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Easter Sunday message from Pastor Richard van Lieshout.

Jesus and the raising of Lazarus.



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“The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice” (John 10:3-4)

Principle:

Instead of individual autonomy in making decisions, we actively seek the will of God. This means:

  • Reflective attention to promptings
  • Intelligent alertness to circumstances
  • Careful application of the word

Habit:

Habit 7: As a baseline, we commit to daily prayer, and at times of major decisions, making every effort not to proceed until we have actively submitted our own desires about the decision fully to the will of God.
Habit 8: Fasting as a regular discipline, and especially at times when we need discernment and guidance.

Prayer:
Jesus our King we renounce our autonomy and self-sovereignty and submit our dreams, desires and ultimately our will to yours. Help us to live our ordinary daily lives in accordance with your will, by teaching us to know your voice, and granting us the courage to obey



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Jesus meets with doubting Thomas (John 20)
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

How many of you were given a nickname at school? I remember a boy in my Grade 5 class standing in line to get his book marked when suddenly he wet his pants and everyone started laughing at him. He was given a nickname which he carried all the way to the end of High School. One mistake can get you labelled for life! That’s what happened with one of the disciples
of Jesus.

When I say the name, “Thomas” what nickname springs to mind – “Doubting Thomas”. He’s been wearing this label for 2000 years – you’ll even find “Doubting Thomas” listed in the English dictionary. But “Doubting Thomas” is the definition of all of us.

We come to the 7th and final message in our series: People Jesus Met. Jesus meets Thomas at his point of doubt.

Jesus has been crucified on the cross and buried in a tomb. Miraculously, Jesus rises from the dead on Easter Sunday and appears to the disciples as they gather together, but Thomas isn’t there. So when the other apostles tell him that they have seen the Lord, he refuses to believe them.



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Jesus is the spring of living water – whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:1-42)



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If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7



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Dr Nate Schluter is the Founder and Principal of The Johannesburg Bible College



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What makes a Christian community different from every other community? Jesus speaks into this exact question with what He calls the New Commandment. John 13:34-35



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From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:16-17)