Lent to Easter 2015

Lent to Easter (7 of 7) by David Flowers

Sermon Series: Lent to Easter 2015
Sermon Title: The God Who Raises The Dead
Scripture Reading: John 20:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-22, 50-58; 2 Corinthians 4:16-17

What is God doing? What does he want to do? Whatever God is doing, it isn't "same old, same old." God wants to do a new thing! 

Our Lent to Easter 2015 series focuses our attention on our need to see how and where God is at work in our personal walk with him, and in the life of our church. Are we listening? Do we recognize the Holy Spirit at work?

Dead is dead. Whether it be in the ancient world or in modern times, when people die they stay dead. But as we’ve learned in this series, God turns the ways of the world upside down and inside out. Easter Sunday is the quintessential expression of God’s wisdom and power to do the unexpected and the impossible.

He is the God who raises the dead!

In this final message, pastor David will lead us through the discovery of the empty tomb, to seeing Jesus transformed and exalted, to hearing the apostle Paul insist that our faith is futile without the resurrection. This happy morning we’re all being invited to participate in the resurrection. What did it mean in the first century? And what difference does it make today?

Listen to pastor David and view the slides here.

Lent to Easter (6 of 7) by David Flowers

Sermon Series: Lent to Easter 2015
Sermon Title: The God Who Is Still Present When The Party Is Over
Scripture Reading: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Matthew 21:1-16; John 2:13-24

What is God doing? What does he want to do? Whatever God is doing, it isn't "same old, same old." God wants to do a new thing! 

Our Lent to Easter 2015 series focuses our attention on our need to see how and where God is at work in our personal walk with him, and in the life of our church. Are we listening? Do we recognize the Holy Spirit at work?

Jesus enters Jerusalem one last time in a comically subversive manner. Passover is well underway with thousands of worshippers in attendance, and Jesus’ much-anticipated time has come. His disciples tried to deter him from this “triumphal” entry into the city, but Jesus is determined to obey the Father even unto death.

At first he is celebrated, but then he does the unthinkable. Jesus shuts the Passover party down, driving people out of the Temple and calling for a new day. The lights go out, but God is still present with Jesus, just as he is present with us in our time of sorrow and suffering. Listen to pastor David as he challenges us to celebrate even when the party is over, believing that a new day is coming.

Listen and view the slides here.

Lent to Easter 2015 (5 of 7) by David Flowers

Sermon Series: Lent to Easter 2015
Sermon Title: The God Who Creates New Hearts
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 12:23-36; 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

What is God doing? What does he want to do? Whatever God is doing, it isn't "same old, same old." God wants to do a new thing! 

Our Lent to Easter 2015 series focuses our attention on our need to see how and where God is at work in our personal walk with him, and in the life of our church. Are we listening? Do we recognize the Holy Spirit at work?

Christ calls us to deny ourselves in order to receive new life. His gift to us is his covenant written on our hearts. God’s life and law are internalized and becomes a part of who we are, fusing his Spirit with our own. God makes a covenant we cannot break without cutting out a part of ourselves. Growing in our faith is a process of shedding the old and living in the new by accepting Jesus over and over again. God creates new hearts when we deny ourselves and surrender to the way of the Spirit.

Listen to pastor David and view the slides here.

Lent to Easter 2015 (4 of 7) by David Flowers

Sermon Series: Lent to Easter 2015
Sermon Title: The God Who Isn't Scared of the Dark
Scripture Reading: John 3:14-21, 8:12, 12:46; Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 18:2-6, 25-28

What is God doing? What does he want to do? Whatever God is doing, it isn't "same old, same old." God wants to do a new thing! 

Our Lent to Easter 2015 series focuses our attention on our need to see how and where God is at work in our personal walk with him, and in the life of our church. Are we listening? Do we recognize the Holy Spirit at work?

Life is hard, and sometimes it feels like we’re alone. The world can be a dark and scary place, and we can even find ourselves in that darkness, lost in the shadows. But God is present and able to rescue us. He isn’t scared of the dark. Jesus, the light of the world, has come to expose the darkness and dispel the fear of sin and death. It’s where we least expect to find God that he can be found, walking in the valley with us. To our amazement, he invites us to meet him there and be changed by the experience.

Listen to pastor David and view the slides here.

Lent to Easter 2015 (3 of 7) by David Flowers

Sermon Series: Lent to Easter 2015
Sermon Title: The God Who Hides His Wisdom In A Cross
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-30; Matthew 11:25; Colossians 2:13-15; Galatians 5:13-25

What is God doing? What does he want to do? Whatever God is doing, it isn't "same old, same old." God wants to do a new thing! 

Our Lent to Easter 2015 series focuses our attention on our need to see how and where God is at work in our personal walk with him, and in the life of our church. Are we listening? Do we recognize the Holy Spirit at work?

The cross of Christ is the quintessential expression of God’s wisdom. He is the God who has hidden his wisdom in a cross. In fact, all of God’s ways are cross-like in that his wisdom seems upside down and inside out. Walking in his ways and perceiving his wisdom is not possible by following law and relying on human wisdom, but instead it comes through faithful dependence upon the Spirit. What does this look like in our daily lives? How can we walk in the Spirit and discover God’s wisdom?

Listen to David and view the slides here.

Lent to Easter 2015 (2 of 7) by David Flowers

Sermon Series: Lent to Easter 2015
Sermon Title: The God Who Does the Spectacular
Scripture Reading: Gen 17:1-7,15-22; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38; Ephesians 3:20-21

What is God doing? What does he want to do? Whatever God is doing, it isn't "same old, same old." God wants to do a new thing! 

Our Lent to Easter 2015 series focuses our attention on our need to see how and where God is at work in our personal walk with him, and in the life of our church. Are we listening? Do we recognize the Holy Spirit at work?

God works in ways that surprise us, ways that seem upside down and inside out. God’s 
imagination is much bigger than ours. When God delivers on a promise, he does it in spectacular style. He not only wants us to experience his love and grace in unforgettable ways, he wants his work to be recognized by others. He will leave his signature on our lives, if we will learn to trust him and adopt his imagination for what could be in the future.

Listen to David and view the slides here.