LIVING IN-BETWEEN
April 1 - May 13, 2018
7-week sermon series
 
 
The season of Easter is an in-between season.  The reality of Easter is upon us, and “It is finished…” has taken on a whole new meaning.  Pentecost is approaching, and the Holy Spirit’s manifestation is about to occur.  For a while, the disciples live in this in-between time where they are commanded to abide in Christ and love one another.  In many ways, today’s followers of Jesus live in an in-between time.  Martin Luther reminds us that we live with one foot in the broken world of sinfulness and the other foot firmly grounded in eternal salvation through Christ.  In these weeks, we look at seven different, yet connected ways we walk by faith in our daily lives.

April 1, 2018  - Easter Sunday
AN AWESOME DAY

Acts 10:34-43;  1 Corinthians 15:1-11;
John 20:11-18

SUMMARY
Awe – an overwhelming sense of reverence and respect.  Today we gather in joyous awe as we realize that Easter is about us.  We allow ourselves to go into sensory overload as the amazing, incredible reality of OUR Easter story takes hold, for as much as we celebrate the one-time-for-all-forever reality of Jesus’ resurrection, we are overwhelmed by the reality that this ultimate outpouring of love to and for us continues to this very day.  Amazing!  Awesome!

April 8, 2018
A NEW BEGINNING
Acts 4:32-35;  1 John 1:1-2:2;  John 20:19-31

SUMMARY
Peanut Butter and Jelly.  They’re just supposed to be together!  Together, they seem to be greater than just the sum of the parts.  Holy Joy, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, are like that too.  Each is amazing, and together – Wow!  Jesus teaches us that He can and does bring these two incredible gifts together for His disciples – then and now.

April 15, 2018
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Acts 3:12-19;  1 John 3:1-7;  Luke 24:36b-48

SUMMARY
Easter is also about the amazing invitation Jesus extends to us to be in a Holy, intimate, discipling relationship with Him forever.  What gets in the way of this?  In a word, SIN.  Sin is, among many other things, the lie that… “Jesus has done it all, so there is nothing for us to do.”  While it is most certainly true that we cannot do what only Jesus could, we most certainly can and should respond out of gratitude and devotion. Sin is the ultimate Elephant in the Room.  Confession, repentance and absolution are the answer – not avoidance.

April 22, 2018
I JUST WANT TO BE A WHAT?

Acts 4:5-12;   Psalm 23;   1 John 3:11-24;  
John 10:11-18

SUMMARY
It’s a rather sheepish analogy, yet we make it all the time.  Today we explore the characteristics of those fluffy, furry animals that we know so little about yet proclaim we just want to be like?  Do we?  What’s stopping us?

April 29, 2018
A RATHER SAPPY STORY

Acts 8:26-40;  1 John 4:7-21;  John 15:1-8

SUMMARY
The very essence of life flows between vines and branches.  It is that life force that allows branches to live and produce the fruit they were designed and created to produce.  Outside of that connection, the branch is worthless.  For us as Christians, part of that life force that flows from our vine – Christ – is Holy Love which is His very essence.  Today we look at how loving others is the very extension of God’s work begun in us.

May 6, 2018
IT'S REALLY SIMPLE

Acts 10:44-48;  1 John 5:1-6;  John 15:9-17

SUMMARY
Simple does not mean easy any more than complex necessarily means hard.  Jesus continues to teach of the necessity to love one another, and Him.  We are told clearly that loving Him means keeping His commandments – not as a requirement for salvation, but as an expression of our responsive love for Him.  Today we look at how that simple directive gets so complicated for us, and how we might make choices that better please God.

May 13, 2018
WHEN PLAN B IS REALLY PLAN A

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26;  Romans 8:22-30; 
John 15:19 -16:15


SUMMARY
What happens when life does not unfold in the way we have planned or expected?  Certainly the first disciples were asking that question.  We see, in today’s lesson, that God’s plan is continuing to unfold, and does not depend on human expectations.  Like those first followers, we have the privilege of being a part of God’s unfolding Divine plan.  Since it does not depend on our plans or expectations, we explore today how we might be faithfully obedient to His plan for our lives.


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