God changed our access to Him

We turn our attention to the events that changed everything. Even a minimal amount of reflection reveals the reality that the events of Easter are significant beyond our comprehension. The Truth of the matter is that these events changed the world. On the surface it looks like a common criminal who may or may not have deserved it being put to death, but a little investigation reveals a clear plan and purpose from a higher authority and power. Jesus’ resurrection proves He was not a common criminal but God in human flesh. God entered into the world in its current hopeless state and changed the trajectory of all humanity by being the answer when there was not another. Moving towards Easter, we will look at a few of the major things Jesus Christ changed through His death and resurrection. The final change we will study is the most important. At the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ we have gained full access to the Father through Him. The curtain of the Temple tearing from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51) is an event filled with meaning for even us today. No longer are we dependent upon another human being to meet with our Creator. Through the blood of Jesus God has made Himself available to anybody at any time. I pray we all would reflect on this indescribable blessing and take full advantage of it today and every day to come.  -Pastor Andrew

God changed our status to equal before Him

We turn our attention to the events that changed everything. Even a minimal amount of reflection reveals the reality that the events of Easter are significant beyond our comprehension. The Truth of the matter is that these events changed the world. On the surface it looks like a common criminal who may or may not have deserved it being put to death, but a little investigation reveals a clear plan and purpose from a higher authority and power. Jesus’ resurrection proves He was not a common criminal but God in human flesh. God entered into the world in its current hopeless state and changed the trajectory of all humanity by being the answer when there was not another. Moving towards Easter, we will look at a few of the major things Jesus Christ changed through His death and resurrection. The second of these changes, He has finalized an equal standing before God for all. Matthew 27:55 says there were also many women there and most likely due to cultural norms they were “looking on from a distance” yet these same women had followed Jesus and were an active part of his ministry from Galilee to now. Jesus saw no boundaries in human beings and his death and resurrection purchased the remedy for every human being’s greatest problem.  - Pastor Andrew

God changed death to life

We turn our attention to the events that changed everything. Even a minimal amount of reflection reveals the reality that the events of Easter are significant beyond our comprehension. The Truth of the matter is that these events changed the world. On the surface it looks like a common criminal who may or may not have deserved it being put to death, but a little investigation reveals a clear plan and purpose from a higher authority and power. Jesus’ resurrection proves He was not a common criminal but God in human flesh. God entered into the world in its current hopeless state and changed the trajectory of all humanity by being the answer when there was not another. Moving towards Easter, we will look at a few of the major things Jesus Christ changed through His death and resurrection. The first of these changes, He has transformed death into life. The amazing details in Matthew 27:52-53 can sometimes be overlooked but the point of these details being a part of the story is that the death and resurrection of Christ carries with it huge implications of the hope of life for all who are dead. The source of this life is in God the one who, as Matthew states earlier (Matthew 10:28), has the power to give life to our soul which is much better than our physical body alone.  -Pastor Andrew


The Helper

One final Sermon on living our faith out through love provides an opportunity to preach in the person of the Holy Spirit for it is only through the Holy Spirit of God any disciple has the ability to practice genuine faith through genuine love. Both incorrect teaching about the Holy Spirit and complete omission of teaching about the Holy Spirit are serious mistakes with substantial consequences. Paul says we cannot know the mind and thoughts of God without God’s Spirit inside of us (1 Corinthians 2:11) and I would say the same consequence would be present upon believing and teaching things that are contrary to who the Holy Spirit is according to Scripture. Thus, the ability to understand correctly and abide in the Holy Spirit’s work is essential for any believer who desires to follow God and obey his commandments. If it is truly your desire to move from religious ritual into an active faith energized by love, the Holy Spirit of God must be involved and called upon to help. We must know Him, understand His leading, and be filled by Him throughout our entire day. As we learn about the Holy Spirit I pray the Son would be lifted up and the Father would be exalted in this church.  -Pastor Andrew

Faith energized by love is all that matters

The energy by which we put our faith into practice is love. Just like Jeremiah prophesied many years before God is not worshiped and glorified by our mere adherence to ceremonies and practices of the law. He is worshiped and glorified through the transformation of our hearts through faith in Jesus Christ. This transformation will always result in a life lived in obedience to the Father and acts of love towards Him and others. This was the commandment God gave His people when He called them out of Egypt before all the law was written and it has always been the goal of God for our lives as disciples of Him. To miss this point can confuse us and leave us frustrated like the older brother in Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son. If love is the energy by which we do everything else then it would make sense that Jesus would teach us the greatest commandments are to love God with all we are and love others as ourselves. Our task as a disciple of Christ is to grow in these two commandments and putting them into effect in the world around us, not the legalistic practice of religious rituals. I pray the Holy Spirit will give us the wisdom to know the difference and to humbly repent where necessary. -Pastor Andrew