SERMON: Resurrection and Mission

Resurrection and Mission from Spiritual (Re)Formation on Vimeo.

Part 3 in our Series "What Difference does the Resurrection Make?"

Here we examine how the reality of the resurrection of Jesus shapes the mission of the church. We will see that ultimately the resurrection shows us that God wants to redeem and reconcile us to Himself in every area of our lives.

SERMON: Resurrection and Death

This is the sermon I preached last week at the Central Church of Christ where I serve as the preaching minister. It was the second in a series (the first was not recorded) about the resurrection and how it changes our view. The first week was about resurrection and suffering. This sermon covered resurrection and death with two primary theses:

(1) Resurrection changes the way we experience death.

(2) Resurrection changes the way we think about causing death.

I hope you will listen, engage, and interact with what I think are some really important (and controversial) implications of the resurrection for the way we think about death.

This next Sunday we will continue the series by looking at Resurrection and Mission and finally on Easter we will look at Resurrection and Salvation.

If I can get all the kinks worked out I will begin to post sermons here in video format very soon.

N. T. Wright on the Point of the Resurrection in Luke

"The resurrection isn't just a surprise happy ending for one person, it is instead the turning point for everything else. It is the point at which all the old promises come true at last: the promises of David's unshakable kingdom; the promises of Israel's return from the greatest exile of them all; and behind that again, quite explicit in Matthew, Luke, and John, the promise that all nations will be blessed through the seed of Abraham. ... But if Jesus has been raised, then this is how the Old Testament has to be read: as a story of suffering and vindication, of exile and restoration, a narrative that reaches its climax not in Israel becoming a top nation and beating the rest of the world at its own game but in the suffering and vindication, the exile and restoration, of the Messiah -- not for himself alone but because he is carrying the saving promises of God. ... If Jesus is raised, Luke is saying, he really was and is the Messiah; but if he's the Messiah, he is God's messenger, God's promise-bearer, carrying the promises made to Abraham, Moses, David and the prophets -- promises not only for Israel but also for the whole world. ... For Luke, the point of the resurrection is that the long story of Israel, the great overarching Scriptural narrative, has reached its goal and climax and must now give birth, as it always intended, to the worldwide mission in which the nations are summoned to turn form their idolatry and find forgiveness of sins." (Surprised By Hope, 236-238.)