“Guided to the Cross” Sermon Series
February 14 “Guided to the Cross” series begins, “Guided to Forgiveness” The sign of the cross points us in a new direction through forgiveness. Forgiveness is the bedrock upon what we build our faith in Christ, and forgiveness is the number one “calling card” of the cross. Receiving forgiveness should lead us to live lives of forgiveness. Guided to the cross, we are guided to forgiveness. Scriptures: Psalm 130; Colossians 1:11-14; Luke 7:36-50.
February 18 “Guided to the Cross” series- First Sunday in Lent. “Guided to Hope” Ironically, the cross is an element of hope for us even though it was initially a device of torturous execution. The hope we have in Jesus and his cross is a daily tenet to live by. People can see the hope we have in Jesus in the way we live our lives. Guided to the cross, we are guided to hope. Scriptures: Romans 8:24-25; Titus 2:11-14.
February 25 “Guided to the Cross” series- Second Sunday in Lent “Guided to Love” Love streamed forth from Jesus and the cross. The story of Jesus is at its heart a love story—God’s love for us and our love for Jesus. This story continues as we live in God’s love. Guided to the cross, we are guided to love. Scriptures: 1 John 4:7-16; John 3:11-17.
March 3 “Guided to the Cross” series- Third Sunday in Lent “Guided to Peace” Peace is difficult to come by these days with all that is going on around us. But there is a deeper peace everyone needs which is peace with God. Bringing this peace between us and God with our sin includes the cross of Christ. Jesus came with this mission of peace. Guided to the cross, we are guided to peace. Scriptures: Colossians 1:15-20; John 14:27.
March 10 “Guided to the Cross” series- Forth Sunday in Lent “Guided to Trust” Trust can be a difficult thing for us to possess these days. Scams, theft, and lies are rampant. Who and what we can fully trust is God, His Word, and the truth of what God had done for us through Jesus Christ. Guided to the cross, we are guided to trust. Scriptures: Proverbs 3:5-8; 1 Timothy 1:12-17.
March 17 “Guided to the Cross” series- Fifth Sunday in Lent “Guided to Perseverance” The cross is the ultimate sign of perseverance. Christ’s perseverance to and on the cross gives us the prime example to follow, to go the distance for Him. We proclaim the life and death of Christ through our own perseverance for the sake of His Gospel. Guided to the cross, we are guided to persevere. Scriptures: Hebrews 12:1-2; James 5:7-11.
March 24 “Guided to the Cross” series- Sixth Sunday in Lent “Guided to Humility” Palm Sunday brings a message of humility which sets the tone for the week to come. Jesus humbly came to earth, was humbly born, humbly lived, and humbly went to the cross. In response to what Jesus has done for us, we are to live humble lives for Him. Guided to the cross, we are guided to humility. Scriptures: Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 21:1-11.
March 28 “Guided to the Cross” series- Maundy Thursday “Guided to Service” The example Jesus set on the last night of his life guides us in the service we can perform for others in Jesus’ name throughout our lives. There is a great sense of unity with Christ in the actions we perform that reflect the actions Jesus performed for us. Guided to the cross, we are guided to service. Scriptures: Matthew 26:26-29; John 13:12-17.
March 29 “Guided to the Cross” series- Good Friday “Guided to Sacrifice” The concept of sacrifice can have many levels and dimensions. On this day, we see the ultimate sacrifice on the cross for our sins. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross enables us to be “living sacrifices” as the apostle Paul urges. Living a sacrificial life for Christ means doing for the sake of Christ and in His love for others. Guided to the cross, we are guided to sacrifice. Scriptures: Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 27:45-54.
March 31 “Guided to the Cross” series- Easter Sunday “Guided to New Life” Looking beyond the cross, this day we go to the open tomb from which Jesus arose to give us new life. Easter “energy” makes it possible for us to live each day in the way of new life for us. Living new life in Christ awakens us as well to glimpses of the promises that await us. Not just a day, Easter is a way of life. Guided to the cross and beyond to the open tomb, we are guided to new life. Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:3-5; John 20:1-10.
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