Sermon Recap: BELIEVE THE RESURRECTION & RESURRECTED LORD based on 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 and 15:12-28

Two things are foundational for our existence as Christians: the cross and the empty tomb. Without the cross, there is no forgiveness of sins. But without the empty tomb, our Savior is still in the ground, and we are dead in our sins! The first witnesses understood the power and impact of the cross, and every action they took in the remainder of their lives was in light of that reality! Yet for us, two thousand years later, we have lost the euphoria, power, and impact of Jesus’ resurrection! Instead, we diminish its impact, dismiss the truth, or ignore it altogether. The enemy does not want us to embrace the truth because he knows how much it will change things.

If there is no resurrection…

  1. Christ has not been raised (1 Cor 15:13, 16).
  2. We have useless preaching (1 Cor 15:14).
  3. Our faith is futile (1 Cor 15:14, 17).
  4. We are false witnesses about God (1 Cor 15:15).
  5. We are still in our sins (1 Cor 15:17).
  6. There is no hope beyond this life (1 Cor 15:18).
  7. We are to be pitied above all humanity (1 Cor 15:19).

However, the resurrection of Christ was very much real! Because of the resurrection…

  1. Christ is the firstfruits (1 Cor 15:20), the first to rise, and the promise of a future resurrection for us all!
  1. We have the promise of a new spiritual life (1 Cor 15:21-22). The curse of Adam has been broken, and we can be made new. We don’t have to remain trapped in our past sins.
  1. Christ will return, resurrect, and rapture the saints (1 Cor 15:23). We have a promise that there is more to life than what we see on this earth, and Jesus will come back for his faithful!
  1. Christ will hand over all worldly powers to God (1 Cor 15:24). Satan, evil, and the forces of darkness no longer have dominion over humanity!
  1. Christ defeated death once and for all (1 Cor 15:25-26). Not only is there a promise of resurrection, but of eternal life, since Jesus died and defeated death by coming back to life! We don’t have to endure spiritual death!
  1. Christ will return all things to its original state (1 Cor 15:27-28). Everything will become as it once was before this world was corrupted by sin!

So how do we live in light of the resurrection? How do we embrace it?

  1. Take your stand (1 Cor 15:1), both on the gospel and truth. Anchor yourselves; refuse to move from the truth of God revealed in his Word.
  1. Hold firm to the Word (1 Cor 15:2). Refuse to let go of the Word and its promises. Order all of your steps based on what you know the Bible says. If not, you believe in vain.
  1. Prioritize what is important (1 Cor 15:3-8). Know what you believe, anchored in the Word, and why you believe it. Paul emphasized for things: Jesus died for our sins, he was buried, he was raised from the dead on the third day, and he appeared to many witnesses. Know what you believe, and stick to it! Keep the main thing the main thing!
  1. Embrace God’s grace (1 Cor 15:9-11). Because of the cross and the empty grave, God has won the victory. Anyone can be touched and changed by God’s grace. Let it change how we live–as people committed to the cross and the empty grave. May we never give up on anyone, for God can touch any heart!

Questions for Reflection

1) What impact does the empty tomb have in your life?

2) What still keeps you in bondage? Where can Jesus set you free?

3) Is Jesus your Savior?

4) Is Jesus your Lord? Is your life totally committed to following him?

5) Do you know what you believe? Can you articulate your faith?

6) Who do you know personally that could use a touch of God’s grace?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will conclude the study on the Foundations of Jesus with the sermon titled, “Exalted King,” based on Hebrews 1:3-14. Why is the exaltation of Jesus foundational for belief? How should it impact our living? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for April 2 – 8

April 2: 2 Kings 6:24-7:2 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 3: 2 Kings 7:3-20 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 4: 2 Kings 8:1-6 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 5: 2 Kings 8:7-15 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 6: 2 Kings 17:7-23 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 7: 2 Kings 19:1-13 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 8: 2 Kings 19:14-19 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Sunday, April 7–First Sunday Offering

Sunday, April 7–First Sunday Breakfast @ 9:15 am

Sunday, April 7–Baptism Class starts @ 9:45 am

Sunday, April 7–Worship Team Meeting @ 12 pm

Monday, April 8–Timothy Bible Study @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, April 14–Beaver Creek Worship @ Bridgewater Retirement Community, 4 pm

Thursday, April 18–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Sunday, April 21–All Church Birthday Dinner

Saturday, April 27–Men’s Fellowship Chicken BBQ

Sunday, April 28–Gideon Sunday

Saturday, May 11–Mother/Daughter Banquet

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of March is Psalm 139:13-14:

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.

Social Media

Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so many people can see what is happening at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY

Children’s Church WILL meet this Sunday, April 7.

BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP CLASS

For those who are interested in baptism, there will be a new member and baptism class during the Sunday School hour beginning Sunday, April 7. We will meet in the fellowship hall. Please plan to attend! If you cannot make a session, please let Pastor Ryan know for makeup.

Baptism Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, May 19.

For those who are interested in transferring membership, you only need to attend the classes on Sunday, May 12, and Sunday, May 19. Also, please email Pastor Ryan the name of your previous church so we can mail out the request for transfer of membership.

Benefit Concert

Jack & Davis Reid, the grandsons of the Statler Brothers, will be leading a concert of gospel & Statler-styled music on Friday, April 19, at 7 pm @ Mount Pleasant COB as a benefit for their church building fund. Tickets are $10 each and are limited. If you would like to purchase tickets, please call 540-830-3625 or 540-810-7573.

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (Theresa Eckard, Scott McAvoy, Becky Whitmore), or sign up on the signup sheet!

Sight & Sound Interest

The Fidelis class is looking at sponsoring a church-wide trip to Sight & Sound in 2024. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

Four Ways to Give! 

1) Mail your tithe to the church office

2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

4) Place in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Bouchery family (unspoken)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Stanley Jackowitz (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meda McNett (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Tami & Kenny (loss of sister Terri; arrangements pending)

Dan Rhodes (recovery)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Shay Suter (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–April 2, 2024