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Barabbas, “He Took My Place”

31 Mar

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Barabbas, 3/31/07

Pastor Steve as BarabbasIn today’s first person sermon we will meet Barabbas: the man who’s place Jesus took. We don’t know whether or not Barabbas ever understood the significance of what happened that day when the crowds chose him over Jesus but for the sake of this sermon we will imagine that he did. Pastor Steve as Barabas

Barabbas is an excellent example of what salvation means to us. He was condemned to die on a cross, he should have been the one crucified that day, but Jesus died in his place. It’s intriguing to notice that the name “Barabbas” simply means “son of a father”. We can all identify with a man by that name. We are all either a son or daughter of a father. So as you read about Barabbas (son of a father) you can easily imagine yourself in his place, condemned to death (because of your sin) and set free because of Jesus’ death (although He was innocent).

Key Passage: Mark 15:6-15; Luke 23:18-25; John 18:38-40

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From Denial to Declaration

24 Mar

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From Denial to Declaration3/24/07

Has there ever been a time when you felt it was best if someone didn’t know your faith? Have you ever felt embarrassed to stand up for Jesus when everyone else was doing wrong? If so, you’re in good company. Simon Peter had that problem. But he was also able to conquer it. Let’s see how he did it.

Key Passage: Mark 8:38

Peter Before and After

Before: Peter’s chief concern was self

After: Peter’s chief concern was Jesus

Before: Peter declared own his ability to stay loyal to Jesus.

After: Peter declared His own inability and Jesus’ ability.

Before: Peter called on his own strength to help Jesus.

After: Peter called on Jesus’ strength to help the crippled man

Before: Peter was concerned about what others would think of him.

After: Peter was concerned about what Jesus would think about him.

Before: When the heat was on Peter denied Jesus out of self preservation

After: When the heat was on Peter declared Jesus out of love and true devotion.


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Garden Battles

17 Mar

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Garden Battles3/17/07

Are you in a garden of struggle? Have you ever had to wrestle between following your will or God’s? You may have never thought of a garden as a battle ground yet the two greatest battles ever fought were fought in gardens. These were spiritual battles between human will and divine will. The loss of the first battle, in the Garden of Eden, brought the greatest suffering into the earth. But in the second battle, the Man who was fighting won the greatest victory ever seen in the history of mankind. So let us look at this battle and see if we can gain insights as to how to win our own “garden battles”.



Click here for more about the Kings Heralds CD that is featured in this week’s sermon. Go to Dark Gethsemane is track 21 on this album.

Key Passage: Matthew 26:30-46

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Would He Weep?

09 Mar

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Would He Weep?3/9/07

The air was electric with anticipation. Shouts of “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord” rang out through the crowd. As the Man riding the colt passed, people took off their cloaks and spread them, along with palm branches, on the path so the donkey wouldn’t even have to touch the ground. crying, weeping, tearsThis was a time when rejoicing seemed imperative, Even Jesus said that if the people stopped praising the rocks would do it. But even as Jesus was being honored as the King, as He drew near Jerusalem He began to weep bitterly.

Does this story have application to us today? After all, this happened in a different time in a different city and He wept over different people. But I think if we look at why He wept back then, we can answer the important question, “Would He weep today if He looked upon my hometown or at me?”

Key Passage: Luke 19:41-44

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