You are a chosen priesthood, a holy nation! Born and equipped to serve. To show His compassion.
Let’s not stand over our world choosing whether we will help. Let's embrace who we are who we are born to be.
You are chosen as a priest--be a good one. Fight against that duplicity we all fight against. Give your loyalty to God so you will be prepared to be His ambassador. Remember all God’s power and authority back you up as He makes His appeal to those around you through you. Embrace it and let God surprise you with what He can do through you!
Whether it’s drama with your kids, health struggles you or someone you love is facing, financial difficulties, addiction to a behavior or substance, or some other struggle, we all know what it’s like to ask, “God, where are you?” And I want you to know that no matter what has led you to ask that question, today is for you. Because Easter is for everyone.
Matthew 27:45-46 - At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 46 At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
The Son of God asks the very same question that we ask when bad and hopeless things happen to us—my God, why?
Tonight we continue our series “Easter for Everyone.” Last Sunday saw Jesus on the move, heading for Jerusalem. We said the message of Palm Sunday is that Jesus took the first step in making His way, not just to the cross, but through the cross to get to you. Yet, tonight finds Jesus not on the move, but hanging from that cross. The Creator of the world, killed by His creation.
None of this though caught Jesus by surprise. Tonight, we want to tune in to an important conversation Jesus has with His disciples.
Like many of you, I believe the Easter story shares this incredible truth of the most inclusive, welcoming, amazing message the world has ever known: the message of Jesus. Everyone is invited. Everyone is welcome. Everyone gets in the same way. That’s why we are calling this new series Easter For Everyone.
Some people think Jesus is disappointed with them, and so they stay away. Our goal as a church is for people to clearly understand the message of Jesus and to know Him as their Savior. This week provides us with one of the best opportunities as a church to do this. It’s why Palm Sunday and the week ahead is so important. We want people to know that Easter is for everyone.
John 6:1-29 - After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. 3 Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. 4 (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) 5 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” 6 He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. 7 Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!” 8 Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. 9 “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” 10 “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. 12 After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” ...
Genesis 1:1-2 - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
- Let there be light…
- Let there be a space between the waters…
- Let the waters beneath the sky flow together…
- Let the land sprout with vegetation…
- Let lights appear in the sky…
- Let the waters swarm…
- Let the earth produce every sort of animal…
Genesis 1:26-27 - Then God said, “Let us make…
We would expect God again to speak a word, but instead, God bends down.
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VOW #1: I PROMISE GOD WILL BE MY FIRST PRIORITY AND MY SPOUSE WILL BE MY SECOND.
VOW #2: I PROMISE TO ALWAYS PURSUE MY TWO.
VOW #3: I PROMISE OUR MARRIAGE WILL BE ABOUT “WE” AND NOT “ME.”
VOW #4: I PROMISE TO CONFIDE IN YOU & NOT HIDE FROM YOU.
I. Building a marriage on the right foundation
A. When we build our marriage on a foundation of sin
Ephesians 5:3 - Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.
Nobody plans to destroy their marriage, damage their kids, and ruin the testimony of the gospel.
It happens though. It happens because we play around with things that infect us.
Sexual immorality, impurity and greed are what I categorize as a infection sin. If you don’t get it all it grows.