March 27, 2016
1. THE BIG IDEA
2. THE SERMON
You can watch Sunday's sermon here.
3. THE SCRIPTURE
(ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION)
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men. (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers.
But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
4. THE SET LIST
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
Pray the power. Paul says that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is in us (Ephesians 1:19). Are you giving evidence of that power? Would your friends describe you like a spiritual giant on the order of Mother Teresa or a spiritual midget on the order of Pee Wee Herman? What’s the key to more power in you?
QUESTION 2: SPEAK
Paul says that God raised us up (Ephesians 2:5). In 25 words or less how would you describe what that means to someone who has never darkened the door of a church before?
QUESTION 3: GROW
Paul connects the exaltation of Christ with the use of our spiritual gifts (Ephesians 4:8-11). How does knowing that Christ lives in heaven aid in the empowerment of our lives for Christian service?
QUESTION 4: LOVE
Ephesians tells us to walk in love, light, and wisdom (Ephesians 5:1-21). How does resurrection faith and Holy Spirit power combine to help us live ethical lives for Christ today? What does it mean to “come awake” ethically?
6. THE HIGHLIGHT
Murray Hollis read us an Easter story!
7. THE BONUS
Dr. Mark Scott showed this video during his sermon. Preacher Jeff Walling tells about a time he prayed at a funeral.