September 11, 2001 and 2011
By Pastor Roger
The first day at a new church can be stressful, especially if you are the new pastor! My family sold our home in Fremont, NE and moved to NYA in record time. My first Sunday at Living Rock Church was Sept. 11, 2011. It was the 10th anniversary of 9-11.
When 9-11 happened, my family was in Lancaster, PA — just 100 miles from all three tragic sights. I recall the churches in our city having noon prayer meetings that week — not because pastors were planning them but because the people were gathering. We knew it was time to pray.
Since 9-11, I made it a personal goal to read and study the religion of Islam and understand their book (the Quran) and their man (Mohammed). Even when I was packing boxes in Nebraska, I remember listening to lectures on Islam and Christianity! It is critical to comparing “the book and the man” of Islam and Christianity in order to get the heart of the issues with clarity. This idea was the topic of my first sermon at LRC.
Below is a link to my first message at LRC on Sept. 11, 2011, “The Way of the Cross and The Way of the Sword
On the first Easter, Jesus rose from the dead. But, what does “resurrection” mean?
- The Empty Tomb – The same physical body placed in the tomb permanently vacated it alive three days later (Mt. 28:6).
- Jesus was Raised in “the Flesh” (Acts 2:31 – Jesus said His resurrection body had “flesh and bones” (Lk. 24:39).
- Jesus’ Resurrection Body Had Physical Wounds – Jesus revealed His crucifixion scars to the disciples (Lk. 24:39) and challenged Thomas to touch him (Jn. 20:27).
- Jesus ate Physical Food Four Times after the Resurrection – He offered it as proof He had a real physical body (Lk. 24:30; 24:42-43; Jn. 21:12-13; Acts 1:4).
- Jesus’ Resurrection Body was Touched and Handled – Jesus was touched by Mary (Jn. 20:17), and by the women (Mt. 28:9); He challenged the disciples (Lk. 24:39) and Thomas to feel His wounds (Jn. 20:27).
- The Resurrection Body of Christ could be Seen and Heard – The body of Christ was seen after His resurrection with the naked eye (Mt. 28:17) and heard with natural ears (Jn. 20:15-16).
- The Word “Body” (soma) Always Means Physical Body in N.T. – There are no exceptions to this use of the “body” of an individual in the N.T.
- Only Bodies Rise not Souls – The physical body of Christ died (not his soul). Thus, it was this material body that rose again from the dead (I Cor. 15:3-4).
- The Body “Sown” is the Same Body that is Raised – The same body “sown” in death is the one raised in life (I Cor. 15:35-44).
- Resurrection is From Among (ek) the Dead – This phrase means He was raised from the graveyard (Luke 24:46) where physical corpses are buried (cf. Acts 13:29-30).
- We Will Recognize Our Loved Ones in the New Heaven and Earth – Paul comforts the believers with this anticipation (I Thess. 4:13-18).
- The Resurrection Body is Physically Recognizable – Jesus was recognized in His resurrection body like any other physical body (Mt. 28:7, 17; Mk. 16:7; Lk. 24:24).*
- HOW DO I RESPOND? Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. – John 11:25
“Barely seven weeks after Jesus’ crucifixion, his followers are in the streets at a major Jewish festival proclaiming his resurrection, and thousands of people – almost certainly all devout Jews – are converted. Something very big was going on.” – J. P. Moreland
*Outline from Dr. Norman Geisler
by Pastor Roger Eng
Holiness is a big deal to God. Holiness is the will of God and the goal of God for every Christian. Holiness is not dullness, it is the recreation of the image of God in us. Holiness is vertical and essential to worship and knowing God truly and correctly. Holiness is horizontal and essential in forming moral and healthy relationships. Holiness is internal and necessary for a clear conscience and integrity. Holiness is both negative in putting off sin and positive in putting on Christ. Holiness is an awakening of human ambition and imagination in service to the glory of LORD. The pursuit of holiness is a pursuit of wholeness, happiness, and life’s greatest pleasures. Holiness is a big deal to God and should be a big deal to us.
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” – Ephesians 1:4
You must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:15-16
- Without holiness, there is a hole in my worship.
- Without holiness, there is a hole in my service.
- Without holiness, there is a hole in my character.
- Without holiness, there is a hole in my conscience.
- Without holiness, there is a hole in my ambition.
- Without holiness, there is a hole in my imagination.
- Without holiness, there is a hole in my happiness.
“How little people know who think that holiness is dull.” C. S. Lewis
- Follow the Complete 10-part Nehemiah Sermon Series Here.
- Powerpoint Notes:
- Nehemiah Overview: Here is a great overview of the book of Nehemiah from the Bible Project.
- Nehemiah and Archaeology: “What Nehemiah Saw When he Arrived.” (Lifeway Article)
- Nehemiah and Leadership: “Seven Principles for Every Project“, by Rick Warren