Sunday, March 03, 2013

How the Resurrection Changed Everything

Corey Bell youth pastor
2 missions trips. 27 to inner city during spring break. 17 to Thailand this summer.

Sing: Great is Thy Faithfulness Lord unto me.

Dave Ens, Servant Leader:
Something exciting happened this week. A historical occasion review. Where were you when Crosby scored that goal in Vancouver? Where were you on 9/11? 
We have shared experiences. Some of them change us and our world. Our perceptions change.

We are in the season in the history of the world that changed everything. It was an extraordinary event that changed the history of the world. Is this story too familiar already?
How can we reignite the wonder of the world changing event? Jesus is the most influential person in history.
We can't ignore him. He is not a good man. He is God incarnate. If the resurrection isn't true Christianity falls apart.
Jesus wants you to know him personally. The best evidence of the truth of the resurrection is a changed life.
Paul said that whatever gains he had personally, are rubbish compared to the power of Jesus's resurrection.
What are the things I strive for?
Eternal hope is sure and certain because Jesus rose for you. You have the power of the resurrected God in you. No one who believes in Jesus will not be saved.

We want to celebrate the Lord's table today.

Regardless of where you are at, read the Easter story in all 4 gospels. You''ll find God works in mysterious ways. The disciples should have known that Jesus would rise in 3 days. They should have been excited. When Jesus rose it was entirely unexpected.
Pray for eyes to see God when things don't go as expected. An Engineering Student sent 200 resumes. Got 1 phone call from a mine in northern Manitoba where he did NOT want to go. Now he has huge Christian influence in that community.
We have an Ironic relationships with the Easter event. We celebrate but the disciples lived in fear that first Easter.
2 responses - for fear the guards fainted. The women left the tomb in fear AND Great joy and amazement. They were pulled into the action of God.
I want my life to be what God wants it to be.

Lord's Table. For 2,000 years Christians have celebrated.

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