Tom Scott - 1/04/2018
Date: April 2, 2018
Good morning! It is my sincere prayer that you were able to enjoy your Easter celebration with family and friends. Yesterday was a busy day here at the church as we worshiped the risen Savior. It was great to see so many smiling faces in the crowd. What a blessing it was to see a number of visitors in the service as we looked at the seventh statement from Jesus’ lips. Thank you for your hard work in asking people to join us for yesterday’s service. My hope is that at least one individual came as a result of your invitation. If not, then let’s keep praying and looking for the next opportunity to encourage them to join us for worship.
Here are five questions for us to work through as we reflect upon the message that was shared yesterday.
1. When it comes to Easter, there are lots of traditions that people hold near and dear to their heart. What is one tradition that you look forward to each year?
2. As Jesus hung there on the cross; he would speak words which would be treasured by those who stood nearby. These seven statements from the cross are more than a nice sermon series; they capture the nature of our Savior. Why would Jesus begin this seventh statement with the word “Father?”
3. We see in this last statement that Jesus was entrusting his life/ spirit into the hands of his heavenly father. Trust is a huge issue for some individuals based upon past experiences which have built up over time. Why is it hard for us to trust a living God with our lives/ spirit?
4. The trust that Jesus had for his father came from his love. Jesus loved God with all his being as evidenced by his actions. When asked about the greatest commandment, Jesus told the man that loving God with all our being is the first commandment and the second is to love others. What grade would you give yourself today when it comes to loving God completely and what is something that you can do this week to improve that grade?
5. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was an act of worship that was pleasing to God. Paul says that our spiritual act of worship is to present our bodies as a living sacrifice unto God. When we place our lives into the hands of God, we are willing to worship God through our acts of service. How have you been able to worship the Lord lately?
This Sunday we are going to jump to the other side of the cross for our message. It is after the resurrection of Jesus that we find him on the road with two men headed for a small village about seven miles from Jerusalem. Let me encourage you to join me as we look at the story of the two disciples headed to Emmaus. There are lots of positive things happening here at Cumberland and now is a great time to invite others to join us in making a difference in our community.
Sunday morning worship
Impacting Lives For God
Introduction: Today we come to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is on this side of the empty tomb that we find purpose in the journey to the cross. This morning we will look at the last of the seven statements spoken by Jesus.
I. It’s real.
So often these days people are looking for things that are real or genuine. How well can you determine the difference between the two?
A. A good question.
Max Lucado got asked a question by someone who wanted to know what mattered when it came to Christianity. How would you respond?
B. A final prayer.
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
II. It’s over.
Jesus would die on the cross at the conclusion of this seventh statement. How would you describe the mood at the foot of the cross for those standing there?
A. He gave it up voluntarily.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
B. He trusted in His Father.
Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.
III. It’s Easter.
This morning we are going to look at how Jesus’ statement from the cross impacts our spiritual journey with the Lord.
A. It’s a matter of trust.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
B. It’s a matter of love.
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
C. It’s a matter of worship.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Conclusion: The moment the tomb cracked open on Sunday morning was the moment our relationship with the Father changed. Our spiritual journey in life does not end in death thanks to Jesus’ resurrection from the grave. Today, we can enjoy a close, personal relationship with our Heavenly Father through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Happy Easter!