25 Resurrection Sermon Ideas for Easter Sunday

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More people go to church on Easter than any other day of the year, and churches around the world are preparing for more visitors. There are lots of ways to make sure your Easter service is great, but what about the sermon itself? With all the time and energy you’re investing in the service—extra parking, extra seating, extra childcare, extra ushers—what can you do to be sure your Easter sermon is as strong as possible?

For this post, we’ve pulled together 25 Resurrection sermon ideas for Easter Sunday. But we don’t want to just give you ideas for the sermon, we want to help you make your Easter sermon truly connect with your listeners.

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Choose from these 25 Easter sermon ideas

Coming up with 25 Easter sermon ideas is not as tough as you might think—not when Logos 6 has your back. To pull together the Resurrection sermon ideas below, we just fired up the Sermon Starter Guide in Logos 6. (If you don’t have Logos 6, no worries: we list all the sermon ideas below. But first, here’s how we did it.)

First, we opened Logos and searched for “resurrection of Christ” in the Sermon Starter Guide.

Resurrection Sermons

Along with some great ideas for illustrations, quotes, outlines, and even hymns, Logos provides a list of key passages that describe the resurrection.

If you’ve been preaching for very many years, you’ve probably taught from the Resurrection passages in the Gospels multiple times each. Here are some alternative Resurrection passages to consider for Easter Sunday. Each one could be your starting point for a sermon:

  1. Why the Resurrection was important to David, Israel, and us (Ps. 16:8–11, Ac. 2:29–31)
  2. Jesus, Jonah, and you (Mt. 12:40)
  3. Who witnessed the resurrected Savior? (1 Co. 15:3–8)
  4. Jesus: alive forevermore! (Re. 1:17–18)

Logos also pulled in links to entries in the Topic Guide for “Easter” and the “Resurrection of Christ.” These entries connect you to more passages and resources that address these topics, leading to more sermon ideas:

  1. What is Easter, anyway?: Did you know that—depending on the translation you use—the word “Easter” never appears in the Bible? Why is that? You could preach a sermon on the origin of the word “Easter” and its connection to the Passover.
  2. What the resurrection meant to Matthew
  3. What the resurrection meant to Mark
  4. What the resurrection meant to Luke
  5. What the resurrection meant to John
  6. What the resurrection meant to Paul
  7. What the resurrection meant to Peter

Thanks to the Sermon Starter Guide, we found a long, long list of pericopes (Bible excerpts) that relate to the Resurrection. This can give you a good idea for Scripture to read during worship. And of course, there are plenty of sermon ideas here, too:

  1. Jesus is risen—now what? (Mt. 28)
  2. Do you recognize him? (Lk. 24:13–35)
  3. Are you a doubting Thomas? (Jn. 20:19–29)
  4. Jesus still provides (Jn. 21:1–14)

Like we mentioned above, the Sermon Starter also gives you entire thematic outlines to work from, so you can lean on Logos to help frame your Easter message:

  1. Who foretold Jesus’ resurrection?
  2. How sure can we be of Jesus’ resurrection?
  3. Why was Jesus’ resurrection necessary?
  4. What happened when Jesus rose from the grave?
  5. How do we benefit from the resurrection of Jesus?

One of the thematic outlines in the Sermon Starter Guide included a wealth of additional sermon ideas. Each point in this outline could either be an entire sermon in and of itself!

  1. The Resurrection of Jesus is Foretold: Preach on passages that prophesied the Resurrection of Jesus.
  2. The Resurrection is Preached by the Apostles: Preach on passages demonstrating the centrality of the Resurrection in the ministry and preaching of the Apostles.
  3. The Certainty of the Resurrection: Preach on the historical reliability of the Resurrection, and why the Apostles made it so prominent in their preaching.
  4. The Necessity of the Resurrection: Preach on the reasons the truth of Christianity is dependent upon the reality of the Resurrection.
  5. The Results of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection: What are the practical implications of Jesus resurrection from the dead? Use the verses cited above to build a case for those practical ramifications.

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Editors note: A version of this post originally appeared on March 7, 2013.


  1. I Will Definitely Make Use Of The Sermon Starters. Thanks So Much.