Our God Reigns! Easter Sunday Celebration

Do you know what’s really special about us here at CSBC?        NOTHING! Absolutely nothing!  If you are looking for a perfect church then you are going to be very disappointed with us.  At CSBC you’ll find real people, with real problems, who live real lives, and are all learning to love a real God whose grace is more than enough for all our needs.      You see, here at CSBC we don’t need to cling to our own “special-ness” or “goodness” because of the cross of Jesus Christ.  At His cross we find that we are really not so “good” after all.  In fact, we discover that we are unquestionably guilty and yet can be unconditionally forgiven.      At Jesus’ cross we learn that He does not want to condemn us in our sins but to save us from them.  At the cross we find that God receives us just where we are but He loves us enough not to leave us there.  God can and will change lives.  He is changing us and can change you as well.      So here at CSBC there are only people.  People like me.  People like you.  People like us.  People who desperately need God’s grace.  Everyone is welcome to come and receive that grace.  We invite you to join us on this life-changing journey.    Welcome Home to Chestnut Street Baptist Church!

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)?


Further Study

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." 

-Phillips Brooks


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