St. Timothy Lutheran Church-NALC Goose Creek, SC
 
The Reality of the Resurrection

APRIL 4 - MAY 16
7 weeks
 
Did you know that there are over 2 billion Christians in the world today?
 
The Church didn’t grow to that size because we had a certain quota to meet, or a detailed plan, or even charts telling us how to do it. It grew because Jesus IS alive, He walks with His disciples daily, and He pours His Holy Spirit on them to empower them for service. It grew because Christians came to understand that the best day – the only day – that we are called to be faithful – to worship, pray, proclaim, and serve the living Lord – is this day, today.
 
That, dear friends, is the reality of the resurrection. It impacts every single “today” we have. So join us this Easter season as we unpack what it means for us (and the world) that Jesus is alive! 
 

April 4, 2021
ARE YOU READY?

Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 16;
1 Corinthians 15:1-11;
Mark 16:1-8

SUMMARY
This morning we read from the Gospel of St. Mark, and it is one of the more puzzling of the Gospel narratives. The women come to the tomb to prepare Jesus’ body, and they get there to find that the stone is rolled away and Jesus gone. “He is risen,” an angel tells them. And instead of going to share the Good News that Jesus is alive, Mark tells us that they fled from the tomb and said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. Perhaps they were thinking that, after all they had been through and all Jesus had gone through, things would finally go back to normal – that they wouldn’t be disciples anymore. But if Jesus is alive, then not only will their lives not get back to ‘normal’, they will never be normal again. So, how about you? Are you ready for your whole life to change – to be challenged, to be a disciple, to walk in Jesus’ footsteps forever?

April 11, 2021
JESUS MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Psalm 148
John 20:19-31

SUMMARY
Today we find the disciples gathered behind locked doors. They are fearful: Jesus was crucified, they saw what happened, and they are terribly afraid of the Jewish authorities and what these authorities may want to do to them. They have, in a way, lost their sense of purpose. But then Jesus appears among them, and their focus comes off the terrors awaiting them in the streets and onto Him. You see, Jesus makes all the difference when He is at the center of our lives and our churches. “Peace be with you,” He says to us, just as He said to them. And He sends them out into the world, but not before breathing on them and saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” So we know that this is not the end of the story for those disciples gathered together in fear in the upper room. Eventually they do go out in mission – guided by the Holy Spirit – and share the love of Jesus with the world. The fact that we have heard the Good News is proof of this!

April 18. 2021
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

1 John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36-49

SUMMARY
Scripture itself is so honest in describing the events of the first Easter day because it understands that those resurrection accounts we read about in the Gospels are just about unbelievable. And so that’s why there’s a sort of wobbling back and forth in all the resurrection accounts between joy and disbelief. The third Sunday of Easter is traditionally known as Jubilate Sunday (Jubilate is another word for JOY), and it is sort of the encore that we have for Easter. It reminds us that the more we move through the Easter season, the more joy we will see and the less doubt we will have about the reality of the resurrection. It’s a day that points us forward to that day when we will stand before our Lord, when our faith will become sight…and those cries of “I can’t believe it” become joyful proclamations of “Lord, I believe”.

April 25, 2021
FAITHFUL CHURCH MEMBERS-PART I

Psalm 23
John 10:11-18

SUMMARY
Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. It’s why we have the 23rd Psalm and Jesus saying those words, “I am the Good Shepherd.” But today I want us to consider another question: what does it mean to be good sheep? Or to put it another way: how do we go about being faithful members of Christ’s Church? According to Thom Ranier in his book, I Am A Church Member, there are several characteristics of faithful members/sheep: they work for unity, they remember that Church is not about our preferences or desires, and they pray for our Church leaders (among other things; more next week!). When we, as the people of God, begin to listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd, we are living as good sheep and wonderful things start to happen as we move forward together with our Shepherd.

May 2, 2021
FAITHFUL CHURCH MEMBERS-PART II

1 John 4:7-21
John 15:1-8

SUMMARY
In the first epistle of John, he writes, “We love because He (God) first loved us.” So how do we evidence this love in our daily lives? Love in the Bible is not an emotion – it’s not how you feel towards someone; it’s how you act towards someone. So, how do we evidence this in our lives? Well, we pick up where we left off last week in I Am A Church Member. We work for unity, we remember that Church isn’t about our desires, and we pray for our Church leaders – but we also lead our families to be healthy Church members, and we treasure Church membership as a gift. For you see, the secret to having a faithful, excited, missional, vibrant, and growing Church is not how much money we spend. It’s teaching our children, serving our neighbor, and living each day as if we were on a mission trip. Our primary mission field – those places we are called to share Christ’s love – is our homes, neighborhoods, schools, places of work, golf buddies, book club pals, anywhere you are where there are people who haven’t heard the Good News of Jesus.

May 9, 2021
WHOM WILL YOU SERVE?

Psalm 98
John 15:9-17   

SUMMARY
In the first epistle of John, he writes, “We love because He (God) first loved us.” So how do we evidence this love in our daily lives? Love in the Bible is not an emotion – it’s not how you feel towards someone; it’s how you act towards someone. So, how do we evidence this in our lives? Well, we pick up where we left off last week in I Am A Church Member. We work for unity, we remember that Church isn’t about our desires, and we pray for our Church leaders – but we also lead our families to be healthy Church members, and we treasure Church membership as a gift. For you see, the secret to having a faithful, excited, missional, vibrant, and growing Church is not how much money we spend. It’s teaching our children, serving our neighbor, and living each day as if we were on a mission trip. Our primary mission field – those places we are called to share Christ’s love – is our homes, neighborhoods, schools, places of work, golf buddies, book club pals, anywhere you are where there are people who haven’t heard the Good News of Jesus.

May 16, 2021
WITNESS TO THE WORLD

Acts 1:1-11   
Luke 24:44-53
SUMMARY
The most common answer to any question these days? “Google it.” Information is helpful, yes; but vision is what will change your life. For this reason, churches often talk a lot about mission and vision. Mission is what we are called to do, and the vision is what motivates us to fulfill the mission. Jesus says, “You will be My Witnesses.” He doesn’t say He’d like for us to be His witnesses, but that we ARE His witnesses. Our mission, therefore, is to witness to the love of Jesus to all the people of the world. We are all here because we have seen evidence of His grace and wonder in the world. So yes, you have a witness, and it is uniquely yours. No one else has your witness; no one else can give your witness for you. We may not have all the information or all of the answers, but we can tell others what we have seen God do in our lives and in the lives of others. The question is: what kind of witnesses will we be?


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