The Hero Rises | Les Newsom

Scripture Reference: Matthew 27:62-28:15

Progressive commentators have said that it is unimportant whether or not Jesus actually rose from the dead. Nothing could be further from the truth. The facts surrounding the mountain of hard evidence for Jesus’ bodily resurrection not only establish its importance, but rescues human hope as well.

Sermon Points:

  • The Evidence
  • The Verdict

The Hero Dies | Les Newsom

Scripture Reference: Matthew 27:32-54

The most transformative events in our lives are when victory is snatched from the jaws of defeat. The Cross of Jesus is a profoundly ironic twist of fate that has changed the hearts of Jesus’ followers since the day he “yielded up his spirit” and died. “Why?” will be our question this morning.

Sermon Points:

  • The Ironic Antagonism
  • The Vicarious Abandonment
  • The Explosive Outbreaking

The Hero On Trial | Brian Sorgenfrei

Scripture Reference: Matthew 27:1-2, 11-26

The hero, Jesus, is accused of treason. Amidst the trial, we see interactions between the hero, Pontius Pilate, a criminal named Barabbas, and the crowds. All of these interactions reveal the character Jesus and the way He will save and restore. Our hero will be a suffering servant, healing the world by taking what He does not deserve.

Sermon Points:

  • The Hero & Pilate
  • The Hero & Barabbas
  • The Hero & the Crowds

The Hero Collapses | Les Newsom

Scripture Reference: Matthew 26:30-46

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus experiences a powerful and puzzling emotional breakdown. There on the Garden floor he cries out with a passion that shows exactly what it cost him to love his people the way in which the Cross would ask him to do.

Sermon Points:

  • Pain in the Cup
  • Pain from his Friends

The Hero Eats With Us | Les Newsom

Scripture Reference: Matthew 26:17-29

What a strange scene with Jesus sitting with his disciples (including his betrayer) and having a meal to commemorate what was about to him on the Cross. Why would he do that and what that means for how WE take Communion in our day is our topic this morning.

Sermon Points:

  • Passover Past
  • Passover Present
  • Passover Future