Palm Sunday

Screenshot 2017-04-09 at 1.23.37 PMAs Jesus rode into Jerusalem for the last time, an expectant crowd shouted “Hosannah!” and waved palm branches. Perhaps you are familiar with this story. But do you know why they shouted hosannah? Or what it means? And why were they waving palm branches, does that mean something?

The Old and New Testaments work together to tell one story, and that story is about Jesus. God has a plan, and it’s more than an understatement to say that he knows what he’s doing. Listen to this Palm Sunday sermon as we prepare to celebrate the resurrection.

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Parable of the Wicked Tenants

During the final days before his crucifixion, sometimes called Holy Week referring to the time between Palm Sunday and Easter, Jesus had some important last words for his followers. He also had a few sharply worded exchanges between himself and the Jewish leaders. The Parable of the Wicked Tenants is a brilliant illustration of who Jesus is and also made a prophetic statement about what God was about to do.

Note: For what it’s worth, I really enjoyed preaching this sermon. I can’t take credit for it; what Jesus does in this passage is awesome! -Pastor Clark Bunch

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From Every Nation

This is the Sunday morning sermon from March 26th.

In the Great Commission (Matt 26, Mark 16, Luke 24) and again before his ascent in Acts 1, Jesus told his followers to take the Gospel to all people the world over. In Revelation 7, John beheld a multitude of people beyond number from every nation, people and tongue. We live today in the middle of that story, between the command being given and its fulfillment.

 

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Sow Gospel Seeds

In Mark 4 Jesus shares some now well known parables about sowing and harvesting. Today we relate a couple of those to The Big Invite. Keep sowing Gospel seeds because some will find good soil, take root, and produce much fruit.

 

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Start Your New Beginning

Have you ever heard that in real life there is no reset button? The people who say that mean well but it’s not entirely true. There may be consequences for past actions that we have to deal with and work through; there is no going back and recalling lost years or wasted time. But it’s never too late to begin again. If you don’t like the direction life is heading, it’s never too late to change, to make a fresh start, to turn around.

Marriage counseling and debt relief programs can work on one aspect of a life at a time. Jesus can make lives new again. Bad news on the television represent things going on around us. What about the soul inside of you, how is it doing? Life takes a toll that wears us all down eventually. Just like your phone will die if not plugged in our spirits get drained dealing with the stress of life. Someday this world will end completely. Have you ever thought about what happens next?

You may have seen banners or church signs that say Start Your New Beginning. Someone from our church may have invited you recently or you may you came home to an invitation card hung on the door. Consider responding to that invitation, not to join our church or enroll in Sunday school. Just come on Easter morning. We expect many guests and first time visitors that day, so everyone will be warmly welcomed and there will not be any hoops to jump through. No pressure, just a clear presentation of the Gospel message. No matter what you’ve heard, and there’s a lot of misinformation going around, we’d like to introduce you to Jesus.

Click this link to meet some real people who have already made their new start. We hope to see you soon. Peace and blessings from Unity Baptist.

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Jesus Prayed

Last week I asked “Will you pray?” In Luke 22, Jesus prayed the night he was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was the Son of God, incarnate deity himself robed in flesh, yet made it a regular habit of praying. On this night he prayed until his sweat became great drops of blood. Jesus had a very healthy and active prayer life. Let us follow his example.

 

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Will You Pray?

March 5th – 12th is the Week of Prayer for North American Missions. Prayer gives us focus. There are so many voices competing for our attention. Among other things, prayer gives us a moment of clarity as remove all distractions and focus on speaking to and listening to the Holy Spirit.

Pictured below are the missionaries featured in our prayer guide.  Click here for more.

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Walk in Love III

Part 3 of the Walk in Love series. In Matthew 22, Jesus responds to the question of the greatest commandment.

 

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Walk in Love II

Ephesians 5 is about the love between a husband and wife, as an analogy for Christ and the Church. 1 John 4, the text for sermon 2 in this series, is about the love believers have for one another and extend to all people made in God’s image. We love because God first loved us.

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Walk in Love

 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. -Ephesians 5:31-32

The New Testament uses marriage to illustrate the relationship between Christ and his church. Paul writes to the Ephesians commanding husbands to love their wives the way Christ loves the church. We are told in 5:2 to “walk in love.”

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