East Tampa Christian Church

Welcome to East Tampa Christian Church

Welcome to our website! We are a restoration plea fellowship of independent New Testament churches that have been serving our community for over 50 years. Our church is open to all who seek to deepen their faith and grow in the love of Jesus. We invite you to explore our page to discover the daily devotional, the latest on the calendar, our From The Word Weekly Bible Verse, and learn about the various ministries and missions we offer.

Our worship services are based on the Bible and we believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us in our faith journey. We observe the Lord's Supper every Sunday as a way to honor and reflect on Jesus' sacrifice for us.

We believe in the importance of repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. We invite all who share these beliefs to join us in proclaiming salvation and unity to those in need of hearing the message of Jesus Christ.

The Ultimate Sacrifice: Reflecting on the Significance of Good Friday

Good Friday is a somber day for Christians, as we reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. It is a day to remember the great love and mercy that God has shown us, as He sent His only Son to die for our sins.


The apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 5:8 that "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Jesus willingly suffered and died on the cross so that we may have eternal life and be reconciled with God.


On this Good Friday, let us take a moment to reflect on the incredible sacrifice that Jesus made for us. Let us remember the agony and pain that He endured on our behalf, and the love that motivated Him to do so. As we look at the cross, let us be reminded of the depth of God's love for us, and let us respond with gratitude, worship, and obedience.


Prayer:

Dear God, on this Good Friday, we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. We are grateful for the love and mercy that you have shown us through Him. Help us to never take for granted the incredible gift of salvation that we have received through His death and resurrection. May we respond with lives of gratitude, worship, and obedience. Amen.

From The Word

28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’

29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.

32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.”


Matthew 21:28-32


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22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror

24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.


James 1:22-24


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22 But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”


1 Samuel 15:22-23

Calendar

Sunday - Sunday School: Adults, 9 a.m., Children, 9 and 10 a.m., Worship, 10 a.m.

Tuesday - Hunger-Free Mission food and clothes sharing, 10 a.m.

Wednesday - Bible study and prayer meeting, 6 p.m.

Ministries

We are excited to share with you all of the amazing ministries and opportunities for growth and service that are available here at our church. Although many of these programs are currently in the planning stages, our goal is to make them a reality through the support and involvement of members like you.

Men's Ministry

Our Men's Ministry is focused on building strong, godly relationships among men of all ages. We offer Bible studies, retreats, and events that are tailored to the unique needs and interests of men. Our goal is to help men grow in their faith and become leaders in their homes, church, and community.

Women's Ministry

Our Women's Ministry is designed to help women connect with one another and with God. We offer Bible studies, retreats, and events that are tailored to the unique needs and interests of women. Our goal is to encourage women to grow in their faith and become leaders in their homes, church, and community.

Young Adult Ministry

Our Young Adult Ministry is designed to help young adults connect with one another and with God. We offer Bible studies, retreats, and events that are tailored to the unique needs and interests of young adults. Our goal is to encourage young adults to grow in their faith and become leaders in their homes, church, and community.

Senior Adult Ministry

Our Senior Adult Ministry is designed to help seniors connect with one another and with God. We offer Bible studies, retreats, and events that are tailored to the unique needs and interests of seniors. Our goal is to encourage seniors to grow in their faith and become leaders in their homes, church, and community.

Bible Study/Discipleship Groups

Our Bible Study and Discipleship groups are designed to help people grow in their faith. These groups meet regularly to study God's word and apply it to their lives. We offer a variety of groups for different ages and interests.

Outreach/Evangelism Ministry

Our Outreach and Evangelism Ministry is dedicated to sharing the love of Jesus with those outside of our church. We offer a variety of programs and events that are designed to reach out to our community and share the good news of Jesus.

Community Service Ministry

Our Community Service Ministry is focused on serving the needs of our community. We offer a variety of programs and events that are designed to help those in need.

Financial Stewardship Ministry

Our Financial Stewardship Ministry is focused on helping people learn to manage their finances in a way that honors God. We offer a variety of resources and programs that are designed to help people learn to be good stewards of the resources God has given them.

Prayer Ministry

Our Prayer Ministry is focused on helping people develop a deeper relationship with God through prayer. We offer a variety of resources and programs that are designed to help people learn to pray and grow in their faith.

Music Ministry

Our Music Ministry is focused on using music to praise God and lead people in worship. We offer a variety of opportunities for people to use their musical talents in our church.

Counseling/Care Ministry

Our Counseling/Care Ministry is dedicated to providing emotional and spiritual support to those in need. We understand that life can be challenging and that everyone needs someone to talk to at some point. Our team of trained counselors is available to provide a listening ear, guidance, and support.

Health and Wellness Ministry

Our Health and Wellness Ministry is focused on helping people live healthy and whole lives in mind, body, and spirit. We offer a variety of programs and resources to help our church members and community stay healthy and active, including fitness classes, nutrition workshops, and support groups for those dealing with health challenges. Whether you're looking to improve your physical health, manage a chronic condition, or simply learn more about healthy living, our Health and Wellness Ministry is here to support you.

Technology Ministry

Our Technology Ministry is dedicated to providing support and guidance to those who need help with technology. We understand that technology can be confusing and overwhelming, and we want to help make it accessible and easy to use. Whether you need help with your computer, smartphone, or other technology, our team is here to help.

Hospitality Ministry

Our Hospitality Ministry is dedicated to making everyone feel welcome and at home. We understand that visiting a new place can be intimidating, and we want to make sure that you feel comfortable and at ease. Our team is available to provide tours, answer questions, and make sure that you have everything you need.

Small Group Ministry

Our Small Group Ministry is focused on connecting people through meaningful relationships. We believe that small groups are an essential part of the church experience and that they provide an opportunity for individuals to connect with others, share their faith, and grow spiritually. Our team is available to help you find a small group that's right for you.

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We invite you to take an active role in bringing these ministries to life and helping us create a thriving community where everyone can grow and flourish in their faith. So don't be discouraged by what may seem like a work in progress - we are confident that with your help, we can make these programs and services a reality for everyone

Missions