Some years ago I got some very helpful and instructive material from Dr. Josh. McDowell concerning just what, exactly, the Results of the Resurrection insofar as the effect on Christians was.  I've taken his outline and used it to give form to my Easter AM Service message was for this year:
I'll surely welcome any comments or questions!!
 
 
          I've never been sure whether it is Christmas or Easter that I should call my "favorite" season of the year...  We always have what we call a "Sonrise" service on Easter Sunday at about 7AM.  This year I manage to get hold of some marvelous thought concerning just what the Resurrection actually addresses for us - it seems to speak directly to and settles 3 Big Questions that a LOT of people struggle with...
I hope it is useful and instructive for you!!
 
 
We've been looking, for a couple weeks now, at WHY it was the Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, left the Splendors of Heaven and came to walk among men and then yield His life as a ransom for sin...
 
 
Over the past few weeks we have been looking at the topic of just how a child of God goes about seeing to it that their lord and Master gets the glory that He is so richly due!  We've gotten to the 4th installment of our study together...17 Ways to Glorify God (Part 4)
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What Is Love... Biblically?
          We've looked for a week or two at what the Bible has to say about the matter "Love" as to how it relates to Christians and how we are to relate:

  • To the Father
  • To the Lord Jesus Christ
  • To each other as one believer to another
          We've already looked at the first part of this study and now want to pick up where we left off and take things onward.

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Selected Passages
Thomas Watson
          Thomas Watson’s timeless advice for making much of God in your life.  This list was first printed by Puritan Thomas Watson in 1692 in his bestselling classic, A Body of Practical Divinity.

1.    Introduction - The Glory Of God
          A.   The supreme purpose of redemption. Eph 1:12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
          B.   Every tongue should confess Christ as Lord, to. Phil 2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
          C.   Exhibited in Christ. John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
2 Cor 4:6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Heb 1:3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
A.   His Glory Is Exhibited in
          1.    His name. Deut 28:58 “If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE Lord YOUR GOD,

Neh 9:5 And the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said: “Stand up and bless the Lord your God Forever and ever! “Blessed be Your glorious name, Which is exalted above all blessing and praise!

         
2.    His majesty. Job 37:22 He comes from the north as golden splendor; With God is awesome majesty.
Ps 93:1 The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.
Ps 104:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty,
Ps 145:5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works.
Ps 145:12 To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
Is 2:10 Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, From the terror of the Lord And the glory of His majesty.

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by Pastor Bill Farrow
    concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, (Romans 1:3–5 )
          Paul has already mentioned that his topic as a separated and Apostolic bondservant of the Lord Jesus Christ given over to the service of the Gospel that was promised beforehand by means of the OT Prophets and writers of the Holy Scriptures which spoke concerning the coming of the Lord Jesus, born of the seed of David as far as the flesh is concerned.  We should  note that Paul notes that Jesus was born as the seed of David “according to the flesh”.  The suggestion here is that, as we know from quite a number of other passages that Jesus was the King of Israel from eternity past, that he took up the flesh to accomplish the task that God desired for our Savior to accomplish; preaching the Gospel to men, confronting Israel with their need to submit themselves to God, to fulfill the Law of God to make Himself the perfect Lamb of Who was able to be the perfect sacrifice for sin and His redemptive death on Calvary to make atonement for the sins of all who had already and would believe; to raise up from that death to demonstrate God’s acceptance of the sacrifice He had offered.  And this is not the sum of what Jesus accomplished while here on earth.
         Paul tells us that Jesus was
declared by God the Father to be the Son of God in power when he was raised from the dead (see Matt. 28:6) and installed at God’s right hand as the messianic King. As the eternal Son of God, he has reigned forever with the Father and the Holy Spirit. But this verse refers to Jesus as the God-man reigning in messianic power (“Son of God” was a Jewish title for the Messiah), and this reign began (i.e., was declared or initiated) at a certain point in salvation history, i.e., when Jesus was raised from the dead through the Holy Spirit. according to the Spirit of holiness. Christ’s great power is always connected to the holiness of the Holy Spirit as he works in the new covenant age.
         As a matter of full statement and eloquent declaration, he tells us that Jesus was conceived in a virgin’s womb by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35; cf. Is. 7:14), and was delivered normally. The word “born” emphasizes that He is an actual historical figure. Many well known ancient writers, including the Roman historian Tacitus (Annals 15.44), the familiar Jewish historian Josephus (Antiquities, 2.18.3), and a scholar named Pliny the Younger (Letters 10.96, 97) verify Jesus’ historicity. In addition to this, there are many, many writers, historians and writers who assert that there was such an one.  Contrary to what so many declare today, Jesus was an actual individual who, thus, did the actual things that the Bible declares that He did.  We need not scratch our heads, wondering it is so.  And just as a note, God Himself bears witness, in an admittedly subjective fashion that this is so but giving testimony to those who seek the truth that what the Word of God tells us can be trusted and ought be heeded by all men.

