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Solid Ground | This Just Got Real

Solid Ground | This Just Got Real

The calling/work of the Church is to implement the resurrection of Jesus and thereby anticipate the final new creation. The thread that runs through the series is the new life that the resurrection of Jesus makes possible and how we live that new life out in our everyday lives. The Resurrection in Real Life. Resurrection Matters. The giver of the new life is also the model of what this new life looks like--Jesus is what the resurrection looks like in real life.

  • April 16

    Real Life (Easter)

    John 21:1-17
    David Woods

    The resurrection restores our relationship with God. We have turned away from God, we have abandoned him, we are lost and wondering what is going on. And because of Jesus, we are welcomed back and fed a meal that will fill our spiritual bellies for the rest of forever. Peter’s story is a microcosm of the whole story of redemption. We tell this story from its post-cross perspective. Peter feels alienated, let down, fearful but because of Jesus’ action on the cross, even his sin of expressly denying that he knew Jesus, his sin is paid for and he is welcomed back into fellowship with the Lord. Like Peter, we are freed to feed! To live out the resurrection of Jesus by being new life and by creating new life by partnering with the Holy Spirit in living as a new creation; preaching the gospel; fellowship and unity with believers; and caring for those who need cared for. “The resurrection” refers to the new life Jesus gives us. We are made new, we are becoming new creations, we are living a new life--not for ourselves, but for Christ.

  • April 23

    Real Focus

    2 Corinthians 5:14-21
    Kenny Gooch

    The resurrection enables us to represent God in this world. What are you living for...really? Give your best for what matters most--blessing the world by showing people the love of Christ. Are you living the life of a new creation. If we are not, how do we expect the message to have any weight? The resurrection enables us to live new lives for God. 

  • April 30

    Real Hope

    1 Peter 3:13-22
    Danny Curry

    The resurrection gives us a hope worth sharing. Unfortunately, the two main images in U.S. culture of “preaching the gospel” is that of a tent revivalist (or some other professional minister preaching to a crowd) or the man on the street with a bullhorn. The prevailing image should be two friends over coffee, or on a front porch with iced tea, or in a car on the way to a game, or in the living room watching a television show. We should be convicted and thrilled by the way in which he says we are to share this hope that has been asked about “but do so in a gentle and respectful way,” “clear conscious,” “good life,” and “doing good” are all qualifiers that he puts on the way in which we are to proclaim the reason for our hope (i.e. the resurrection of Jesus). This truth is not a club with which to hit people over the head, it’s not bullhorn worthy, it works just great in a simple conversation over your favorite dessert, or on the phone as you talk with someone while picking tomatoes from your garden. And here’s maybe the real challenge - do people recognize us as being people of hope? Would someone even ask? 

  • May 07

    Real Unity

    1 Corinthians 1:10-17
    David Woods

    The resurrection unifies us around Jesus. For Paul, one of the central themes of life as the community of God is unity, and it is one of the central ways in which we are known by the world. But unity and being of one mind is hard to come by - what does it even mean for a group of people to be of one mind. We need each other to live out the new life we have in Christ. A divided church is a pitiful witness to the world. But the opposite is also true--a unified church is a powerful witness to the world that Jesus has resurrected and a new way of life is possible!   

  • May 14

    Real Help

    Luke 5:27-32
    David Woods

    The resurrection gives us a heart to help hurting people. The new life that Jesus gives us compels us to care about the brokenness in our world. Contrast the heart of the Pharisees with the heart Jesus has for those who are “sick.”  We breathe new life into situations that are stuck in the old ways of life by serving, caring, meeting needs and blessing the world. We have been blessed with new life and God wants us to bless the world with it. The resurrection motivates us to care about the needs of others. The resurrection motivates us to make a difference in our world. The resurrection gives us new life to bring to the brokenness of our world.

  • May 21

    Remix | Real Life

    John 21:15-17
    Danny Curry

    The resurrection restores our relationship with God. We have turned away from God, we have abandoned him, we are lost and wondering what is going on. And because of Jesus, we are welcomed back and fed a meal that will fill our spiritual bellies for the rest of forever. Peter’s story is a microcosm of the whole story of redemption. We tell this story from its post-cross perspective. Peter feels alienated, let down, fearful but because of Jesus’ action on the cross, even his sin of expressly denying that he knew Jesus, his sin is paid for and he is welcomed back into fellowship with the Lord. Like Peter, we are freed to feed! To live out the resurrection of Jesus by being new life and by creating new life by partnering with the Holy Spirit in living as a new creation; preaching the gospel; fellowship and unity with believers; and caring for those who need cared for. “The resurrection” refers to the new life Jesus gives us. We are made new, we are becoming new creations, we are living a new life--not for ourselves, but for Christ.