Worship Preparation: April 17, 2022

Sunday, April 17, 2022
Read the sermon text: John 20:19-23
Read the sermon summary: There are three words which have the power to change the whole world. No, not “I love you,” but “Jesus is risen.” These words, however, don’t simply have the power to change the world. The truth of Jesus’s resurrection changes the world. It changes everything. Do we live as if the resurrection of Jesus is true? In our passage for this Sunday, Jesus reveals himself to his disciples for the first time after his resurrection and it changes them. Jesus turns their fear into faith. He finds them huddled in a house and sends them out as courageous witnesses. In preparation for the sermon, consider the following questions: What is significant about the placement of the sentence, “Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord,” in verse 20? What do you make of Jesus breathing on the disciples and saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit?” What would change in your life if you always lived in light of the resurrection of Jesus?
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
Jesus Is Alive
There is now a hope that lasts beyond our days
For the One that once was buried lives again
Now the tomb is bare and empty
And the stone is rolled away
Praise the risen One who overcame the grave

All you brokenhearted all you worn and weak
Come find living water everlasting streams
To the wandering spirit
Lost and searching wanting something more
Find the risen King who overcomes the world
Let there be dancing in the darkness
And let our song break through the night
Lift your voice and sing that Christ is King
For Jesus is alive
No more condemnation no more doubt and fear
For our sin and shame they have no power here
In His resurrection
Perfect love has set the captives free
Praise the risen King who stands in victory
Hallelujah death is undone
Hallelujah Jesus has won
Hallelujah we overcome
Oh in Jesus oh in Jesus

Lift your voice and sing that Christ is King
For Jesus is alive
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
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