Sermon: Christians Live Resurrection Hope
Theme: Christians anticipate that their faith will face difficult times.
Purpose: For the congregation to consider how they might practice their prayer, mediation, and learning so as to have strength for difficult times.
Scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Paul and the others did not come to deceive or “sell” the gospel but came to share what they had received themselves.
Luke 20:27-38 Sadducees question Jesus about the resurrection, but God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
What difference does the resurrection mean to our perspective and values for this life? How does God’s promise of resurrection cause us to see suffering and injustice differently? In what ways do we trust in God’s righteousness over and above the values of our earthly life? How do we become people who endure trials and hardships without being overwhelmed or discouraged? What do we know about God’s promises of justice and righteousness, and how does that affect our thinking about this life and the life to come?
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