Four days. It can be a short window of time, or it can seem like the longest period of time in the world. It depends on what is going on during those days.
Our current sermon series, entitled Four Days, is based on the account given in scripture of the death of Lazarus, who was a brother to Mary and Martha, and a personal friend to Jesus. When Jesus stood before that tomb and called Lazarus back to life, Lazarus had been dead and buried for four days. Those days were filled with things that show us more of what it means to believe, trust, and follow Jesus Christ. Together, we will learn some of those things over several weeks walking through the story provided in John 11.
The series will deal with four common questions we all ask of God during times of hardship and difficulty:
- Do You Even Care? - When Jesus is told the news of Lazarus' illness, he calmly responds that this illness will not lead to death. No panic. No sense of urgent concern.
- What Are You Waiting For? - Jesus determines to go to Bethany and check on Lazarus, Mary and Martha, but in no particular hurry. He delays the trip two days!
- Where Have You Been? - When Jesus finally arrives in Bethany, both Mary and Martha express firm belief that if Jesus had only been there Lazarus would not have died.
- What Are You Doing? - When Jesus stood in front of the tomb of Lazarus and told them to open the tomb, the family challenged Jesus' instruction saying, "He's been dead four days. By now he will stink." In other words, "It's too late now!"
How will God speak to you through this time in John 11? What does He have for you? Join us Sundays during the 8:30 and 11:00 services to find out!
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