This term our sermon series will be looking at the great hope that the Resurrection brings each and every one of us that trusts in Jesus.
Flowing out from Easter we’ll spend some time in 1 Corinthians 15. Paul spends a whole chapter writing in detail about the Resurrection of Jesus. Over 58 verses he walks us through the eyewitness accounts of the raised Christ, the centrality of the Resurrection for Christian belief, the hope of a final resurrection for everyone, the nature of the resurrection body and the implications of the resurrection for every one of us in the face of sin and death.
Over the next three weeks we’ll explore this incredible chapter of Scripture.
As the Easter holiday unwinds and term 2 starts we’ll turn to the letter of 1 Peter. Peter’s letter is also about Resurrection hope. His opening states his claim as strongly as possible:
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…
We’ll explore together just what a difference that incredible hope brings, especially in a world that can be so opposed to Jesus and his church. We live in great anticipation of a future resurrection and yet life can be so hard. If Jesus suffered first before his Resurrection then what does that mean for his followers who follow in his path? How does knowing there will be a day when Jesus returns help me to live now when the world treats the good things that I do as though they were evil? Peter explores all these deep questions and more.
Please do be in prayer for yourself, your church family, the Growth Groups are St John’s and those who will be preaching as we remind ourselves just what an impact the transforming hope that we share in the risen Christ should have.
David Ould / Senior Associate Minister
St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Parramatta
PRAY: Pray for our church family over the next term as we look at the transforming hope that we share in the risen Christ. Pray that we would be challenged to consider how we would live now when the world treats the good things we do as though they were evil. Pray that we would learn to follow in the path of Jesus, even when we know he suffered before his resurrection.
Join us this Sunday for our Sunday services. We meet at 8am, 9:30am, 11am and 5pm at the Cathedral – and online at 11am. Check out out Sunday services page for more information on our face-to-face services.