Sun, 5 May 2013
May 5, 2013
Synopsis: This is an exciting day for us at Emmanuel and for congregations all across the country. It is graduation time. Seniors in high schools, colleges and universities are getting ready to celebrate their achievement. Okay, you hold the degree, now it’s time to show us what you know. Education for all of you is certainly not over. You have learned a lot, but there is much more to learn. Life is like that. Each day life will present you with lessons to learn, challenges to face and tests, oh yes, tests and tests and more tests. People around you will not be interested in your GPA as much as they will your faithfulness. Faithfulness, you see, is that all important characteristic of LIFE. LIFE without faithfulness is just a LIE.
Today I am transitioning from one sermon series into another. I started on Easter Sunday reminding you that the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love of God lives because of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Today I start off reminding you that LIFE flows from the empty tomb and that your LIFE makes a difference in the lives of those around you. It does! And that is why it is so important for believers to be faithful. Let me tell you something about LIFE. LIFE without Faithfulness is just a LIE.
Live: Life is not a stagnant term. Life flows! Eternal life flows from the empty tomb. Life is what the resurrection is all about. Believers are on a journey, make every moment count.
In: Life is not abstract. We all live within the context of our family, community, nation, and world. Certainly, within the congregation we are connected as one in Christ Jesus. Live connected!
Faithful: This is a key ingredient of successful living. Life without faithfulness to our purpose and faith is simply just a LIE. Live true to who you are!
Expectation: Life without expectation isn’t much of a life at all. We all know that eternal life in this body and in this world is not possible. Believers find their hope is the presence of God, not in this world. Do not let your life be restricted to what you have experienced. Live in the expectation of what God will reveal in you.
Scripture Text (NLT): Romans 8:9-11; Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-10; John 1:50-51; Hebrews 11:39-40.
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2