Easter isn’t just a day to remember but an experience to be lived. Join us for a six-week sermon series, The Rising. This series will take us from the weeks before the crucifixion (dark) to Easter (dawn) to the spread of the early church in the book of Acts (day). We will focus on the dark before the dawn so that we understand the gravity of our situation that led to the cross and our obligation to participate in God’s ongoing work.
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. | C.S. Lewis
We need to set the stage so that we can fully understand, celebrate and embrace the significance of the Resurrection of Christ. And we’re going to do that by following along with the Gospel of Luke as he traces some of the key events that led up to the crucifixion of Christ.
Hear Craig as he goes through how connected this incident is to the story of Zacchaeus that we looked at last week. Now, if the word parable is a new word to you, don’t let it throw you. A parable is just a story intended to communicate spiritual truth. The key to interpreting parables is to look for the intended lesson associated with each character/element.
Today we look into Luke as Jesus is asserting his authority with a boldness we haven’t seen up to this point. This whole thing is often called the Triumphal Entry because Jesus is acting like a king and his disciples are welcoming him as a king. Join us as we learn what came before the cross.
It’s only when we understand why he went to the cross that we really understand the resurrection. Because why Jesus went to the cross was so unbelievable that nothing less than the Resurrection would be sufficient to prove that he had accomplished what he set out to do.
Because Jesus is continuing to do his work through us. By the way, this is why we have kind of an audacious vision statement here at Mission Hills. Our vision statement here is “transforming lives, period.” Hear Craig take us through Acts 1 as we learn about what life looks like carrying Easter forward.
those Who Know
If we’re going to be effective witnesses for Jesus, we need to be Spirit-Filled, we also need to be Others-Oriented and then we must absolutely be Gospel-Centered.