Our God Reigns! Easter Sunday Celebration
April 20, 2014 · The Big Story:
Our God Reigns! by Pastor Adam Kohlstrom
Isa. 52:7; Mark 1:14-15; Rom. 10:14-15; Col. 1:13-20; 2:9-15
Every Big Story (religion, philosophy, or worldview) recognizes that somehow this world is just not the way it is supposed to be. Most stories offer “good advice” – a way to be saved from, or save, the world. However Christianity offers the “good news” (gospel) that “Your God reigns” (Isa. 52:7- 10; Rom. 10:14-15; cf. Mark 1:14-15; Matt. 4:23, 9:35, 24:14). Why might the arrival, victory, and reign of the true King be good news for a world oppressed and in rebellion (Lk. 4:5-6; 2Co. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; Col. 2:15; Heb. 2:14; 1Jn. 3:8)?
The resurrection announces that through Jesus Christ, God is making all things new (cf. Rom. 6:4; 2Cor. 5:17; Col. 1:20; Rev. 21:5). What hope does this offer a fallen, rebellious, and oppressed humanity? What hope does this offer a broken creation? What hope does this give you?
If the good news is the arrival of a kingdom that will never end and the renewal of the world, practically how do you think we should live that: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10)?
How do each of these passages explain the significance of the empty tomb: John 14:19; 16:5-7; Acts 17:31 Romans 1:4; 4:25; 6:4; 14:8-9; 1 Corinthians 15:17-19; Philippians 2:8-9; 3:20-21; Hebrews 12:14-15 What do each of these passages explain what Jesus’ resurrection accomplished: Romans 5:10; 6:1-14; 8:11; 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:12-22; Ephesians 1:18-21; Philippians 3:10-11?
Easter Sunrise Service, 6:00 a.m. Top of Mount Battie, Camden Hills State Park
Coffee & Sunday School 9:30 a.m. | Easter Morning Worship Service – 10:45 a.m.
“Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in His resurrection. Let him say not merely, Christ is risen, but I too shall rise."
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