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Act II - The Rest of Your Story

the big idea:

If you thought Jesus’ death was the end of the story, you thought wrong. His perfect life, innocent death, and burial in a rich man’s tomb was just the start of his mission to save us from our sins. But Sunday came and Jesus’ intermission ended. His resurrection ripped back the curtain and gave us joy, hope, peace, forgiveness, and life with God. Jesus’ resurrection shows us that there is an Act II! So, if you are living in a “Good Friday” world, thinking your story is over, your life will never change, and you’ll never be good enough for God, you thought wrong. Easter is your Act II, too!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. (1 Peter 1:3-4).

the breakdown:

April 1: Jesus Is Alive!

Easter is the first day of the rest of your life!
Scriptures: Isaiah 25:6-9; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Mark 16:1-8
Sermon Text: Acts 26 (selected verses)

April 8: Transformed

Jesus gave a mission to his followers left on earth to share the good news with all creation and proclaim Jesus as King. In the same way, the Ascended Jesus is sending every member of his Church on a mission to transform lives through the message of his grace.
Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:12-22; John 20:19-31; Psalm 16
Sermon Text: Acts 1:1-11

April 15: Emboldened

Peter’s Act I was marked by a cowardly denial of Christ. But his Act II was filled with a courageous sermon that launched the church into the first century. How? The same way that scared, timid Christians find courage to boldly share the law and the gospel—by the Holy
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 2:12—3:6; Luke 24:36-49; Psalm 118
Sermon Text: Act 2:1-47

April 22: Steadfast

Stephen’s murder proves faithfulness leads to suffering. Yet, God was still at work in the suffering, bringing the gospel to new places, and fulfilling Acts 1:8 through Acts 8:1. In the same way, we don’t need to fear suffering and persecution, because we trust that Jesus’ name makes
great gains through our pains.
Scriptures: 1 Peter 5:1-4; John 10:11-18; Psalm 23
Sermon Text: Act 7:1-8:8 3

April 29: Qualified

“Christian-killer” doesn’t seem impressive on an apostle’s resume. Yet, that is who Jesus chose to grow his Church. Paul was an unlikely candidate to become a Christian, much less an apostle of Christ. In the same way, you might consider yourself under-qualified for the mission of Jesus’
Church, but God loves to be glorified through unexpected servants.
Scriptures: 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8; Psalm 67
Sermon Text: Acts 9:1-20

church, Franklin, WI, Act 2

Steadfast through Persecution

Act II – Staying Steadfast through Persecution Stephen’s murder proves faithfulness leads to suffering. Yet, God was still at work in the suffering, bringing the gospel to new places, and fulfilling Acts 1:8 through Acts 8:1. In the same way, we don’t need to fear suffering and persecution, because we trust that Jesus’ name makes…