Combat Manual - Remembering
The Apostle Paul starts his last life letter in a prison dungeon. II Tim vs. 8
‘Remember Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!
It’s not a slogan or a prepared statement it’s a declaration labor of love... it is a miracle based on love for others... Is there anything ever more powerful? More daunting or more courageous, or more terrifying...?
‘Remember,’ Timothy... when you feel overwhelmed, stuck or chained to a problem, Jesus defeated death! To ‘remember: is intentional, ‘memory recall...’
Do you remember when the ‘Big mac,’ first appeared? Crushing the competition, their slogan was ‘ingredients,’ they made it a song, and rewarded those who remembered, in less than 2 seconds, a free one!
Paul tells Timothy, ‘Christ risen,’ is the strongest force in all eternity... Remember...
The power of the cross to overcome...
· How Jesus rose from the ashes of death...
· Broke the chains of sin ...
· Endured the scars on his body
· Carried the cross to victory
· Leads us to Salvation...
Jesus instigated change thru personal sacrifice...
‘Therefore,’ Jesus will unchain every piercing of pain, challenge or problem.
Paul says in, Timothy vs. 10 ‘Therefore I endure everything for the... elect, they too may obtain salvation... in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.’ he says, ‘I am chained like a criminal, but the gospel is not chained... ‘Remember Jesus Risen’
‘I will always be with you...’
· Teach His words
· Comfort His people
· Help overcome
· To forgive... encourage and build up
Because, wearing the bondage chains of serving others – sets them free... Remember it’s our gospel: Not just a t-shirt, or a fish stuck on the back of our cars, but a chained commitment to a vision – ‘so everyone can hear the gospel...’
Christianity is most successful when we are serving...
Pastor James Stark, Hillside Community Worship