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People of the Passion

People of the Passion

Two thousand years after Jesus’ life and death we feel so far removed from the individuals who played a role in those events that we can’t imagine we share anything in common with them. Yet, a closer look reveals that their struggles, their questions, their fears, and their temptations really are incredibly contemporary.

The People of the Passion: what can we learn about them? What can we learn from them? What do they teach us about ourselves and our own faith struggles? During the 40 days leading up to Easter we going to take a closer look at the people of the passion, examining their faith struggles and our own.

In this series we’re going to learn that we are more alike that we realize, not only in our faults and failings, but also in our need for a Savior and the redemption only he can bring.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Hebrews 4:15

February 18 The Self-Righteous (Ash Wednesday) Luke 18:9-14
There a part of all of us that loves to compare ourselves to people who don’t live up to our standards. We love the feeling of superiority. It’s time we start holding ourselves up to the proper standard.
February 21-23 The Opportunist Mark 14:10-11; John 12:4-6
We may be quick to vilify Judas, the infamous Betrayer. But, what would you have done as Jesus’ leadership seemed to falter and it looked like you might be about to go down with the ship?
February 28-March 2 The Schemer John 11:47-53
What moves us to hate people so intensely that we’ll go to any length to hurt or even destroy them? How easily we can rationalize along with the schemer inside each one of us.
March 7-9 The Silent Believer John 3:1, 2;7:50,51; 19:39
We believe. Yet how many people around us have no idea that we confess Jesus as our one and only Savior? What keeps us from speaking up and sharing our faith with others?
March 14-16 The Born Leader Mark 14:27-31; 69-72; John 21:17
We think we’re so strong. Yet, when put to the test, how often we come up falling short! When we come up short, however, may God give us the strength to be more like Peter than Judas.
March 21-23 The Thinker Mark 15:1-5; John 19:12
When it comes to making the big, all-important decision, how often haven’t we got caught up in the over-thinking it game? And instead of doing the right thing, we gave in to fear.
March 28-30 The Follower Mark 11:1-11; Mark 15:6-15
Think of the cheers of Palm Sunday: “Hosanna to the Son of David!” Then think of the jeers five days later: “Crucify him!” We may shake our heads. Yet, how easily we can get dragged along with the wrong crowd!
April 2 The Servant Leader (Maundy Thursday) Luke 22:19-24; John 13:2-5,14
It’s easy to get the idea of greatness all mixed up. What did Jesus teach his disciples about greatness during the final hours of his life and how has this teaching changed the world?
April 3 The Skeptic (Good Friday) Mark 15:33-39
The Jewish religious elite orchestrated Jesus’ death. An unnamed, unchurched Roman officer presided over his crucifixion. Which of them had a change of heart and why?

Sermon Series Archive

Each sermon series below includes a “Big Idea” overview and a weekly breakdown of Scripture references and points of emphasis. Go here if you are looking for the actual sermon documents.

Profile
Profile
A Long Time Coming
A Long Time Coming
Legacy
Legacy
Stuck?
Stuck?
Saturate
Saturate
Good ? - Honest Answer
Good ? - Honest Answer
Modern Family
Modern Family
Stonework
Stonework
Pierced
Pierced
Buried Treasure
Buried Treasure