Following Jesus: Into His Death (Matthew 27)

Free resources for youth pastors, small group leaders, etc.
16 – Following Jesus – Death (mp3).mp3
16 – Following Jesus – Death (handout).pdf
16 – Following Jesus – Death (ppt).ppt
16 – Following Jeuss – Death (notes).doc
16 – Following Jesus – Death (commentary).doc
16 – Following Jesus – Death (service order).doc
16 – Following Jesus – Death (small groups).doc
Do we really understand Jesus’ death? So many people preach on the physical suffering and pain during His death. Preaching on that only makes us pity and feel sorry for Jesus. But the Bible never tells us to feel sorry for Jesus or pity Him. We are the ones to be pitied apart from Him! When preaching on the physical pain and suffering of His death, it has to be done with an understanding of Him as substitute. In other words, all the physical pain and suffering He went through…was meant for me…was meant for you. God was pouring His wrath out on Jesus as judgment for our personal sin. Jesus became our sin, He became our curse, He took on our punishment, and He paid the price for us. Check out this sermon to understand Jesus’ death and our right response more fully.

LEGIT: Salvation in Christ Alone (Isaiah 52-53)

Free downloads for students, youth pastors, and small group leaders:
3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (mp3)
3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (handout).pdf
3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (ppt).ppt
3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (outline).doc
3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (small groups).doc
3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (service).doc
The big question is: Are you a LEGIT Christian? The answer is: only if you truly are IN Christ. But why? What makes Jesus so special that He is the only way of salvation? Is that arrogant, narrow-minded, and intolerant for Christians to even say? When you take a look at Isaiah 52 – 53, it really all comes together. We see the person of Christ, the death of Christ, and the resurrection of Christ…which is the ONLY means possible that God could save sinners. Jesus death is not for our pity…but it is for His own glory, His Lordship, our faith, our sin, our punishment, and our salvation. Our reponse to Jesus’ bloody, gruesome, excruciating, and brutal death is not for us to feel so sorry for Him that we just follow Him out of obligation. Rather, we see the loving grace of God, the wrath of God against sin, the person of Jesus, our need for repentance, our call to faith, and our command to confess Jesus’ Lordship. Is your faith in Jesus so LEGIT that you would follow Him not matter might be thought toward you, said about you, or done to you? This entire message, I believe, is the single most defining and monumental challenge I’ve ever given our student ministry…to be LEGIT!