Easter and Its Relationship with a Photoshopped Hell: Sermon Guide

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • How has the resurrection story changed your life—how you lived—this past week?
  • What’s one way you can die to yourself on a consistent basis next week?

Summary

What do you believe about the Easter story? About the claim that a man named Jesus was crucified and raised to life three days later? What you believe about Jesus is the most important thing about you. It will determine whether life on this earth is your heaven or your hell. Which is it for you?

Key Takeaways

  • Something happened in the world that pivoted all of human existence. That something is why we celebrate Easter today.
  • Do you die to yourself on a consistent basis?
  • Do you believe the lie that if you live well enough long enough you can hopefully have your good deeds outweigh your evil deeds and that will be enough on the day of judgment?
  • Sin (biblically) is really only one thing: when you ascribe to God anything less than God is.
  • Most of the mistakes we make are not because we don’t have enough information. It’s because no one is looking or no one can do anything about it. It’s called sin.
  • We don’t have a knowledge problem, we have a faith problem.
  • God is not mad at you, but He is going to let you have what you want.
  • If you are here and you don’t embrace the Easter story, this is your heaven. This world filled with evil, poverty, sickness, and death. It’s the best you will ever get. It’s a lousy heaven.
  • If you are going to reject the Easter story, eat, drink, and be merry...because you are going to die, and it’s appointed for man to die once and then face judgment.
  • If you embrace the Easter story by grace through faith, this is your hell. It won’t last long, and what is waiting for you is a glory that is unspeakable.
  • You might want to listen to the one guy who said He was God and raised from the dead.

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