WHAT COMES AFTER THE RESURRECTION?
Happy Easter! We’re so glad you joined us this morning to celebrate the day Jesus rose from the dead! That event changed history because it confirmed to the
world that all of us could gain eternal life. Nothing says, “You can live forever” like Jesus walking out of the grave!
We hope you will see the significance of this today. We also hope that you will gain that eternal life for yourself. This happens when we believe in the death,
burial and resurrection of Jesus and accept him as our Lord and Savior.
But merely accepting or believing this in our head is not enough, because even if our head gets it, our heart doesn’t always follow. Even if we want to accept
Jesus and follow him, our hearts often keep us living the way we always have. In our hearts most of us are self seeking, lustful, prideful, and just plain disobedient to God. It’s a heart problem,
and over the years our hearts have become calloused with this way of life in such a way that it is impossible for us to change. Fortunately, God has taken care of that problem as well!
In baptism we are given the Holy Spirit, which changes our hearts. That Spirit softens our hearts, breaks down the callouses and allows our hearts to begin
changing. Then that same Spirit dwells within us to help us make the changes needed to live that new life God has called us to.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about the Holy Spirit and most people don’t truly know what the Spirit is all about.
Beginning on May 4th we will begin a sermon series on the Holy Spirit. This seems very appropriate because on the day of Pentecost, 50 days after Jesus
resurrection, God poured his Spirit out on all believers.
We hope you will join us in this study and learn how the Holy Spirit is working on and in you.
Again, thank you for celebrating Jesus’ resurrection with us this morning.