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This Changed Everything

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  • 1. This Should Change EVERYTHING E a ste r S u n d a y 2 0 1 4 | E B C L A
  • 2. Wait. What?
  • 3. Before Meeting the Risen Christ The Stoning of Stephen (Acts 7:54-8:1)
  • 4. Philippians 3:4 If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, p e r s e c u t i n g t h e c h u r c h ; a s f o r righteousness based on the law, faultless.
  • 5. Philippians 3:7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
  • 6. Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
  • 7. Knowing the Risen Christ Radically Changed E V E R Y T H I N G
  • 8. The Risen Christ made everyone who saw him D I F F E R E N T
  • 9. John 20:11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
  • 10. John 20:16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). 17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
  • 11. Everything changed for her.
  • 12. The Risen Christ changed everything about his D I S C I P L E S
  • 13. John 20:19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
  • 14. Everything changed for them.
  • 15. The Resurrected Christ should change E V E RY T H I N G So why are there still things about us that haven’t changed?
  • 16. Racism Racism sin.
  • 17. Sexism
  • 18. Selfishness
  • 19. Fear-based Thinking
  • 20. Why are we still held captive by sin?
  • 21. Not Enough Love
  • 22. Jesus Died for Every Sin His resurrection proved this. So we no longer need to be sin’s captives.
  • 23. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 C O R I N T H I A N S 5 : 1 7 This Should Change EVERYTHING