IN THE NAME OF JESUS Series: Testimony to the Resurrection
Today we begin the first of two mini-series that will take us through the great fifty days of Easter. In the first series, “In the Name of Jesus,” we will be focusing on what it means to claim the power of the name of Jesus as his followers. We will journey with the first disciples through the early chapters in the book of Acts, following them as they plant the very first Christian church and identifying how claiming the name of Jesus was the source of their strength, healing power and salvation.
- Acts 4:32-35
- Psalm 133 (UMH 850)
- 1 John 1:1-2:2
- John 20:19-31
IN THE NAME OF JESUS Series: Faith that Makes Us Strong
The good news is that on the other side of death is resurrection. We may participate in things that kill Jesus, but we have an opportunity for redemption. For in Christ, God offers us mercy and grace, no matter what the magnitude of our sin. It is important to ask ourselves, “How am I living into Peter’s invitation to repentance, confession, and pardon?”
- Acts 3:12-19
- Psalm 4 (UMH 741)
- 1 John 3:1-7
- Luke 24:36b-48
IN THE NAME OF JESUS Series: Salvation Comes
Salvation in the name of Jesus Christ doesn’t always look the way we wish it did. The good news is that the power of Jesus Christ is with us. His spirit resides in us, the body of Christ. His spirit gives us not just power to heal, but to be transformed by the power of love when we proclaim his name and love one another as he loved us. Salvation comes in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Acs 4:5-12
- Psalm 23 (UMH 754 or 137)
- 1 John 3:16-24
- John 10:11-18
And in the Power of the Holy Spirit... We Join the Outsiders
Who are we refusing to touch, see, embrace, love, accept, welcome? Who is the world rejecting that we can, in the power of the Spirit, reach towards? How can we, like Philip, offer the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ (however it is understood) to those who come to us seeking to study and have conversation about the challenges of life in all the ways they present themselves?
- Acts 8:26-40
- Psalm 22:25-31 (UHM 752)
- 1 John 4:7-21
- John 15:1-8
And in the Power of the Holy Spirit... The Outsiders Join Us
This service begins with a quick, confident act of recognition of all persons who have started a connection with the congregation or its ministries during the past year. Last week focused primarily on outreach ministries to people who are different from the dominant culture and socio-economic location of people in your congregation. This week focuses on people who are finding a home among you recently primarily in worship, Christian formation ministries, and other ministries of the church.
- Acts 10:44-48
- Psalm 98 (UMH 818)
- 1 John 5:1-6
- John 15:9-17
And in the Power of the Holy Spirit... Leaders Are Raised Up
The good news of this story is that the Lord knows the hearts of God’s people. Ministry requires many different kinds of leadership, and God prepares many different kinds of people to lead.
- Ascension Sunday
- Acts 1:1-11
- Psalm 47 or Psalm 93
- Ephesians 1:15-23 (more...)