Worship Preparation: April 16, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Read the sermon text: Acts 2:22-41

Read the sermon summary: In this passage Peter turns his attention to the “men of Israel” and preaches the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. In verse 24 he says, “God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” Why was it not possible for death to hold Jesus in the grave? First, because of who Jesus is. He is the author of life who cannot be ultimately defeated by death. But second, notice that Peter connects death’s impotence over Jesus to the oath which God swore to David “that he would set one of his descendants on his throne.” In other words, it was impossible for death to hold Jesus because he is the incorruptible Holy One, the Messiah, of whom David prophesied in Psalm 16. The implications of the resurrection are staggering. Consider three implications from Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and how they apply to us. Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can be sure that 1) Jesus is who he said he was, 2) God is and will be faithful to all his promises, and 3) Jesus is still active in the world today by means of Word and Spirit.

Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:

Low In The Grave He Lay (Christ Arose)
Low in the grave He lay Jesus my Saviour
Waiting the coming day Jesus my Lord

Up from the grave He arose
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes
He arose a victor from the dark domain
And He lives forever with His saints to reign
He arose He arose
Hallelujah Christ arose

Vainly they watch His bed Jesus my Saviour
Vainly they seal the dead Jesus my Lord

Death cannot keep his prey Jesus my Saviour
He tore the bars away Jesus my Lord

CCLI Song # 27783
Robert Lowry
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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CCLI License # 11078052

Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Congregation


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