Sermon on Sunday February 16, 2014 by Pastor Thomas Tate


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Sermon Outline

The Resurrection

John 20:1

¨  Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb.


Why The Resurrection Is So Important

¨  For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.  But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.


An Angel Moves The Stone

¨  And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.


The Guards Deception

¨  Now while they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened.  And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.’

¨   “And if this should come to the governor’s ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble.” And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jews, and is to this day.


Mary Goes To The Tomb

¨  Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb.


They Did Not Remember God’s Promise

They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large.


Not Standing On God’s Promises Can Make Life Terrifying

¨  but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead?


Remember His Promises

¨  “He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”  And they remembered His words,


Believe The Promises Of God

¨  Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”

¨   “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe  also in Me.  “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.  “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.


What are some promises of God you remember?


The Resurrection


John 20:1  

Death Is To Be With Christ Now

¨  “But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God:  ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God  of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

¨  Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

¨  And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.  And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.

¨  For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose.  But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.


Loved Ones Cannot Come To Us

¨  ‘And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’  “And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’  “But Abraham *said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’  “But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’  “But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”


The Sting of Death Has Been Removed

¨  For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.  “O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting?”


Believe In Jesus And Be Saved

¨  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.  “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.


Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

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John 2:1 

1.   Who has ever made a promise to you and how did it turn out?

How significant is a promise to you?


2.   Why do you think that Jesus over and over promised that He would rise again on the third day after His death?


3.   Does a Christian have to believe in the resurrection to be a true believer? Can’t they just believe He died for their sins?  Read 1 Corinthians 15:16-20 and discuss what it means and it’s implications on individuals and churches.


4.   Read John 20:1; Mark 16:3-4.  What is significant about their discussion on the way to the tomb? What were they going to the tomb for?


5.   Read Luke 24:3-8. How does the men/angels respond to the women?  Do you think they forgot Jesus’ words or did they not believe His words? How would their day have been different if they had remembered Jesus’ promise of the resurrection?


6.   How are we like the women going to the cross?

(Followers of Christ, seemingly religious but not living as believing in God’s promises)


7.   As a group begin a list of all of God’s promises that you can think of.  Talk about how each one of those should have more of an impact on your daily life, how would your day be different if you lived it out?