The most common instruction that God gives in the Bible is “Do Not Be Afraid.” That even includes death. Everyone has to face death, but it doesn’t have to frighten us. Pastor Luke looks at 1 Corinthians 15:20–28 in “Death,” part 3 of his 5-part series “Do Not Be Afraid.”
Would you like to receive a sign from God? Something to point the way forward, perhaps, or just assure you that you’re loved? Who wouldn’t want that? But Jesus said we’ve already been given that sign! Pastor Luke preaches from Matthew 12:38–42 in “Sky Signs,” the concluding message in his series “Responses to the Messiah.”
Christians believe in the Age to Come because Jesus said he would return and finish the work of renovation that he had begun. It’s encouraging that our hope is grounded in his promise, but it leads to questions about the coming age. What will it be like? What will we be like? What can we know about it on this side of eternity? Pastor Luke teaches from Isaiah 65:17–25 in “Resurrection,” the concluding message in his series “Resurrection.”
Christians believe that the coming age will lack sickness, poverty, violence, death and everything else that makes the current age so hard. But is this just wishful thinking? That’s the question a group of Bible scholars asked Jesus. Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 20:27–38 in “Resurrection,” part one of a new series of that name.
If Jesus rose from the dead, then someday we can go to heaven, too. Right? Is that the message of Easter Sunday? If so, what are we supposed to do in the meantime? What if we don’t die right away? Does Easter have anything to say about what happens to people on this side of heaven? What does it say about things like pandemic disease and economic ruin? Pastor Luke teaches from Matthew 28:1–10 in “Resurrection.”
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What does Christianity offer its followers? Revelation warns its readers of many persecutions and hardships they will face. What do they get when that’s over? John concludes his book with a picture of their destination. It isn’t life after death, but something better: what N.T.Wright calls “life after life after death.” Pastor Luke looks at Revelation 21:1–6 in “Life After Life After Death – The Big Reveal, Part 7,” the concluding message in his series “The Big Reveal.”
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Although Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection, is at the heart of Christianity, it is widely misunderstood … by Christians as well as others. Many people think that by rising from the dead, Jesus proved we can go to heaven when we die. But the reality is far, far greater than that.
Because the women who found the Tomb empty forgot how Jesus had predicted his own death and resurrection, they were puzzled about what happened to his body. But behind the problem they faced lies a deeper mystery: what does it mean that Christ was raised from the dead? And what does it mean for us today? Pastor Luke looks at 1 Corinthians 15:19–26 in “It’s a Start.” Continue reading “It’s a Start — Easter Sunday”
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The best part of the good news about Jesus is that he rose from the dead. That means we can go to heaven when we die. But it means so much more: it means that heaven comes to us, and comes not when we die, but right now. It means we are God’s new creation. Pastor Luke preaches from 2 Corinthians 5:14–6:2 in “New Creation,” the concluding message in his series “News, Not Advice.” Continue reading “New Creation — News Not Advice — Part 5”