Wayne Grudem is a professor of New Testament at Phoenix Seminary. He is author of “Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine“, a well-crafted tool that I continue to refer to for answers. Before moving to Arizona some years ago, Dr. Grudem had a long tenure at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. That’s where I experienced his New Testament class. He brought the amount of energy that is expected when a football coach huddles his team together before a game. Every class began with a hymn, a very different, but memorable way to bring the Gospel down into our hands and to ready our hearts for its study. From that point on, it was go time. One particular day, he gave a seemingly easy assignment: take all four Gospel accounts of Jesus’ resurrection and systematize them. In other words, make them flow as one story… because it is one story.
Easter Sunday, often called the Super Bowl of the church by many, happens but once a year. In other words, we put a lot of our eggs in the basket of Easter–more than we might be willing to admit at times. (Yes, forgive the intended pun.) Not too many years ago, I recalled one such game day. Easter Sunday services kicked off and ended with a booming playlist of radio pop music accompanied with beach balls, balloons, and fun. Of course, people were having a blast and the desired “feels” brought pats on the back and “attaboys” from church leaders for the service programming. What is wrong with feeling great, anyway? After all, people in our culture feel defeated and stressed by our lifestyle. Our emotions matter, too. We have to be willing to have empathy and even plan our worship around real people and where their lives are lived. Being in a bubble is a failure for a leader. The heart of the planning was to relate to such felt needs. This is what Jesus himself often did.
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The church today and through the ages uses the days before Easter as a time of pilgrimage. We are asked to make our way with Jesus as he journeys toward Jerusalem. It’s a time of faith, courage, fear, hope, risk, miracle, belief, and prayer. It’s the narrative that forms our faith. Because we know where the story ends (with the cross) and begins again (with the resurrection), it’s worthwhile to consider retelling points along Jesus’ journey with our congregations, especially in their context as pilgrim stories leading us into Jesus’ passion. Below are ten stories to study afresh.
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Try not to blink, because the kids in our church seem to be growing up faster than ever. Before the world around them indoctrinates them with what it means to be great in our culture, take time to come up with creative ways to teach them that true greatness is found in something entirely different.
He Is Risen Easter Sunday School Lesson For Kids
It was an incredible series of events: Jesus was crucified, the sky turned black and the veil in the temple was torn in two. Then, early in the morning, as a new day dawned, two women made their way to the tomb where Jesus had been buried. When they arrived, nothing could have prepared them for what came next. An angel descended from heaven, an earthquake shook the tomb open, and a miraculous declaration was made: “He is not here; he has risen!” The He is Risen Easter Sunday School lesson for kids explores the greatest event in all of history – the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. This Matthew 27-28 Easter Sunday School lesson from Sharefaith Kids has assembled a must-have bundle of digital resources that will equip you to teach one of the greatest Bible stories of all time with creativity and confidence!
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