Sermon on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, by Pastor Thomas Tate
THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTION
THE POWER OF ETERNAL LIFE
- 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?”
- Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.
- 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. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
THE POWER OF A NEW LIFE
- For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
THE POWER TO START EACH DAY NEW
- The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
THE POWER TO BE A CHILD WHO WILL OBTAIN AN INHERITANCE
- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
THE POWER TO HAVE PEACE
- For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins…For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
THE POWER TO HAVE PEACE
- And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.
Sermon-based Bible Study Questions
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THE POWER OF THE RESSURECTION
1. What is your memories of Easter growing up? How did seeing 4 people accept Jesus on Sunday affect you emotionally?
2. How much more do you think the 4th of July meant to the families who lost loved ones fighting for the freedom of our country verses what it means to people today? How does this relate to Easter?
3. Read 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. How often do you think of your own death? Do you want to be awake or asleep when you die and why? What should be our view and feelings towards death? Why do most people (even Christians) deep down fear death?
4. Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-17. What does the power of the resurrection enable us to do? What does it mean that we no longer recognize anyone “according to the flesh”? How should we look at/recognize people?
5. Do you know people who still hold your past failures against you? Do you still struggle with hurt feelings towards people who have hurt you in the past? Have you ever been turned down for a job because of past mistakes? How does it affect you knowing that God makes you a new creation and does not label you from the past or hold it against you?
6. Read Lamentations 3:19-24. Do you sometimes beat yourself up and feel worthless due to the mistakes you have made the day before or even weeks before? What do these verses teach us about God’s feelings towards us each morning? How do we get to start each day? How would our relationships be better if we were able to treat each other with the same mercies each morning?
7. Read 1 Peter 1:3-4. What are two things in these verses that are the result of the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Have you ever received and inheritance? What is this inheritance that the scripture is speaking of?