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          John, obviously to any reader, was led by God to spend a great amount of his writing on the concept of eternal life.  From Jn. 2:23 through 17:26 he records for us the ministry of the Son of God and the topic of his imparting eternal life and describes what it is and what it does.
‘Many people saw the miraculous signs He was doing and trusted in His name’ (Jn. 2:23). 
          In His interview with Nicodemus, a rigid moralist and a Sanhedrin member, 
1.      In v1, Jesus showed the necessity of regeneration, ‘You
must be born again,’ 
2.      In v7, and the necessity of His death to accomplish a basis for this spiritual transaction, ‘so the Son of Man
must be lifted up,’ 
3.      Then in v14, in a most solemn fashion (‘I tell you the truth,’ vv3, 5) Jesus declared that no one can ‘see,’ (v3), or enter, the kingdom of God unless he is ‘born of water’ (figure of the cleansing Word, Eph 5:26; Jas 1:18; 1 Pet 1:23;) and of the Spirit (the Holy Spirit, the Agent in regeneration), v5.

          This is a supernatural imparting of eternal life on the basis of Christ’s death, typified by the Mosaic serpent in the wilderness, 14 (see Num 21:5–20; 2 Cor 5:21). The theme of John’s gospel is clearly displayed in one of the most famous verses in all of the Bible - verse 16.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 
          Just by way of a beginning to our thinking on this wonderful verse we can say by way of a summary that this single verse is actually a fabulous summary  in and of itself of the gospel, and really of the entire Bible. 
          The very first word we see is “
For” and it connects v. 16 to v. 15 and explains what happened to make it possible that someone can “have eternal life” (v. 15), that is, through believing in Christ. 
         And so, “For” or because “
God so loved the world” which is an astounding statement in that context because the OT and other Jewish writings had spoken only of God’s love for his people Israel. God’s love for “the world” made it possible for “whosoever” (v. 15) believes in Christ, not Jews alone, to have eternal life.
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 Pastor Bill Farrow  
1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God 2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, (Romans 1:1–2)
          The introduction of the Pauline Epistles virtually always begin with a proclamation of the authority of Paul to address the recipients of the given letter.  The point is to establish both his authority to address them and his qualifications to do so.  He often does this by citing the Lord Jesus Christ as the One Who has called him to the office he fulfills. 
          Here, Paul speaks of himself in four fashions as he describes himself as the author of the epistle,

1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 

           We can say at least 4 things about what Paul says about his mission for the Lord here in these first two verse:

1.     The Sender of the Epistle
1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,

          Just to start we ought to note that “Paul” would have been regarded as a sort of “surname” or second name at the time of the writing.  It was an added name, and can be regarded as derived from his occupation or other aspect of his circumstances.  In our present time we think of the surname as a name borne in common with other members of ones’ common family, but it can also be a name given as a second name given to someone such we find in Mark 3:16 where Jesus speaks Peter in this fashion in the same fashion...

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          Throughout the fall of 2016 we looked at the first three “sections” of this series on the “Theology of God” of “What do we know about God” from a Biblical point of view?  So many sad and frustrated people, in our day and age, believe they have knowledge of Who God is and what He is like.  Again, sadly, their conclusions are more rooted in what they already think and what they “want” him to be like.  They end up recreating God more in their own image than they do having any real knowledge of Who, the late Francis Schaeffer, the late theologian said was “The God Who is there”.  It is, indeed one of the great, and extremely disastrous tendencies of man to seek to serve a god more like their own nature and tendencies that One that is revealed in the Word that He sent through the Prophets and Apostles.  
           We went through some 12 character qualities that the Bible puts forth the speak of what God is like:

  1. God is Light
  2. God is Love
  3. God is Invisible
  4. God is Unsearchable
  5. God is Inscrutable
  6. God is Eternal
  7. God is Immortal
  8. God is Omnipotent
  9. God is Omniscient
  10. God is Omnipresent
  11. God is Immutable
  12. God Alone Is Wise
          That brings us to another set of Character Qualities that we see the Bible describe as belonging to our Lord and Master. 

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