The Scripture lessons for April 23 were Acts 5:29-42; 1 Peter 1:3-9 and John 20:19-31. Pastor Roskowic focused his message on the lesson from Acts around the theme of an “Unstoppable Jesus. “
Pastor Roskowic talked about how Gamaliel served as a voice of wisdom and of reason. Members of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling council, were wanting to put a stop to the Apostles’ message of a crucified and RISEN Christ in the person of Jesus. Gamaliel cautioned the Sanhedrin against doing so, stating that if Jesus and the Apostles’ message regarding Jesus were of God nothing would be able to stop it. What is more, if Jesus and the Apostles’ message were of God, the Sanhedrin in opposing Jesus would find themselves actually fighting God – not a very smart thing to do. Gamaliel also pointed out that if Jesus and the Apostles’ message were not of God, the whole issue would die on its own, so there was no need to get so worked up. Continue reading “Sermon Reflection | April 23, 2017”
He is risen. He is risen indeed!
The Scripture lessons for April 16 were Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, and Matthew 28:1-10. Pastor Krause focused his message on the Gospel lesson. He began his message having us imagine what Jesus’ disciples, particularly the women, were thinking and feeling as they watched the crucifixion take place…as they saw Jesus’ body taken from the cross and laid in the tomb…as they went early on Sunday morning to care for Jesus’ body showing their respect…as Jesus greets them as they return from the empty tomb. Undoubtedly, they experienced a wide variety of thoughts and emotions, not only as the weekend progressed, but also at each stage of the weekend. Continue reading “Sermon Reflection | April 16, 2017”
The Scripture lessons for Palm Sunday (April 9) were Isaiah 50:4-9; Philippians 2:5-11 and John 12:12-19. Pastor Rub focused his message on the Epistle and Gospel lessons. He began his message talking about how when we go to a theater to see a movie we first view previews of coming attractions. He tied this into verses 9-11 of the Epistle lesson:
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Pastor Rub labelled these verses as a “coming attraction.” He likened this time, this event to a second Palm Sunday. Continue reading “Sermon Reflection – April 9, 2017”