Is your worship like the day people were celebrating Jesus entry into Jerusalem? Or is it feel more like the birthday of someone who’s 82?
In this sermon drawn from Hebrews 2:1-13 and Psalm 8, Pastor Hinkle begins and ends with the glory of Christ and his rule over all things, but shows how and why he had to suffer first.
In this sermon on Mark 9:38-50, Pastor Hinkle provides an overview of the lesson, but focuses on the most difficult part where Jesus says it would be better to cut off our hands and feet than to continue in sin and better to have a millstone fastened around our neck and be cast into the sea than to lead a child into sin. Pastor Hinkle explains that we need to take sin very seriously and avoid it, but that it is God who does the surgery when he buries us with Christ and raises us to new life through baptism.
The later part of John’s Gospel recounts two times that Jesus came to his disciple and showed them that he lived and had risen from the dead. As Thomas and the others believed, they received eternal life from their God and Lord. These things were written down and preached throughout the world so that you would also believe that Jesus is the living Christ, the Savior of the world, and receive eternal life by faith in him.
Fear, uncertainty, and doubt predominate in the Easter accounts, yet the good news of Jesus’ resurrection cannot be stopped.