RISE



RISE


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RISE

IT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF CREATED UNIVERSES. ALL THAT’S BEEN MADE BY GOD FELL WHEN ADAM AND EVE SINNED IN THE GARDEN. BUT GOD DID NOT LEAVE HUMANITY WITHOUT HOPE. HE IMMEDIATELY IMPLEMENTED A PLAN THAT WOULD GIVE EVERY PERSON THE OPPORTUNITY TO RISE UP FROM THE ASHES OF REBELLION AND RECEIVE GOD’S GRACE AND GOD’S GIFT. EASTER MEANS YOU CAN RISE ABOVE YOUR SHAME, YOUR HURTS, YOUR DOUBTS, YOUR DEATH AND EVEN YOUR JUDGMENT.

IT’S EASTER: RISE!



SERMON NOTES



MARCH 22 | RISE FROM SHAME |  JOHN 8:1-11


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ALL OF US HAVE REGRETS.  WE HAVE DONE THINGS WE’VE KEPT SECRET BECAUSE WE’RE ASHAMED.  SOME OF OUR REGRETS MAY HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED AND IT CAN BE HARD TO LOOK PEOPLE IN THE FACE WHO KNOW ABOUT THEM.  EASTER GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO RISE ABOVE OUR SHAME BECAUSE JESUS HAS FORGIVEN OUR SHAMEFUL CHOICES.  


TO PREPARE, READ JOHN 8:1-11.

MARCH 29 |  RISE FROM HURTS | PSALM 147: 1-9; ISAIAH 53:1-5; REVELATION 21:1-5


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ALL OF US HAVE BEEN HURT BY SOMEONE WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO SUPPORT US OR PROTECT US.  OTHER HURTS WE HAVE BROUGHT UPON OURSELVES.  THOSE HURTS CAN LAST A LIFETIME IF WE LET THEM. EASTER PROMISES US THAT JESUS HAS TAKEN UPON HIMSELF THE HURTS OF EVERYONE.  WE CAN RISE ABOVE OUR PAST HURTS IF WE EMBRACE EASTER’S PURPOSE.  


TO PREPARE, READ PSALM 147, ISAIAH 53:1-5 AND REVELATION 21:1-5.


APRIL 5 | PALM SUNDAY – RISE FROM DOUBTS | MATTHEW 8:23-27; 14:22-33; 21:1-11


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THE FIRST QUESTION WE NEED TO ASK AT EASTER IS, “WHO IS JESUS?”  FOR MANY PEOPLE, THE LIFE, DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS IS HARD TO BELIEVE.  EVEN THOSE WHO HAVE BELIEVED FOR YEARS CAN STILL HAVE DOUBTS.  HOW DO I HONESTLY ASK MY QUESTIONS WITHOUT COWERING UNDER DOUBT?  


TO PREPARE, READ MATTHEW 8:23-27; 14;22-33 AND 21:1-11.

APRIL 10 | GOOD FRIDAY – BURIED TO RISE | JOHN 19:16-42; ROMANS 6:1-4



SADNESS FILLED THE EARTH THE DAY JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED.  BUT HIS WORDS, “IT IS FINISHED” MAKE THE HORRIFIC EVENTS OF THAT DAY TRULY AMAZING.  WHILE TORTURE, DEATH AND BURIAL WERE THE FOCUS OF THE MOMENT, THE PURPOSE OF HIS CRUCIFIXION REMINDS US WE WILL NOT STAY IN THE GRAVE.  HE WAS BURIED TO RISE AGAIN...AND SO ARE WE.  


TO PREPARE, READ JOHN 19:16-42 AND ROMANS 6:1-4.


APRIL 12 | EASTER SUNDAY – RISE FROM DEATH | LUKE 24


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NEARLY EVERYONE HAS ATTENDED A FUNERAL.  IF YOU HAVEN’T, YOU PROBABLY WILL.  SOMEONE YOU KNOW AND LOVE WILL DIE. AND, YOUR BODY WILL ULTIMATELY DIE. WITHOUT EASTER, IT’S A HOPELESS FEELING WITH THE DEEPEST OF SADNESS.  BUT WITH THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS, WE CAN STAND AT THE GRAVE OF A CHRIST-FOLLOWER AND KNOW THIS HOLE AND DIRT ARE NOT THE FINAL “RESTING PLACE.”  EASTER IS ALL ABOUT RISING FROM DEATH.  


TO PREPARE, READ LUKE 24 AND FOCUS ON VERSES 45-49. 

APRIL 19 | RISE FROM JUDGMENT | JOHN 3:16-21; ROMANS 8:1-4; 1 JOHN 4:13-18


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EASTER IS ALL ABOUT ETERNAL LIFE, LIVING FOREVER IN HEAVEN WITH GOD AND ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVED IN JESUS.  ONE OF THE THINGS REPEATED OVER AND OVER IN THE BIBLE IS THAT WE WILL ALL STAND BEFORE JESUS CHRIST ON THE JUDGMENT DAY.  HOW CAN WE KNOW FOR SURE WE WILL BE FOUND WORTHY TO ENTER GOD’S HEAVEN?  HOW CAN I BE SURE I WILL RISE FROM JUDGMENT TO ETERNAL LIFE?  


TO PREPARE, READ JOHN 3:16-21, 2 CORINTHIANS 5:1-10 AND 1 JOHN 4:13-18. 

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