April 5, 2015 – Sermon Notes
1. Paralyzing fear is transformed into courageous living.
a. Shows them that death has been changed forever.
1 Corinthians 15:19-21
i. Death does not have the final say for the believer. It’s simply a step into eternal life.
ii. Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? (I Cor. 15:5-57)
b. Sends them into the world with a new sense of purpose.
God takes the disasters in your life and makes them tools of redemption. He takes your failures and employs it as a tool of grace. He uses the “death” of the fallen world to motivate you to reach out for life. The hardest things in your life become the sweetest tools of grace in his wise and loving hands. Be careful how you make sense of your life. What looks like a disaster may in fact be grace. What looks like the end may be the beginning. What looks hopeless may be God’s instrument to give you real and lasting hope. Your Father is committed to taking what seems so bad and turning it into something that is very, very good. – Paul Tripp
2. Wavering belief is transformed into a personal faith.
a. What is the “unless” in your life that keeps you from considering the claims of Jesus?
b. Jesus’ invitation: personal and full of love.
c. Thomas’ confession: recognizes Jesus as His master and God.