Easter

A Season of Resurrection
April 1 – May 20, 2018

Easter is more than just one holy day; it’s a new way of life! Join us for this season of Eastertide as we explore what it means to follow Jesus by practicing resurrection in our whole lives.

Message line-up:

4/1
Rise Up!
Judy Howard Peterson
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What would it look like for the dead things in your life to sit up, put their feet on the floor, test out their new legs and then walk out of the tomb and back into life? I believe in the resurrection of the body and I believe that God’s deepest desire is for us to rise up from our graves and live a resurrected life.

(John 20:1–18)
4/8
Declaring the Life That Was Revealed
Pastor Scott Austin
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The early Christians embodied the joy of living in unity, being of one heart and soul, and declaring the revelation of life found in Jesus. We follow the lead of the early church today, baptizing people into the faith of the same Church Jesus founded!

(Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31)
4/15
God’s Children Now
Pastor Scott Austin
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John writes, “Beloved, we are God’s children now”, which indicates a change of identity from what was in the past for those who have repented. But what of our future?

(Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36-48)
4/22
Living the Love of Jesus
Pastor Scott Austin
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Love, love, love. Time and again, Christians are commanded by Jesus to love. And his definition of love could not be easier to understand—or more difficult to put into practice.

(Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18)
4/29
Loving Our Phobias
Pastor Scott Austin
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Perfect love casts out fear. It’s a beautiful sentiment, but unfortunately the opposite can be true: fear can cast out love. What (or who?) are we afraid of? How can we conquer these fears and love in the way of Jesus?

(Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8)
5/6
Here I Am
Kristin Throckmorton
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A special guest message about exploring how to abide in God’s love as we say “Here I am” to the unknown adventures and beginnings God is calling us into.

5/13
Who Owns You?
Pastor Scott Austin
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In the midst of a prayer for the unity of his disciples, Jesus speaks about where the disciples belong, and who they belong to. Before we can consider where to serve God, we have to ask ourselves if we truly belong to God.

(John 17:6–19)
5/20
Pentecost Reflections
Pastor Scott Austin
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Pondering Pentecost as the “birthday” of the Church, and how we mark time in our own community.

(Acts 2:1-21; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 104:24-35; Romans 8:22-27)

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