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The Resurrection Difference (11 of 15)
Series: Back to the Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
March 23, 2008
We are not here to pray over a corpse but to praise the risen savior; for Jesus is alive! That's what all the commotion is about on this Easter Sunday morning! That Jesus was born of virgin .. He lived a sinless life ... He died a substitute death and then "God raised Him from the dead."
And having been raised from the dead ..He gave birth to His church .. the ekklesia .. the called out ones who have now been called to fill our world with the gospel offering hope to the hopeless ... forgiveness to the guilty ... joy to the joyless and peace to those who have no peace.
Now take God's word and join me on this Easter Sunday morning to the book of Acts where we discover what it means to get back to the basics of being a Christian and being the Church. As you're turning to chapter 5 ... let me quickly get us all brought up to date:
Chapter 1 is the PREPARATION chapter. They had prayed themselves into one accord and were waiting for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to come upon them as Jesus said would happen.
Chapter 2 is the POWER chapter. We read here that the followers of Jesus were filled with the presence and power Holy Spirit.
Chapter 3 is the PRAISE chapter. Peter and John saw a crippled man healed and saved and then joined them in worship that day to praise the God that had touched. Him. Hey folks .. you don't have to beg, plead and prod people to worship whose lives have been transformed by God. You'll WANT to worship. You'll WANT to be with God's people. You'll WANT to praise the God that saved you.
Chapter 4 is the PERSECUTION chapter. The heat was turned up on Peter and John because of the healing of that crippled in the name of Jesus. And guess where the heat came from? The religious crowd!
In fact .. they were told not to ever again mention the name of Jesus. And what did they do? They got together w ...
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