Monthly Archives: April 2011

Easter Blessings: Remembering the Resurrection of our Savior!

The Lord blessed us with a wonderful worship service and time of fellowship as a congregation with a number of friends and relatives joining with us in remembrance of our Savior’s resurrection.

Pastor Don’s Bible message was a blessing:

Title: Back to the Resurrection

You’re Invited to Worship with us on Easter!

If you are visiting in the Dillon area or live here and looking for a church for Easter services please come worship the Risen Lord with us.

Our service begins at its normal time of 10:30 a.m. on Easter morning.  You can come early and enjoy the fellowship if you would like.

Blessing to you in Christ!

On the first Good Friday, Jesus said,

 “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

The Resurrection in First Century Sermons

After Christ’s resurrection and before His ascension He gave a clear commission to his followers, He said, “And ye shall be witnesses unto me . . .” The book of Acts is a record of how the disciples witnessed and testified to others about Jesus Christ.  The resurrection of Christ was central in their testimony and is a major point in the recorded sermons in the book of Acts.

Acts 1:22 “ . . . to be a witness with us of his resurrection.”

  • Sermon 1:  Peter – Day of Pentecost –  Acts 2: 14-40
  • Sermon 2:  Peter – Healing of the lame man – Acts 3:12-26
  • Sermon 3:  Peter – Before the Jewish rulers – Acts 4:8-12
  • Sermon 4:  Peter – Before the Jewish rulers – Acts 5:29-32
  • Sermon 5:  Steven – Before Saul and rulers – Acts 7:2-55
  • Sermon 6:  Peter – Cornelius’ house (Gentle) – Acts 10:34-43
  • Sermon 7:  Paul – Synagogue in Antioch – Acts 13:16-43
  • Sermon 8:  Paul – Synagogue in Thessalonica – Acts 17:1-4
  • Sermons 9:  Paul – Various places in Athens – Acts 17:16-18
  • Sermon 10: Paul – Mars’ Hill in Athens – Acts 17:22-32
  • Sermon 11: Paul – Defense before Felix – Acts 23:6, 24:14-21
  • Sermon 12: Paul – Defense before Agrippa – Acts 26

Proclaiming and Demonstrating Jesus’ Resurrection

The Gospel is not complete without proclaiming Jesus’ resurrection.

When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he gave a concise statement of the message which saves.  Some have called it “the Gospel in a nutshell.”

This is found in (1 Corinthians 15:1-4 ESV) “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, [2] and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. [3] For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, [4] that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…”

Jesus’ resurrection gives us the ability to believe in Him, to trust who He is and what He accomplished for us through His suffering death on the cross.  We must come to know Jesus rose again.  Knowing this, we turn from our sin and from trusting anything else, to trusting in Him alone as the one worthy to lay down His own life for our redemption.  And just as He rose from the grave, we are given new life after having been dead in our sins.  We are now learning to know God and to walk with Him.  Because of our Savior we have now escaped the judgment for our sin which Jesus called being “sentenced to hell” (Mt.23:33 ESV).  We have been given the gift of eternal life with our loving God.

Paul mentions the importance of fully believing the truth of the resurrection when he writes to the Romans: (Romans 10:8-11 ESV) “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); [9] because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. [10] For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. [11] For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

One could confess with the mouth, not believing, and it would mean nothing at all.  But one who believes also confesses with the mouth.  The phrase used in the first passage above, “if you hold fast,” is important to understand.  Holding fast, and even confessing, does not save us.  God saves us through the truth, and the resurrection is a vital, indispensable part of the truth.  We “hold fast” because we do truly believe and have been brought out of our sins to this new life.

We want to be sure we are proclaiming Jesus’ resurrection and demonstrating its truth with our lives!

We Believe in the Resurrection of Christ!

I.  New Testament Testimony:

The New Testament mentions the resurrection over 100 times. It documents at least 17 appearances of Christ after His Resurrection. The historian, Dr. Luke, summarizes these appearances at the beginning of the book of Acts in Chapter 1, verse 3: “To whom also he (Jesus Christ) shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

Jesus Christ appeared to:

1.      Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-17, cf. Mark 16:9-11),

2.      Various other Woman (Matthew 28:9-10),

3.      Cleopas and another disciple on road to Emmaus( Lk. 24:13-32),

4.      Peter (Luke 24:33-35, I Corinthians 15:5),

5.      Ten disciples, referred to collectively as “the eleven” as Thomas was absent (Mark 16:14; Luke 24:36-43; Jn. 20:19-24).

6.      To the eleven disciples a week after His resurrection
(Jn. 20:26-29),

7.      Seven disciples by the Sea of Galilee (John 21:1-23),

8.      Five hundred at one time (I Corinthians 15:6),

9.      James the Lord’s brother (I Corinthians 15:7),

10.  Eleven disciples on the mountain in Galilee (Matt. 28:16-20),

11.  His disciples at his ascension from the Mount of Olives
(Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:3-12),

12.  Steven prior to Steven’s martyrdom (Acts 7:55-56),

13.  Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3-6, 26:12-19),

14.  Paul in Arabia (Acts 20:24; Galatians 1:11-17),

15.  Paul in the Temple (Acts 22:17-21),

16.  Paul in prison (Acts 23:11),

17.  The Apostle John (Revelation 1:12-20).

 Confucius’ tomb        – occupied

Buddha’s tomb          – occupied

                    Mohammed’s tomb   – occupied

                              Jesus’ tomb               – empty

II.   New Testament observations that support Christ’s resurrection:

1.      Verification of Christ’s death (Matt. 27:50; John 19:30; Mark 15:37; Luke 23:46 cf. John 19:33-34), Christ had to be dead to be resurrected.

2.      The empty tomb (Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:3,6,12; John 20:2, 5-8),

3.      The testimony of angles (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:5-7),

4.      The reaction of the soldiers and the Jewish leaders
(Mathew 28:2-4, 11-15),

5.      The transformation of Jesus’ disciples and beginning of the N.T. Church (Luke 24:50-53; Mark 16:19-20, Acts 2),

6.      The expectation of Christ’s return (Acts 1:9-12).

III.    New Testament acknowledgement that the resurrection is the foundation of the Christian faith:

“And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.”  I Corinthians 15:17-20

IV.   Testimony from a non-biblical source: Antiquities

“Josephus, a Jewish historian, writing at the end of the first century A. D., has this fascinating passage in Antiquities, 18.3.3: ‘Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as received the truth with pleasure.  He drew over to him many Jews, and also many of the Greeks.  This man was the Christ.  And when Pilate had condemned him to the cross, upon his impeachment by the principal man among us, those who had loved from the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive on the third day, the divine prophets having spoken thus and thousands of other wonderful things about him. And even now, the race of Christians, so named from him, has not died out’” (Josh McDowell; Evidence that Demands a Verdict, pg. 187).

With Prayer, mark

Sunday Message April 17th – 2011

Today on Palm Sunday, Pastor Don preached from John 12 and various other passages about some common misconceptions, past and present, about Jesus Christ the King.  The Title of the message is, “Our King?”    In the message he explains the question mark.  We hope you will give it a listen and be blessed by the Word of God.

Title:  Our King?

Message on Sunday April 10, 2011

Today Pastor Don continued in his Bible Character series with a message entitled–Joshua: Winning our Battles! This message lays a strong historical foundation and gives practical help with a convicting application of how we can win the battles God allows  in our life with His help.

Blessing to you in Christ:

Title: Joshua: Winning our Battles