By pouring out his Holy Spirit, Christ empowered the Church to gather in the great harvest of souls won by the Son. We close out our Easter sermon series on Sunday: He Lives to Pour Out His Spirit!
He Lives to Rule All Things for His Church is a great Ascension theme. It doesn’t talk about how he physically ascended into heaven or how he will return in judgment on the Last Day, but it’s still a good Ascension Sunday theme. You see Ascension is the final of the big three festivals of the Christian church.
He Lives and Calls Me to Live for Him might be a tough theme to put your finger on. You can take this in any direction. First I want you to walk in Paul’s shoes for a few moments as he strolled down the boulevard in ancient Athens.
You are living stone built into God’s house, the church! All of you fit perfectly. That’s no by chance; it’s by design. Don’t be mistaken! Just because you’re a living stone in the wall doesn’t mean you get to sit there and do nothing. You have spiritual acts of worship to do! This is your daily life.
He Lives to Be My Good Shepherd in times of pain. I know that’s not necessarily where you wanted to go, necessarily, on this Good Shepherd Sunday, but Peter takes us down the path of pain.