Recap of Last Sunday & Looking Forward to Resurrection Sunday!
March 20, 2016
1. THE BIG IDEA
2. THE SERMON
Our service centered around prayer, so there was not a traditional sermon. We prayed together about various topics.
3. THE SCRIPTURE
1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenheartedand saves those who are crushed in spirit.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
4. THE SETLIST
5. THE QUESTIONS
Use these questions to further explore the theme of the service (these are great to use with your friends, family, or small group).
QUESTION 1: PRAY
Have you ever “prayed Scripture” before? What are the benefits of praying Scripture?
QUESTION 2: SPEAK
Paul addresses his prayer to the Father, “from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.” How could you use this prayer as a resource for speaking about Jesus?
QUESTION 3: GROW
Which part of Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21 do you resonate with most? Why do you think you are drawn to that part of the prayer? What might Christ be calling you to in your relationship with him?
QUESTION 4: LOVE
Paul’s prayer teaches us that we need the Holy Spirit’s help to comprehend the magnitude of God’s love that surpasses all knowledge. He then states that the deeper our understanding of God’s love, the more filled we will be with all the fullness of God. How does experiencing and understanding God’s love impact the way we demonstrate that love to others?
6. THE HIGHLIGHT
We are excited about celebrating Easter, also called Resurrection Sunday, with you!
Here are some scenes around the building today:
The staff has taken time out today to make the building ready for our guests!
Testing our new stage design and screen set up.
Our icons for our Four Commitments are going to be larger than life!
7. THE BONUS
We love this video made by Igniter Media. What if the Resurrection happened today?
Hope to see you tomorrow night at 6:00 PM in the Chapel for our Good Friday Service and at either 9:00 AM or 11:00 AM on Sunday morning celebrating Jesus' resurrection!