Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Sermon Summary - 2nd Sunday After Easter





Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
                                    Diocese of Abuja
                         Cathedral Church of the Advent

2nd Sunday after Easter - Sunday 30 April 2017

Today's Sermon

Theme:     Knowing Christ "The I AM Sayings of Jesus"
Topic:         The Light Of The World
Text:           John 8: 12 - 20 (Key Text: John 8: 12)

Summary:

In John 8: 12 Jesus spoke to the Pharisees and said "I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

Then once again in John 9: 5, just prior to His healing of the blind man, Jesus said "As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world

Jesus also said, "I am the Light of the world" infact He said it twice - possibly for emphasis.

Moreover in John 1: 4, 5 the Apostle said of Jesus: "In Him was life and the life was the Light of men. And the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it."

But what is implied by Jesus statement, "I am the Light of the world"?

*        Christ occupies the same place in the moral and spiritual realm that the sun occupies in the natural and physical realm" Life on earth as we know it would cease to be if the sun were suddenly hurled out of our solar system, leaving the earth deprived of its light and heat. Nor can there be any spiritual life outside of Christ Who is Light and in Whom there is Life.

*        Light enables us to see clearly. In the Scriptures, light represents knowledge. This is why the Psalmist could say "The entrance of Your Words gives Light" (Ps. 119:130). This is why we are exhorted to "walk in the Light" (1 John 1: 7). He who walks in the light conducts himself according to our Lord's teachings' as they are set forth in the Bible.

Suggested Points For Application

1.      For a world in the darkness of ignorance, Christ is the light and His Word can erase the ignorance

2.      For a world in the darkness of sin, Christ is the Light and through His blood the sinner can be redeemed

3.      For a world in the darkness of death, Christ is the Light and in Him those who are dead in trespasses and sins can be made alive

4.      But in each case, one must learn His Will and render obedience to Christ Who is the Author of eternal salvation to those who obey Him (Heb. 5:9)

5.      As the moon does not have any light of its own but reflects the light of the Sun, believers are to mirror Christ to the world by word and conduct (Matt. 5: 14 - 16)

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Order Of Resurrection






Sunday April 30
Second Sunday After Easter

Bible Reading:     1 Cor. 15: 20 - 28

Topic:         The Order Of Resurrection

Yesterday we saw that the resurrection of the dead is real.

Today, Paul adds another dimension with regard to who will be raised, why and how!

He links the resurrection of the dead to the second coming of Christ.

He distinguishes between those in Adam (all of humanity who inherited Adam's sin nature) and those in Christ.

As long as one remains in that state, he is appointed to die once and after that judgment (Heb. 9: 27)

As for those who are in Christ, Gal. 3: 26 - 27 says they will be raised for eternal dwelling with Jesus when He comes again.

Every Christian has passed through death into life in this life because he has been buried with Jesus and subsequently raised with Him, in order to walk in hope of a bodily resurrection to come (Rom. 6: 3 - 6)

At Jesus' coming, there will be the resurrection of the saints who are asleep in Jesus and then Christians who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord (1 Thess. 4: 13 - 17).

The advise therefore for those expecting a glorious life with Christ in eternity is: "Awake to righteousness and do not sin like those who have no knowledge of God" (1 Cor. 15: 34)

Prayer:

Lord, let Your Church be always conscious of Jesus' second coming, Amen

Memory Verse:   1 Cor. 15: 22

"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ, shall all be made alive"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Resurrection Of The Dead





Saturday April 29

Bible Reading:     1 Cor. 15: 12 - 19

Topic:         The Resurrection Of The Dead

A very important part of the Apostles/Nicene Creed which are part of our Anglican Liturgy is our belief in the resurrection of the dead.

We believe this because Jesus said it (John 5: 28 - 29); 11: 25 - 26) and Paul taught it as a central theme of our faith.

Jesus became the First of those to be raised never to die again. Paul was upset that some fake teachers in Corinth taught that there is no other resurrection of the dead.

In our text today, Paul argues that
1.      If there's no resurrection of the dead, then Jesus was not raised and we are still in our sins
2.      If Jesus did not rise, then the foundation of our faith and preaching is baseless and those who attested to the resurrection of Christ are liars; therefore Christianity and its boast in a Living Master is false
3.      Those who died in Christ and in hope of the resurrection are lost forever
4.      If all we get from being Christians is a little inspiration for a few short years, then we of all men most to be pitied.

Thank God, this is not so!

Resurrection of the dead is real, Jesus demonstrated it and the Church is standing on this sure foundation of the Risen Christ

Prayer:

Lord, thank You because Resurrection of the dead is real, Amen

Memory Verse:   1 Cor. 15: 19

"If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Stephen's Defence




Friday April 28

Bible Reading:     Acts 7: 42 - 60

Topic:         Stephen's Defence

Stephen one of the seven Deacons of the early Church was brought to the Jewish Council on trumped-up charges of blaspheming God, Moses and the Temple.

His accusers were Jews from the Synagogue of the Freedmen who were not able to withstand his spirit-filled preaching of Jesus in his defence.

Stephen challenged the unbelief of his people especially their leaders through a detailed account of their rejection of God and His messengers throughout their history.

Their love for God was proved to be shallow because they did not obey the Word of God. He concluded that their belief in their traditions was always stronger than their love for God, hence their rebellious actions against Jesus.

Though they knew that Stephen's testimony against them was true, they took him out of the city and killed him.

There are lessons here to learn:
1.      As a child of God, you must know the Word of God (2 Tim. 2: 15)
2.      Always be ready to defend the Gospel and stand up for what you believe in faith
3.      Depend on the Holy Spirit
4.      Expect that there may sometimes be violent reactions from those the truth of the Word of God confronts but do not allow this to discourage you from sharing your faith

Prayer:

Lord, may Your Word continue to bring souls into the Kingdom, Amen

Memory Verse:   Acts 7: 48

"Howbeit, the Most High dwelleth not in Temples made with hands as saith the Prophet"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)