Jesus Is Still Raising The Dead

Pastor Jon Kelly brings a message this week titled, “Jesus Is Still Raising The Dead” from 1 Thessalonians 5:15-17.

1 Thessalonians 5:15-17 (ESV)

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing…

We need to periodically check our spiritual vital signs.

4 key vital signs of the true believer:

  • Hearts of Purity
  • Faithfully Loving
  • Joyfully in God’s Presence
  • Praying Constantly

Parent Connection Questions:

  • How can you tell if you’re getting sick?
  • How do you know when your relationship with your parents is going well?
  • What about your relationship with God?
  • Name three things you can do this week to make sure your walk with God is healthy.

Raised as Our Hope

Pastor Jay again pauses his “Guard Your Heart” series this week with an Easter message titled “Raised as Our Hope,” from Romans 7:4-6, 8:8-13; 33-34.

Romans 7:4-6 (ESV)

Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.

Romans 8:8-13 (ESV)

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Romans 8:33-34 (ESV)

Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ cements every hope of the Christian life.

  • Christ’s resurrection cements our hopes for bearing fruit for God.
  • Christ’s resurrection cements our hope for eternal life.
  • Christ’s resurrection cements our hope for assurance.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Have you ever been promised something only to have it fall through? How did it make you feel?
  • Can God ever break a promise?
  • Which promise does God show us through Christ rising from the dead?
  • Make a note to thank God for his promises each day this week!

Ten Points of Surrender

Pastor Jay pauses his “Guard Your Heart” series this week with a sermon titled “Ten Points of Surrender,” from Romans 10:1-11.

Romans 10:1-11 (ESV)

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says,  “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Our problem is, we want to get to heaven on our terms.
Surrender to the savior king. 

  • Our problem is want to have our actions considered righteous.
  • Our problem is, we don’t want to submit.
  • Our problem is, our way doesn’t work.
  • Our problem is, we want to make it complicated
  • God’s solution is not a matter of our effort.
  • God’s solution is to accept Christ as Lord.
  • God’s solution is to trust Christ as savior.
  • God’s solution is the utter removal of our shame!
  • Surrender now with honor.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Have you ever been convinced you were doing something the right way and realized you weren’t?
  • Have you convinced yourself to keep doing it the wrong way anyway?
  • How does Jesus dying on the cross show us there’s only one way?
  • How can you remind yourself this week that God’s way is always best?

The Self-deceived Heart

Pastor Jay continues his “Guard Your Heart” series this week with a sermon titled “The Self-deceived Heart,” from Proverbs 21:2 and Psalm 51:6.

Proverbs 21:2 (ESV)

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.

Psalm 51:6 (ESV)

Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

We need to see our weak spots. 

  • The deceived heart is deceived by its nature.
  • The deceived heart is deceived by lip-service religion.
  • The deceived heart is deceived by pride.
  • The deceived heart is deceived by idolatry.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Have you ever thought you were really good at something until you tried it?
  • Have you ever argued about something then find out you were wrong?
  • Can we think we’re obeying God, but be doing it for the wrong reasons?
  • What’s one way to make sure we’re following Christ for the right reasons?