Worship Preparation: April 1, 2018

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Read the sermon text: Mark 16:1-8

Read the sermon summary: In our passage for this Sunday, we’re concluding our sermon series on stories of resurrection with the climactic resurrection of Jesus. We’ll consider Mark’s simple narrative of the women who went to the tomb only to find that Jesus was no longer there. The women should be commended for their loyalty (After all, Jesus’ male disciples had all fled when he was arrested.). However, it is clear the women didn’t understand all that Jesus had taught. They were seeking Jesus in order to anoint his dead body for burial, when they should have been seeking the risen Lord. Even though the women hear the good news preached to them (Jesus has been raised and will meet the disciples in Galilee), they flee in fear and initially disobey the command they receive. What are we to make of this story? Why do you think Mark ends his Gospel account in this way? How is the faithfulness of Jesus seen in the message from the young man in the tomb?

Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:

Christ Is Risen
Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame
But fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to Him who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely You've bled for us

Chorus
Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake come awake
Come and rise up from the grave
Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with Him again
Come awake come awake
Come and rise up from the grave

Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bowed to none but heaven's will
No scheme of hell no scoffer's crown
No burden great can hold You down
In strength You reign
Forever let Your church proclaim

O death where is your sting
O hell where is your victory
O church come stand in the light
The glory of God has defeated the night
Singing O death where is your sting
O hell where is your victory
O church come stand in the light
Our God is not dead He's alive He's alive

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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Landon Pauley

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