SERMON SERIES:

connect to resurrection: empower

05/19/2024

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This Sunday will be Pentecost! It is the day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. We also come to the end of the series Connect to Resurrection. We have been waiting for this moment for almost 50 days! We have focused each week on how the power of resurrection is alive and at work in our hearts. We have recognized that Easter is more than an empty tomb, it is now the presence of the resurrected Christ sharing with us and strengthening our lives. This week’s sermon takes us to the intersection of Easter and Pentecost. The first Pentecost was a dramatic moment that filled the upper room and the disciples with the power of God. The moment of Pentecost changed the disciples into Apostles and followers into leaders. We need this power for our lives but how does it happen? As we look at all the obstacles, problems, and uncertainties, it is easy to feel powerless and discouraged. Just as God transformed the disciples on the day of Pentecost he wants to empower us. But how? In the sermon Empower we discover a plan and process for finding the power of the Holy Spirit more alive than we could ever imagine. We turn to Romans 8:1-11. This chapter has been called the “chapter of the Holy Spirit.” One of the problems with finding this power and strength is that we want to follow our decisions and desires. The commandments and law of God, could not redirect our desires and decisions to please God, and we were only left feeling powerless, hopeless, and condemned! Legalism and self-justification can never empower our life or faith, but resurrection and Pentecost can continue to strengthen and transform us if we are willing to follow the Spirit of God! Our sincere prayer is for you to be refreshed, renewed, and rejuvenated by the presence of the Spirit of Christ as you read Romans 8:1-11. 

Romans 8:1-11: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. 9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.  (NIV)