Jesus Speaks Peace to Our Fears

April 26, 2009

Sermon on Luke 24:36-49 for the 3rd Sunday of Easter

Sermon Talking Points:

  1. What are some ways we express our fears about death, and how does that leave us without peace? How do we try to hide ourselves from death, rather than facing it?
  2. How does Jesus speak peace to the disciples’ (and our) fear about death? What doubts about the resurrection did He allay?
  3. How is our understanding of the Old Testament, and Scripture as a whole, incomplete without the knowledge and centrality of Christ? How does Scripture seem without Christ? With Christ?
  4. What made Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection an act of Divine Necessity? Why did these things have to be so?
  5. What was the consequence for the disciples of hearing and seeing this resurrection for themselves? What message must now go out? (re-read Luke 24:45-49).
  6. How did the disciples, and how do we, gain the courage and confidence to share this message with others? How does Christ’s resurrection awaken us to the need of others to hear this message?
  7. What makes this message essential to all who live in a world of fear?

Propitiation for our Sins

April 20, 2009

Sermon on 1 John 1:1-2:2 for the 2nd Sunday of Easter

Sermon Talking Points:

1. What does propitiation mean, and why is this “cross-word” worth adding to or keeping in our vocabulary? How did Jesus “propitiate” our sins?

2. How does sin estrange us from God? (read Psalm 5)

3. What is the truthful response to the knowledge of our sin and God’s wrath against sin? How does this response bring us into light and fellowship with Him? (reread 1 John 1)

4. What is the false response to knowledge of sin? How does this make God out to be a liar?

5. What sins or sinful patterns of life are you hanging on to that you refuse to surrender? What are some deceptions that we tell ourselves to justify sin?

6. Why was the eyewitness testimony of the Resurrection so vitally important, in relation to Jesus’ propitiation for our sins?

7. How does this knowledge enable our joy and fellowship with God to be complete?


He will swallow up death forever

April 13, 2009

Sermon on Mark 16:1-8 for Easter, the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Sermon Talking Points:

  1. Why is the Easter message universal?
  2. Who were the eyewitnesses of the Resurrection? How many were there? (1 Cor. 15:1-11)
  3. How had death overshadowed the faith and hope of the women that came to the tomb? What should they have been looking for? (see Mark 14:28)
  4. How has the joy of the resurrection grasped your life? How does it affect your outlook on life? On death, both of loved ones, and your own?
  5. How did death get swallowed up in victory? Was that how it appeared at first? (Is. 25:8; John 12:24)
  6. Do we sometimes think that this Easter news is too good to be true? How does that doubt express itself?
  7. What special comfort is given for those who are doubtful whether they too can share in the benefits of the Resurrection?

I Joy to Call Thee Mine

April 11, 2009

Sermon on Matthew 27:24 and the Passion of Jesus Christ for Good Friday.


Blood of the Covenant

April 10, 2009

Sermon on Mark 14:12-26 and Exodus 24:3-11 for Maundy Thursday.


If you are the Christ, the Son of God…

April 5, 2009

Part 6, the concluding sermon for the series, "Questions about Jesus that they don't want answered." Based on Matthew 26:57-68


Palms or Thorns for our King?

April 5, 2009

Sermon on Mark 15:1-47 for Palm Sunday.

Sermon Talking Points:

  1. How does the change in mood from Lent and Holy Week, all the way through Good Friday, prepare us for Easter?
  2. What pointed to Jesus’ kingship in the Scriptures, on Palm Sunday? On Good Friday?
  3. What was the scale of the conflict into which Jesus entered? What was the method of His battle? How did it seem to the people?
  4. Why did Jesus remain silent to His accusers? Read Isaiah 53.
  5. What warning is there in this about perverting justice? How are we (and our leaders) tempted to do this today? See Exodus 23.
  6. How was the cross the place where Jesus gained His glory? How was His kingship made evident there? What was different about His kingship?
  7. How does Jesus identify with the “God-forsaken?” Read Psalm 22. What did His unparalleled forsakenness accomplish for us?