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April 21, 2019

Sermon: Finding Faith

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Scripture Lesson

Luke 24:1-12; 1 Corinthians 12:3

The Resurrection of Jesus

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’ Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Finding Faith
Luke 24:1-12; 1 Corinthians 12:3

I. Introduction: Baby Blues
II. What is faith or belief?
III. How do the disciples find faith? (Lk. 24:1-12)
     A. The disciples find faith NOT by
          1. Seeing the empty tomb
               a. The women (24:3-4)
               b. Peter (24:12)
          2. Seeing angels (24:4)
          3. Being amazed
               a. The women (24:5)
               b. Peter (24:12)
          4. Hearing angels (24:5)
          5. Hearing other people (24:10-11)
     B. The disciples find faith by
          1. Remembering (24:6-8)
          2. The Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:3)
IV. How do we find faith?
     A. Pray for the Holy Spirit
     B. Have something to remember
               1. Read your Bible (upperroom.org; utmost.org; odb.org)
               2. Come to church
     C. A loop
V. Conclusion: Denzel Washington (1954- )


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