Sermon Outline for April 11, 2021

“THE EASTER DIFFERENCE”

 

Colossians 3: 1 - 4

 

INTRODUCTION:  Archaeologists digging in Egypt made some interesting observations about ancient pyramid builders.  A study of the ancient tombs of Egypt is very revealing.  The information provided by a grave can also be revealing.  A much more fascinating discovery is found by examining the empty tomb of Jesus.  The resurrected Christ has a tremendous impact upon the way we live.  It is not just a matter of theological speculation that Jesus was raised from the dead.  It is a very practical matter which deserves our most careful attention.  Since we share fully in the reality of Christ’s resurrection, we are now provided with:

 

  I.  A HIGHER MOTIVATION.  (vs 1 – 2)

 

      A.  We now should have a new desire for things.

            1.  Eternal rather than temporary.

            2.  Spiritual rather than material.

            3.  Heavenly rather than earthly.

      B.  We now should have a new determination.

            1. “Keep seeking”

            2. “Set your mind”

 

  II.  A SECURE SITUATION.  (v 3)

 

        A.  In Christ we are dead, which assures us of:

              1.  Victory over sin

              2.  Victory over destruction

              3.  Victory over eternity

        B.  In Christ we are hidden, and there is no greater security than to be

              found in Christ.

 

  III.  A GLORIOUS DESTINATION.  (v 4)

 

         A.  Easter is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

         B.  Easter is a promise that Christ will come again.

 

 

GALATIANS 2: 20                ROMANS 6: 1 – 11                  EPHESIANS 6: 10

ROMANS 1: 16                      PSAMS 22: 22                         HEBREWS 2: 11 - 12

PHILIPPIANS 3: 10, 13 – 14

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