Worship Preparation: March 1, 2020

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Read the sermon text: John 20:19-23
 
Read the sermon summary: In this passage, Jesus reveals himself to his disciples for the first time. Notice that the author specifies three of these such appearances… the first in this passage, the second in 20:24-29, and the third in 21:1-14, concluding in verse 21:14 with the words, “This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.” In this passage, the author emphasizes the words of Jesus and him showing the disciples his wounded hands and his side. Jesus declares to the disciple the peace he had accomplished for them and sends them out as his representatives with his authority and empowered by his Spirit. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: What do you think is the significance of Jesus showing his disciples his hands and side immediately after saying to them, “Peace be with you”? What do you make of Jesus breathing on the disciples and saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit”? What is the significance of Jesus’s words to the disciples in verse 23? Do you think that means we have the ultimate power to forgive sins or not forgive them? Why or why not?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
Jesus Paid It All (Christ I Owe)
I hear the Savior say
Thy strength indeed is small
Child of weakness watch and pray
Find in Me thine all in all
 
Chorus
Jesus paid it all
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow
 
Lord now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone
Can change the leper's spots
And melt the heart of stone
 
For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim
I'll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calvary's Lamb
 
And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete
Jesus died my soul to save
My lips shall still repeat
 
CCLI Song # 22331
Elvina Mabel Hall | John Thomas Grape
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch

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