Occasionally people will ask, “Josh, what’s your favorite Sunday of the year to preach?”
Period. Hands-down. Not even close.
However, some may be surprised to know that my second favorite Sunday to preach is the Sunday after Easter.
And here’s why: resurrection isn’t a day to celebrate; it is a movement that was launched. Resurrection has legs. It was an event—a moment in history—but the question for the church must be, “What do resurrection-people do?” The church became a force; a movement. They didn’t sit on their hands, cross their fingers, and play it safe. Instead, the believed that a New Kingdom had been launched, and they dove in with all they had in order to live into the heart of this mission.
In 1 Corinthians 15:13-14, Paul says this, “If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain.”
Everything hinges on the resurrection. A new power was unleashed in the world. It’s a power to remake what has been broken, to heal physical and social diseases, and to restore whatever it is that has been lost.
In the words of Philip Yancey:
“What God did in a graveyard, God can repeat!
And, “What Easter does is this: If God could do that…what can’t God do?”
For the next 10-weeks we will be unpacking the power of the resurrection and what it means for every day life. Below I have given an outline so you can read ahead.
Wrestle with these passages. Let them mess with you. Pray through them. And don’t forget to invite friends and neighbors who are in need of a touch of God.
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April 3—Intro Sermon
Luke 24:36-53. Jesus Appeared, Commissioned, and Ascended.
The ascension of Jesus is more than you may think.
April 10—Resurrection in Acts (resurrection as the center of proclamation)
April 17—May 1 (For Paul, the resurrection is contextual. So, as we prepare for our 901 Offering to bless Memphis and the surrounding area, I want us to see how Paul talks about resurrection to specific contexts and cities).
April 17—Resurrection in Corinth (1 Corinthians 15)
April 24—Resurrection in Rome (Romans 8)
May 1—Resurrection in Philippi (Philippians 3)
May 8—Raised with Christ (Romans 6)
May 15-29 (These 3 weeks will speak into these 3 topics: What does the resurrection mean for: the church, the world, our allegiances?)
May 15—What does resurrection mean for the unity and mission of the church?
May 22—What does resurrection mean for the world?
May 29—What does resurrection mean for our allegiances?
June 5—Final sermon in the series.
Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016
by Justin Ardrey