The message this week is about the power of God’s love. A love that is not afraid to be in the presence of brokenness. A love that is not afraid to walk in darkness. A love that is not afraid to confront the stench of death.
Outside the tomb of his friend Lazarus, Jesus says, “Take away the stone.” If there was a stone that needed to be moved in your life right now, what would it be? If there is a boulder keeping out love, what is it? Is it addiction? Is it hate? Is it refusing love? Is it fear of change? What is it that is keeping you from the love of God?
“Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days’.” The King James Version says, “He stinketh!” Who do you know that is living in the stench of death? Do you have a family member that is trapped in a cycle of death? Do you have a friend that you have written off? You know what it is like. We say things like, “there is no hope,” or “they are too far gone,” or “they stinketh.”
We’re going to talk about the love of God and how powerfully it was on display in Jesus. You will also hear how that love is still active today for all of us! The message from John 11:1-44 is called I am the Resurrection and the Life. Bring a friend!