Lent to Easter 2016 (7 of 7) / by David Flowers

Sermon Series:  Living Ink: Learning to Live in God's Story
Sermon Title:  Surprised by Hope (7 of 7)
Scripture Reading:  John 20:1-18; Acts 10:34-43; 1 Peter 1:3-9

Lent is a 40-day season when the church commemorates the time Jesus spent in solitude, in silence, and fasting in the wilderness. Jesus prepared himself in the wilderness for what the Father had for him in his life and ministry. In this season of wandering and preparation, we are invited to make room for God’s Spirit as we allow him to become the source of our strength and the Lord of our lives. In our Living Ink worship series, we will discover through the Scriptures that God is the Author of a grand narrative—a tale that encompasses all our struggles, pain, joys, and victories. This Author calls us to co-authorship, using our very lives to continue the Kingdom mission and vision of Jesus in a world poised for resurrection.

God’s story reaches its climax in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter Sunday is the promise of God to redeem humanity, to stay with us in our darkest moments, and that there can be a happy ending to your story. Just as Mary Magdalene was surprised to meet the resurrected Jesus in her lowest moment, we too can be surprised by the hope of new life, even when we feel we’ve reached an end. In Surprised by Hope (7 of 7), pastor David calls us to believe in God’s good future.

Listen to David and view the slides here.