Sermon: Revived When Hope is Lost.
Theme: God restores our strength if we will wait upon Jesus’ love and compassion for us.
Purpose: We will draw strength from listening to God’s direction and presence.
Scriptures: Ezekiel 37:1-14 The valley of dry bones, Ezekiel’s promise that God will raise again those who were in despair.
John 11:1-45 The raising of Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha, from the dead.
In what ways does our faith and relationship with God need to be “raised from the dead?” How is it we have given up expectation that God can do something different in our lives? What is necessary so that we can be people who see Jesus’ deep love and care for us even though circumstances are not going as we would hope? How do we live faithfully when we do not see how God’s promises might be fulfilled? What is our role in being the ones to whom Jesus is coming to do a miracle? How do we live as people who expect God to act rather than to be overwhelmed by our fears and despair?