160403 Acts 5:12, 17-32

Text: Acts 5:12, 17-32
Theme: Easter Is A Season Marked By Miracles

It began with just a few words, "Let there be light." And there was. Using nothing more than his word, the Creator unleashed his awesome, almighty, miraculous power. And the beginning was just the beginning. In the days that followed God created the sea and dry land and the moon and the stars and fish and birds and plants and animals. And on the sixth day using the breath of his mouth and the dirt on the ground the Lord God gave life to the crown of his creation, man.

The man who recorded the Lord's creative activity in the opening chapters of Genesis was no stranger to miracles either. In Egypt Moses saw the sky turned to darkness and the Nile River turned the blood. By the grace of God he and his people were spared by the passing over angel of death. Through Moses the Lord parted the Red Sea and made water gush out of a rock.

And the man who stood next to Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration witnessed his share of miracles too. The prophet Elijah saw fire come down from heaven and burn up his soaking wet sacrifice, and later he himself was taken up to heaven in a fiery chariot.

The Bible is full of miracles, but if you study them chronologically you will notice a pattern. For the most part these miracles are grouped into clusters, in the beginning, at the time of the Exodus and during the ministries of Elijah and Elisha. And not surprisingly, the greatest concentration of miracles coincides with the life of Jesus.

By his miracles the Son of Man proved that he is also the Son of God. He healed lepers and drove out demons. He stilled storms and fed thousands. He raised from the dead a ruler's daughter and a widow's son and even his dear friend Lazarus. All of these miracles were leading up to something special. All of these miracles were building up to a grand finale, to the most miraculous miracle of all, to Easter morning when the Lord himself burst forth from the grave.

It's impossible to top that. Christians can't possibly top the miracle of the resurrection. And as a result on the Sunday after Easter it's natural to feel a little letdown. We might even wonder to ourselves: Did the Lord save the best for last? Did God perform any miracles after Easter, and do his followers have the right to expect God to perform any more miracles today?

Today's sermon text from Acts 5 provides us with some answers and some important reminders. We will see that God's greatest miracle was by no means his last. And we will be reminded that Easter is far too special, far too wonderful, to celebrate on a single day. According to the church calendar Easter is a seven week season...


I. Miracles of healing
II. Miracles of deliverance
III. Miracles of faith

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160327 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1 – 11

Sermon Theme: Look! The Tomb of Jesus is Empty!!

The last time we were together for worship, it was on Good Friday. Darkness filled the Lord's house. We heard that our Savior, Jesus, willingly went to the cross. He suffered. He died. His lifeless body was placed in a tomb. But this morning we are back here in God's house to rejoice in the Good News that Jesus Christ lives. This morning, join the women at the tomb of Jesus and hear the angels proclaim the Good News: "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!" This morning, run along with Peter to the tomb of Jesus and see "the strips of linen lying by themselves." With a heart filled with joy and thankfulness, LOOK! THE TOMB OF JESUS IS EMPTY!

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160324 Luke 22:19-20

Sermon Text: Luke 22:19 – 20
Sermon Theme: Tonight We Enjoy a Feast!

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you."

What picture comes to mind when you think about a feast? Maybe you picture the dinner table at Thanksgiving that is filled with food from one end of the table to the other. As we gather for our worship tonight, you and I are invited to a feast. I'm not talking about a meal that will be served after our Service. Rather, it is a meal that will be served during our Service tonight. You won't see a table filled to over-flowing with food. Rather, what you will see is a small amount of bread along with a small amount of wine. Yet, it is far better for you and me than ANY other meal we may enjoy. And it is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ himself, who has prepared this meal for you and me. So, as we gather together on this Maundy Thursday: Tonight We Enjoy a Feast!

Read more: 160324 Luke 22:19-20

160320 Philippians 2:5-11

Text: Philippians 2:5-11
Theme: No Ordinary King

The time: spring in about the year 30 A.D. The place: somewhere on the short stretch of road between Bethany and Jerusalem. Thousands of faithful Jews had made the pilgrimage to celebrate the Passover, now only a few days away. As Jesus made his way down from the Mount of Olives into the Kidron Valley, the buzz began to grow.

"Is it really him? Is this Jesus of Nazareth, the one everyone has been talking about? Did you hear about his friend Lazarus? He had been dead for four days, and Jesus came to the tomb and called out to him, 'Lazarus, come out,' and he did. What kind of man is this? What kind of powers does he possess? Could this be the Messiah, the Promised One, the Redeemer of Israel?"

As Jesus entered the city, the noises grew louder and the crowds grew larger. Some threw their coats down in front of him. Others took palm branches and waved them in the air. The adoring crowds bowed down and exclaimed: "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord (Luke 19:38)!

The combined gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John give us a vivid picture of what we now call Palm Sunday. The triumphant scene had all the makings of a grand procession, a homecoming parade for a victorious king. But a closer look reveals that Jesus did not exactly receive a royal welcome.

There were no armies marching ahead of him, no trumpet blasts, no flags snapping in the breeze. Jesus didn't sit atop a majestic steed covered in gold. He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, a colt, a beast of burden. Instead of giving a stirring speech before huge crowds, Jesus wept alone. He wept for Jerusalem because he knew that the city would be destroyed in the not-so-distant future. Even the people who lined the streets and hailed Jesus as the son of David were not the most faithful of followers. Where would they be a few days later, when the crowds were shouting: "Crucify him, crucify him?"

Those people probably didn't realize it, but they were not far from the truth. Jesus was the son of David. And yes, Jesus was a king. But he was different. He didn't come to establish an earthly kingdom in Israel. He came to establish an eternal rule in heaven. The words of Paul recorded in Philippians 2 remind us of that. They give us the assurance that Jesus was and is...


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