Easter Sunday | 03.27.16

  • what is the purpose of the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
    • to prove that Jesus is the Son of God
  • the reason why we go through spiritual rollercoasters is because we have an understanding of the crucifixion but not the resurrection
  • the crucifixion and the cross is only the beginning of our faith
  • we look no further than the cross -> we struggle in our faith
  • after the disciples witnessed the resurrection, they went out and transformed the world

Romans 6:1-14

#1 purpose of crucifixion

  • in Romans 6, he is explaining the purpose of the crucifixion and the resurrection (empty tomb)
  • salvation does not come with the crucifixion alone, it also comes with resurrection
  • we are not longer slaves to sin
  • one of the purposes was to put sin (its power) to death
  • the power of sin shapes the kind of person we become

#2 purpose of the resurrection

  • what David did on the field for the Israelites is comparable to what Jesus did on the cross for all of God’s people (He is our representative)
  • we must consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (which is why we cannot continue to sin despite being forgiven)
  • God set the Israelites free so that they may worship God
  • as long as we are under the power of sin, we are unable to worship God (this is what God is most concerned with)
  • our lives are the salt preserving this decaying would as the instruments of righteousness
  • Am I living my new life in God, for God?

03.06.16

Romans 6:6-11

  • Jesus, through his death, removed the power of sin

#1 Power of Sin

#2 Putting of Sin to Death

#3 Slavery to Freedom

  • the power of sin is doing things you don’t want to do, and not doing things we want to do
  • desire to live a righteous life but lack the ability
  • we are enslaved to sin –> we were born into it
  • sin is our slave master
  • the slave master is always demanding your servitude, but is never satisfied
  • slave master robs you of your happiness
  • slave master (Sin) pulls you further and further away from God
  • every single one of us have different combinations of slave masters
  • cancer cells die with the death of the cancer patient
  • sin dies with the sinner it has been enslaving
  • Jesus took all the slave masters and drowned them to death in his own body on the cross
  • parallel to God drowning the slave masters chasing after the Israelites into the Red Sea
  • sometimes we are set free, but out of our desire, we return to our slave master
  • union with Christ: what Jesus Christ did on the cross, we reap the benefits of too (because we are in a union with him)
    • just like whatever money our parents make, we reap the benefits of

08.16.15 BODY OF CHRIST

Romans 12:4-8

“Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church…” [outside quote]

  • if your wife says something stupid, rather than criticizing her on the spot, defender her and protect her –> in the same way, even if the Church embarrasses us or hurts us, we should still love it
  • Marry the church; don’t date the church
  • Someone who dates has a consumer mentality, can bounce around and be critical
  • The Church is not only the bride of Christ, but also the body of Christ

#1 We are all different

#2 We are one

#3 We are all uniquely gifted

  • If a body is made up of all the same members, is it really a body?
  • we are members of one another (you are not a member of an institution, but you are a member of the people)
  • think of Joshua Generation as a group of charter buses that can only move if all of us push