As Easter Sunday approaches, promising a more-than-usually packed house, now’s a great time to ask how to make sure your sermon connects with your audience. Here are three ways to do just that.
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.
Why is the most important Christian holiday nowhere mentioned by name in the Bible?
Actually, the word “Easter” does appear in the Bible, but only once—and only in one translation. Among all major English translations of the Scripture, only the King James Version uses the word “Easter.” I won’t go into the history of that particular translation choice, but I will go into how to use Logos to puzzle out what’s going on—even if you don’t know Greek. And if you don’t have Logos, stick around: I’ll explain why this important word doesn’t show up in other English translations.
Fri, March 11, 2016 | Products|
It’s hard to overplay the importance of the Resurrection of Jesus. When you read the Gospels closely, it becomes clear: the Resurrection isn’t just an afterthought; it’s not some narrative flourish wrapping the life of Christ in a neat theological bow. It’s the culmination of Christ’s ministry, and it points to the climax of history itself.
Everything leads to the Resurrection—the day the Son of God burst forth from the grave, declaring victory over the powers of darkness, and even death itself. As N.T. Wright has said, the Resurrection of Jesus is the first step in God’s program to “colonize earth with the life of heaven.” Nothing could be more momentous, more potent, or more transformative for the life of the Christian.
The Resurrection is so pivotal that a single day of reflection, Easter Sunday, just isn’t enough to truly appreciate its riches. And the Resurrection shouldn’t be understood in isolation either—every event in the life of Christ leads to the Resurrection, every day in the life of the church is shaped by its power, and every event in history pales in comparison to its significance.
Thu, March 10, 2016 | Products|
Round 1 is over, the results are in, and only 32 authors have made it to Round 2 of Logos March Madness. But even if your first-round picks didn’t make it, that’s no reason to take your ball and go home. After all, you can save 30% on selected works by authors eliminated from the competition. So, even if you lose, you still win. Score!
Wed, March 9, 2016 | Misc.|
There are plenty of kids shows out there, but precious few that plunge deep into God’s Word . . . without boring kids to death.
Faithlife has helped grownups understand the Bible for decades with Logos Bible Software. Now, we want to help your kids grasp the truths of the Word with Bible Sounds. Bible Sounds is a new kids show that combines the depth you expect from the creators of Logos Bible Software with music and zany humor that keeps kids enthralled.
Wed, March 9, 2016 | Misc.|
Jerry Bridges, the author of more than a dozen books on discipleship and Christian living, passed away this week. The outpouring of love from the Christian blogosphere has been tremendous. Evangelical leaders are celebrating the legacy of a Christian who humbly demonstrated the power of grace-fueled spiritual discipline.
Here’s a roundup of articles celebrating Bridges, and a selection of quotes for you to share in his memory. (Simply hover over the images below to reveal sharing options.)
One fine South Carolina day my little family was driving down the road listening to the radio, and on came “Rudy Mancke’s Nature Notes,” a delightful little minute-long feature by a local naturalist who talks about flora and fauna in the Palmetto State. And I got a lesson for New Testament exegesis out of it. And you can, too.
A Nature Notes listener had written in for information on the Latin name for a dead shrimp found “lying against some of the pluff mud” on the Charleston coast. Our two-year-old immediately piped up from her carseat, informing us all with deep conviction, “Lying is bad!”
Wed, March 9, 2016 | Products|
Logos March Madness is well underway! Sixty-four theologians are going toe-to-toe, and they need your votes to advance them through the competition! The longer the contenders last, the deeper the discounts on their selected works—and for the first time ever, those works will include Mobile Ed courses. That means through April 14, you’ll get massive savings in the Logos March Madness sale—up to 70% for the champion!
But there’s more good news. This year save 35% on additional Mobile Ed courses not included in the Logos March Madness sale. There’s never been a better time to start your mobile theological training!
Tue, March 8, 2016 | Products|
New from John Piper and Desiring God
For the first time ever, get the Logos edition of John Piper’s Look at the Book series in the Logos edition for free! Featuring over 100 new videos by John Piper, Look at the Book is the first of it’s kind, providing a new method of teaching the Bible.
Watch as Piper underlines text, circles words, and scribbles notes in the margin of his Bible. See Piper’s Bible study methods from beginning to end as he works through a passage, makes connections between words and phrases, and points toward a deeper understand of the text. He doesn’t just help you see what he sees, he shows you how to use his own Bible study methodology in your study.