Is/In the Passover Haggadah"

    Our prayer is that tonight’s service will encourage you in your walk with Jesus. The rabbis have a saying that when Messiah comes He will explain the meaning of every book, verse, letter, jot, tittle, and space within the Scriptures because they are filled with pictures, symbols, models, and similitudes—each of which all point to the One who would be the Messiah and Savior of the world. This is as the prophet Hosea declared from the L-rd:

  • "I have spoken by the prophets, and have multiplied visions; I have given symbols through the witness of the prophets." (Hos 12:10)
  • And, we read that the festivals, holidays, dietary restrictions, and laws are:

  • A shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. (Col 2:16-17)
  • Picture this: you are walking down a street at nighttime away from a lamppost. If you were to look on the ground your steps would be preceded by a shadow. The Hebrew Scriptures are that shadow of what is to come; actually of Who is to come—the substance is of Christ. The Pesach, as ordained by G-d, speaks clearly of and points to Jesus as the long-awaited Jewish Messiah and Savior of the world. But the Pesach is much more than an emotional experience or an intellectual exercise. It is a personal and intimate reminder of our journey that began with our initial salvation, our continual sanctification, and our future glorification—lest we forget the purpose, passion, and power of the Pesach.

    The PURPOSE of the Pesach is for each of us to personally say, “This is done because of what the L-rd did for me when I came up from Egypt.” (Ex 13:8) We are to place ourselves as though it was us in Egypt experiencing the bitterness and it was us in the exodus experiencing G-d’s redemption.

    The PASSION of the Pesach Seder is to bring the story of redemption to those at the table so that each one of us feels as if we were experiencing G-d’s redemption for the very first time.

    The POWER of the Pesach Seder is that the

    story is told through our senses by tastes,

    illustrations, aromas, and song.

    What To Expect When Participating in a "Christ Is/In the Passover" Seder:

  • The Seder lasts about three hours.
  • It is not a demonstration or a presentation followed by eating a meal. You are an active participant in the whole service, and the meal is spread-out through the entire Seder.
  • The meal includes an appetizer dish, matzah ball soup, a dinner meal, and dessert.
  • It is not a Bible study, but the Haggadah includes the Scripture readings for the Seder.
  • Men usually wear a white shirt, and the dress is nice (like what you might wear to eat at a restaurant), but comfortable.
  • Where We've Been:

    Here is a list of churches where we have presented the "Christ Is/In the Passover." We have conducted 15+ seders since 2004; each one ranging from 20-80 people in size.

  • Anderson Baptist Church (Springhill, AR)
  • Calvary Chapel Fort Smith
  • Calvary Chapel Mountain Home
  • Calvary Chapel of the Ozarks (Rogers, AR)
  • Calvary Chapel Texarkana
  • Calvary Chapel Tyler
  • First Baptist Church of Redlick, Texas
  • If you are interested in having the "Christ Is/In the Passover" seder at your church or city, please contact us (info@cctxk.org) - we would be glad to pray about where the Lord wants us to go next.

  • Click to see a PDF of the 2014 registration form for a Seder in Texarkana.
  • Click to see a PDF of the logistics for conducting a "Christ Is/In the Passover" Seder at your church.
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