On Sunday morning, Aug. 7, during the 10 a.m. service at CrossRoad Christian Fellowship, Mosaic, the Christian Theatre Ministry of Springs Theatre Company will reprise its production of “No Ordinary Day.”
This is a play about one man’s journey to the Judgment Seat of Christ. We are told that every believer in Christ Jesus will appear before Him and give account for his works done for the glory of God, with the right motive, and in dependence upon the power of the Holy Spirit as outlined in 1 Corinthians 3:12-15. This account is also known as the Bema Seat Judgment.
What is the Bema Seat Judgment?
The concept of the Bema Seat originally comes from the ancient Olympics. For each race, a judge would sit on the Bema Seat at the finish line. The judge’s duty was to determine what position the runners came in and then to give out the appropriate rewards. This imagery is behind what is known as the Bema Seat.
Also known as the Judgment Seat of Christ, the Bema Seat is described in 1 Corinthians 3:12-15, “If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”
Your gold, silver, and costly stones are works done for the glory of God, with the right motive, and in dependence upon the power of the Holy Spirit.
There is some debate as to the exact timing of the Bema Seat. Some understand it to occur at the moment of death for each believer. Others believe the Bema Seat to occur during the end times, with all believers being judged at that time.
What the Bema Seat isn’t — The Bema Seat judgment does not determine salvation. Rather, it is when believers must give an account of their lives to Christ. It is very important to not confuse the Bema Seat with the Great White Throne judgment. The Great White Throne is where those who do not believe in Jesus Christ are judged and condemned. This judgment is described in Revelation 20:11-15.
In contrast, the Bema Seat is for believers whose salvation has already been secured by faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10). The believer should understand the Bema Seat is not Christ judging our sins, but rather as God rewarding us according to our lives. Every believer will surely have to give an account of the results of their lives.
“No Ordinary Day” is a moving depiction of one man’s account of this judgment and will compel the believer to examine their own life and what they have done and will do for Christ. It will inspire you, concern you, and move you to action for Christ in your life. Everyone is invited to attend the Aug. 7 Sunday morning service.
No tickets are necessary and seating is first-come, first-served.
CrossRoad Christian Fellowship is located at 1044 Park Ave. in Pagosa Springs. For more information, contact the church at 731-4384.
To become involved, book the Mosaic troupe or for more information feel free to e-mail Springs Theatre Company at firstname.lastname@example.org.