Boast/exalt/praise: Learning how to celebrate God’s exploits

Today is about reveling in the resurrection of Jesus Christ!  We want to help you remember the resurrection; that it is a historical reality.  We want you to celebrate the resurrection; that it is an unparalleled expression of God’s glory.  We want you to experience the resurrection; that it is a personal invitation to intimacy with the risen Christ.  And most importantly, we want you to demonstrate the resurrection; that it is no longer you but Christ living in you and through so that the world may know Him.

Next Sunday we launch into a brand new teaching series entitled “Buckle-Up: It’s going to be a wild ride!”  The messages are built around eight bible stories that feature a biblical character’s belt.  There are some pretty famous bible belts in Scripture; like Jonathon’s, Elijah’s, Jeremiah’s, John the Baptist’s and even Jesus’ belt.  Interestingly, each of these Bible belt stories teaches a great lesson that can help you navigate the roller-coaster ride of life.  Be sure and invite your friends; you won’t want to miss a single Sunday.

The resurrection narratives in Scripture are wonderful to read and treasure.  You can find them at the end of all four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Luke also gives a summary in the first chapter of his sequel, the book of Acts, when he writes, “After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive.  He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.”  Acts 1:3

The Apostle Paul captures the core of the Christian faith and message in his letter to the Corinthians when he writes:

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.”

1 Corinthians 15:3-8 NIV

This morning our next step discipleship word is “boast.”  It has to do with exalting and praising God for his unparalleled attributes and matchless glory.  I have saved this word for Easter Sunday.  My prayer for you today is that you might learn to boast in the Lord; to exalt and praise him and in so doing experience the hope and joy and power that the Resurrected Christ can give.