Do you have hope?
This Sunday we'll continue our study of "ACTS: The Church Alive" in Acts 23. The Apostle Paul stands trial before the Sanhedrin and throws the proceedings into turmoil when he says, "I stand on trail because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead." (Acts 23:6b) Like Paul we are "People of the Resurrection Hope." As Christians, we believe that when our time on this earth is done Jesus will raise us to eternal life with God in heaven. What a wonderful hope that is!
This Sunday my sermon will be about the resurrection hope that we anticipate. In America today there are many ideas about the afterlife. Some people don't believe in eternal life. They believe human beings exist as a result of thousands of random evolutionary changes, there is no God and there is no afterlife. Other people are very concerned about eternal life and how to receive it. They think they'll go to heaven if they live a good life. They think their loved ones are looking down on them from heaven. How does the Christian's resurrection hope differ from these ideas?
Many people are fearful that at the end of life they'll be judged by God. They're aware of their sins and fear God will be angry with them. They don't understand the concept of forgiveness and the all-sufficient grace of Jesus Christ. I'll talk about what we can do to stand before the judgment seat of God with a good conscience. We want to be confident that when we meet Jesus (God) at the end of life that we will hear him says those words, "Well done, good and faithful servant! Come and share your master's happiness." (Matthew 25:23)
If you want to know how you can be among the "People of the Resurrection Hope," come and worship with us this Sunday. On our website you'll find information about our church and directions to our campus. We have traditional worship at 9:00 a.m. and contemporary worship at 10:45 a.m. We would love to share with you the confidence we have in the resurrection and eternal life.