Sermons from March 2013

Jesus Conquered Death on the Cross

How did Jesus conquer death? When did He do it? We might think that He conquered death by His resurrection or at His resurrection. But, if it was by His resurrection, or at His resurrection that He conquered death, we might think that He conquered it for Himself. But the resurrection tells us something better. It proves that it was not for Himself but for us that Jesus died and rose again. Death was our problem, not His. But, because Jesus loved us, He made death His problem in order to conquer it by enduring it in our place. If He wasn’t dying in our place, He wouldn’t have died at all. He was without sin. We were Christ’s enemies, and death was our enemy. Yet, because Jesus loved us, He made death His enemy and conquered it at the cross! The resurrection points us to the cross, where Jesus conquered death by dying FOR US!!!

The Cross and the Commandment

Maundy Thursday is when some Christians remember the event of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet and commanding them to love one another just as He loved them. In John 13 we see that the event of the footwashing is a picture of the cross and that our love for one another is to be shaped and empowered by Jesus’ love for us revealed at the cross.

Anatomy and Physiology of the Body of Christ

The church is the body of Christ, and in this part of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he describes the anatomy and physiology, the parts and process, of the body of Christ. He tells us that because of Christ’s redeeming work, we who were former enemies of His have become the parts of His body. We are gifts to one another, and we need each other. We have a place. We also have a purpose. We are called to receive and communicate Christ’s love to one another speaking the truth in love. Christ’s love is the lifeblood of the body, and this communication of love through speaking gifts and showing gifts is the process by which the body as a whole grows and matures in love.

Life in the Family

The lives we live in God’s family are to be shaped and empowered by our story of adoption in Christ. Your are urged to live in a way that is fitting or appropriate to your calling, and your calling is not something for you to do but what God did in saving you. It’s not an imperative but an indicative. We are to live in a way that is not only fitting to the story of our salvation in Christ but empowered by that same story as well.