This innovative 4-week campaign for your whole church takes an in-depth look at the Easter season.
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This 4-session series looks at the last week of Jesus’ life as told in Matthew 26–28. You will be encouraged to search your own soul through the lenses of the people closest to Jesus in his last hours. While the theme of rejection runs through these chapters in Matthew, there is the joy of the Resurrection that you can experience with new eyes.
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The Dinner Guests of God
Communion searches and strengthens our hearts.
Communion—the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist—is a powerful experience. It is a meal that touches the soul. During this Lenten season, most churches partake in communion. As we study Matthew 26, we look at the story that gives rise to our observance of the Lord’s Supper. This passage helps us see what makes Communion such a uniquely significant meal.
The Faces of Failure
Peter, Judas, and Pilate demonstrate different ways to fail in faith.
This week’s Scripture passage covers the stories of three failures—Peter, Judas, and Pilate. And they are painful to hear. The consequences were staggering. What’s more, none of them would have failed had it not been for Jesus. In fact, you might say that there’s a sense in which Jesus brings out the worst in people. Jesus is good and gracious, holy and mighty, but he is surely not safe to have around!
Four Ironies of the Cross
In his weakness on the cross, Jesus Christ revealed his greatness.
As Matthew relates the story of Jesus’ crucifixion, the theme that runs through all the details is rejection. Not only did people fail to see the value of Jesus, they also didn’t understand the value of his death. This study tracks this trail of rejection so that we can avoid being so blind.
Christ’s resurrection calls us to believe.
Pastor Robert Russell told about sitting behind a 5-year-old boy at their church’s Easter pageant a few years ago. The boy was enthralled. Russell said, “When the crucifixion scene took place, he got real quiet. But then Jesus came back from the grave, and there was a song of celebration, and his eyes lit up. He looked at his mother and said, ‘He’s alive, Mom. He’s alive!’ and began to clap. And he hugged her around the neck.”
Wouldn’t it be great to see the Resurrection with new eyes?
This Church Discipleship Campaign is based on a PreachingToday.com sermons by Lee Eclov and D.A. Carson.
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