Athanasius: Christ Drives Out Fear of Death

Sometimes you run out of room or time in your Lord’s Day sermon, and so “Monday Morning Pulpit” is a chance to expand upon or reinforce ideas you didn’t have a chance to finish during the sermon.

On Resurrection Sunday, I preached from Hebrews 2:14 – 15; “that through death Christ might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” The following Athanasius quote is MONEY for the sanctification of the fear of death, but I wasn’t able to read the whole quote in the sermon. Enjoy!

“For that death is destroyed, and that the Cross is become the victory over it, and that it has no more power but is verily dead, this is no small proof, or rather an evident warrant, that it is despised by all Christ’s disciples, and that they all take the aggressive against it and no longer fear it; but by the sign of the Cross and by faith in Christ tread it down as dead. For of old, before the divine sojourn of the Saviour took place, even to the saints death was terrible, and all wept for the dead as though they perished. But now that the Saviour has raised His body, death is no longer terrible; for all who believe in Christ tread him under as no naught, and choose rather to die than to deny their faith in Christ. For they verily know that when they die they are not destroyed, but actually [begin to] live, and become incorruptible through the Resurrection. And that devil that once maliciously exulted in death, now that its pains were loosed, remained the only one truly dead. Continue reading

Resurrection Prism

Aside

There are a few events and truths that are so powerful, all of our existence is changed by them. Think what has happened to the world since 4th of July, 1776. Or how things would look so different if D-Day, 1945 in WWII had never happened. But none of these can compare with that first Easter Sunday, the day Jesus defeated death and began to “make all things new” (Revelation 21:5). All of history and reality is re-focused through the prism of the Resurrection.

Holy Week Timeline

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Beginning with the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey on the first day of the week through His death and resurrection, this timeline/visual aid nicely depicts what the Four Gospels describe happened to the Son of Man. You can trace each line through to see how Pilate, John, the disciples, and Jesus journeyed through those days. I think my favorite is how the graph depicts the resurrection sightings. Hopefully this will encourage you to meditate on your crucified and risen Savior this season.

Garner Community Services for Spring 2011

Garner Community Spring Services 2011
“Behold the Lamb of God!”

The following is a list of the special services held in Garner during the Lenten season. All special services will be held on Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m., except the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services. Any freewill donations go to supporting God’s Pantry, Meals on Wheels, and the Ambulance Fund. Questions? Contact the church office.

March 13 Zion E&R Church (alone)
March 20 No special service
March 27 Garner United Methodist Church
April 3 Zion E&R Church
April 10 Garner Ev. Free Church
April 17 Peace Reformed Church
April 21 – Maundy Thursday Zion E&R Church (alone)
April 22 – Good Friday Garner United Presbyterian Church
April 24 – Easter Sunday SonRise Service – 8:00 a.m.
Worship Service