THE CRUCIFORM LIFE: Power Through Weakness

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.”

2 Corinthians 4:7-12

Did It Happen? Does It Matter?

Easter Service 2018, Matthew 28:1-10

TEXT:

"Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.  3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.  5 But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.  7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you."  8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.  10 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."

- Matthew 28:1-10  

Following The Crucified Lord

Good Friday Service 2018, Luke 14:16-27, 33

TEXT: 

"But he said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.  17 And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.'  18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.'  19 And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.'  20 And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.'  21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.'  22 And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.'  23 And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.  24 For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'"  25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them,  26 "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.  27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.... 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. "

- Luke 14:16-27, 33