Some of the things Jesus says are hard to understand or even downright offensive–like when he says that we should eat his flesh and drink his blood. Jesus is not encouraging vampirism or cannibalism, of course, so what in the world is he talking about?
Sermon: The Last Enemy
Text: Isaiah 25:6-9; 1 Corinthians 15:12-26
Focus: Jesus saves us from death by the power of his resurrection.
Function: That they would believe in the resurrection of the Son of God.
Sermon: Don’t Cling to Me
Text: John 20:1-18
Focus Statement: Jesus rose from the dead to give us eternal life.
Function Statement: That they would not cling to the old ways of knowing God.
Sermon: “Lazarus, Come Out!”
Text: John 11:1-53
Focus: Jesus’ powerful Word raises the dead.
Function: That they would believe in Jesus and have eternal life.
Sermon: Choose Life!
Text: Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Focus: God gives life to those who believe and obey his Word.
Function: That they would reject America’s culture of death and use their voice as Christian citizens to vote against Colorado’s “right to death” ballot initiative.
Text: Luke 13:22-30
Focus: God desires all people to be saved, but only those who believe in Christ will be saved.
Function: That by God’s grace they would believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.
Structure: Paradox Maintained