This weekend, we are examining Jesus’ statement that he is the “resurrection and the life.” He delivers this statement in the context of the loss of his friend, Lazarus. Jesus reminds those gathered to mourn that he is the answer to the problem of death. Christ himself was not bound by death and his resurrection offers wonderful promises for us as well. Much more than something to talk about at Easter, the concept of resurrection is central to our faith.
This weekend, we are turning a corner in our series. As we have learned, salvation is both a moment and process in the life of every believer. It involves a person going from being spiritually dead to being alive in Christ. But what does that mean? And how does it change the way we celebrate Easter? The title of this weekend’s message is “REGENERATION.”
This weekend, we turn our attention to the cross. This is one of the most powerful symbols, both in the church and in our culture as a whole. This tool of punishment and torture became the means of our forgiveness and redemption. The title of the message is “HUMILITY.”
This weekend’s message is titled “IMMORTAL.” Paul’s words to the Philippians show that he was fearless in the faith of death. He knew what was waiting for him on the other side: an eternity in the presence of God. Paul was able to maintain an eternal perspective because he understood that this life is not all there is.
Death has always been our enemy. It rips a child from its’ mother, a friend from a friend and a lover from a lover. It can be expected or unexpected. In this message we will see that Jesus came to set us free from the power of death.
We will learn how Jesus brought hope to two different individuals: One, the daughter of Jairus and second, the woman with the issue of blood. In both cases Jesus brought hope where there was only hopelessness and despair.
Contrary to what many consider, the resurrection of Jesus is not some stale doctrine based on some event that took place 2000 years ago. In fact, it is one of the most applicable doctrine of Christianity.
Monday afternoon two weeks ago I got a phone call that I have received before as a pastor but I never imagined whom it would be about. “Sylvia Edwards died.” I thought I had misheard the name and so I asked – “Who did you say again?” I heard it right the first time. It was Sylvia. I couldn’t believe it…I saw her the night before at church! We talked about her singing at the coming Fourth of July program. She wasn’t feeling well but she was still excited about picking out the songs and getting started with the practices. If you knew Sylvia, you would know that she loved to sing and she wasn’t one to sit still very long! Now, two days later we were standing by her graveside – “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…”
In this Sunday’s message we will look at I Corinthians 15 – the key passage in the entire Bible on the resurrection. This is one message you cannot afford to miss.
Today we are celebrating Easter Sunday. It commemorates the day Jesus rose from the grave. With that in mind, I am preaching a message titled “HOW TO BEAT DEATH.” Unless Jesus comes for us first, death is coming to all of us.
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MOTIVATED BY ABUNDANT GRACE by Pastor Shah, Clearview, Henderson Romans 5-8 are the heart of this book. In fact, they are the heart of Christianity. Ray Stedman (Chuck Swindoll’s mentor) said that, “Romans 5 is a graduation exercise. It takes us from the elementary grades of Christian life into high school….” Most Christians have massive gaps... Continue Reading →