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Sermons from April 2021

Sermons from April 2021

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Hope in Doubt

With advertising, scammers, and social media, we are forced to be skeptics. If we don’t second guess what people tell us, we run the risk of being taken advantage of. But all this doubt can leave us feeling hopeless as we wonder if we can believe anything we hear. Thomas felt the same way as you. He heard that Jesus was alive, but he didn’t want to believe it until he saw and touched Jesus. And then, when Jesus appeared…
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Hope in Grief

In the last year, we’ve all experienced grief. We’ve lost opportunities, experiences, and jobs. The way we connect with others isn’t ideal. Some of us have lost loved ones. Many of us have lost hope. On the first Easter, Mary Magdalene, her friends, and the disciples grieved over Jesus. They thought their hope of a Savior was dead with him in the tomb. But then… the tomb was empty. Jesus was alive! Even when you’re in the depths of despair,…
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Hope After Failure

We all make mistakes. Some of our failures are small and insignificant, solved with an apology or a quick fix. But for other mistakes, those ones that haunt our dreams and change the courses of our lives, we’re stuck with guilt and shame. This is the kind of mistake Peter made. After he denied Jesus three times, he feels like there’s nothing he can do about his failure in faith. But Jesus gives him hope, forgiving him and entrusting him…
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Jesus the Victor (Easter at Victory)

Jesus is the King who not only leads us into battle; he fights our battles for us and wins. An empty tomb means that our “defeats” are hallow wins for our enemy. An empty tomb means that our victory in Christ is sure even when there are setbacks along the way. The victory that you have been looking for is already yours in the resurrected and victorious King. And because of that, it’s time to celebrate! Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11,…
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Jesus the Savior (Good Friday)

Jesus is the suffering servant. On the day we now know as Good Friday, he willingly and humbly allowed himself not only to suffer, but also to be condemned in our place. And so, by his perfect life and innocent death, Jesus is the Savior of the world. His sacrifice is the reason you are reconciled to God. Sermon Text: Isaiah 53
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Jesus the Teacher (Maundy Thursday)

Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus is an expert teacher. He connects history with a new teaching “covenant,” making his lessons memorable for his followers and for us. His teaching is applicable and wise for salvation for all people. Jesus teaches us about himself and his work, which we are reminded of every time we take the Lord’s Supper. Sermon Text: Luke 22:19-20