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Mar 31

Chronological Reading of Passion Week

2010 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: Sermon Follow-Up,This Sunday

I know it’s the middle, and not the beginning, of Passion Week, but if you’re still looking for some guidance on where to read to follow the passion narrative, the below might help.

Tonight (Wednesday, 6:30PM), we meet together for our monthly Lord’s Supper. We’ll read, think, and pray about the events that happened on Thursday of the Passion Week. (Sorry if it’s confusing to talk about Thursday on Wednesday, but I think it’ll be best for us to think about the first Lord’s Supper at our usual Lord’s Supper service.) Hope to see you tonight, as well as Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.

Saturday Arrival in Bethany, Anointed by Mary John 11:55-12:8
Sunday Crowd came to see Jesus John 12:9-11
Monday Triumphal Entry Matthew 21:1-17; Luke 19:39-44
Tuesday Cleansing of Temple, Fig Tree Cursed Mark 11:12-26
Wednesday Temple Controversy, Olivet Discourse Matthew 21:23-25:46
Thursday Last Supper, Betrayal, Trial Before Annas and Caiaphas Luke 22:7-65; John 13:1-38, 18:2-27
Friday Trials; Crucified and Buried Matthew 27:1-60; John 18:28-19:42
Saturday Dead in Tomb
Sunday Resurrected Matthew 28:1-15; Luke 24:1-35

– Adapted from Harold W. Hoehner, “Chronology,” Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, p. 120.

Mar 25

Passion Week Messages

2010 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: Sermons,This Sunday

Starting with Palm Sunday, this coming Sunday, we begin what is historically known as Passion Week. It is a remembrance of the passion of Christ in the week leading up to his death and resurrection. This year we have a unique opportunity to do this as a church, because our monthly Lord’s Supper falls on this week. In other words, we have an extra service in the middle of the Passion Week to help walk ourselves through the narrative: the triumphal entry, the cleansing of the Temple, the Passover/Last Supper, the betrayal and trial, the crucifixion and death, and the resurrection. Yes, it makes for a busy week with services on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, but let’s see that as a helpful opportunity…and not at all as drudgery.

We’ll stay in our Luke series through it all (jumping ahead a bit for the next week or so, and then back to chapter 18 to finish the book). So the schedule and Scripture references for the next week look like this:

– 3/28, Palm Sunday (9:00 and 10:45AM) – The Triumphal Entry (Luke 19:28-44)

– 3/31, Wednesday Lord’s Supper (6:30PM) – The Passover Meal (Luke 22:1-38)

– 4/2, Good Friday (6:30PM) – The Trial and Crucifixion (Luke 22:39 – 23:56)

– 4/4, Easter Sunday (7:30, 9:00, and 10:45AM) – The Resurrection (Luke 24)

Hope you’ll invite a friend (or more) to one of these (or more). Pray that God would meet with us in power, truth, glory, and love as he spreads the aroma of death and the aroma of life (2 Cor 2) in and through us.

Mar 20

Jesus is Coming this Sunday

2010 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: This Sunday

No, that’s not a prediction; it’s just a note on the topic for this Sunday’s message in Luke. We’ll look at two different passages, because, though they’re separated by a few chapters, they talk about the same thing: When will the kingdom come? When is the end? When will Jesus return?

Especially because this is a thorny issue, and because the passages are a bit longer than most week’s, please take time to read through, maybe even pray through, the two passages for this Sunday: Luke 17:20-37 and 21:15-36.

Looking forward to praying, singing, studying, and communing with the body at Desert Springs. May God do his work and get his glory!

Feb 18

Sunday: State of the CommUnion

2010 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: This Sunday,Vision

Once a year we, as a church, take a Sunday morning to look back on the last year and look forward to the next. It’s similar to the President’s State of the Union address. But because the church isn’t a union, but a community, and in communion with Christ, we call it the State of the CommUnion (yeah, we know it’s kind of hokey, but after a few years it just kind of stuck).

It’s not a usual Sunday for us, and not a usual sermon for me. We usually spend more time talking about “who we are” and “where we’re going” than just what a certain passage says. The passage we’ll look at this Sunday is Acts 2:41-47. We’ll spend time talking about what it means, but we’ll also spend time “bragging on God” for what he’s done in our midst in the last year. We’ll take time to talk about what we see on the horizon for the next year — some things you’ll have heard just a bit about and some will be new to you. I’ll tell you things that have come out of hours and hours of some recent elders meetings on vision, communication, and planning — some things we’re very excited about and sense that God is in.

In short, it’s a time for a locker room talk, a family meeting. And because I love my team, my family, I love these Sundays.

As was mentioned on this past Sunday, remember that this coming Sunday we will also be having special prayer times during each of the services — either in the West Wing at 9:00 AM or in the Conference Room at 11:00 AM. Please plan to attend one of the services and the opposite prayer time, if you’re able to do both.

Want to listen to last year’s State of the CommUnion message? Stop the clamouring. It’s right here.

Jan 29

Sunday: Back to Luke

2010 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: Sermons,This Sunday

I’m excited to get back to our study of Luke’s gospel account this Sunday. Luke 16:1-15 will be our passage. Let me encourage you to take the time to read it and perhaps pray through it before Sunday AM.

I believe verses 1-9 contain one of the most complicated parables Jesus gave. To be honest, I’ve had some trepidation about preaching this passage for a while now. But there’s no avoiding it. Preaching through books of the Bible forces a preacher to deal with passages that he wouldn’t go out of his way to preach — either because they’re hard to understand, or hard to hear, or seem unspectacular, or redundant. I believe God has purposes for us this Sunday in this passage. He sends His Word out and it will accomplish exactly what He intends for it to accomplish (Isa. 55). So let’s assemble on Sunday with eagerness to wrestle with a tough parable and be changed by it.

Oct 8

Adoption Sunday

2009 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: Sermons,This Sunday

This Sunday, Zach Nielsen will be preaching for us, as we consider:

  • our spiritual adoption in Christ
  • the church’s call to care for orphans
  • opportunities for adoption and orphan care in and through DSC

Zach put together this touching and encouraging video. Towards the end, it shows the families at DSC who have adopted or are making plans to do so. Praise God for his goodness in the love and care shown through so many in our body!

DSC Video For Orphan Care Sunday from Zach Nielsen on Vimeo.

Sep 18

Next Sunday: Luke 12:1-34, Take Two

2009 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: Sermons,This Sunday

As I mentioned in last Sunday’s sermon, the next week will cover the same verses in a slightly different way.

Last Sunday we looked at the general principles in the passage:

  • Don’t Worry about People
  • Don’t Worry about Possessions
  • Don’t Wonder about His Promises
  • Don’t Wonder about “Priorities”–Seek His Kingdom

This coming Sunday we will focus in on how we seek God’s kingdom, specifically

  • …with our Speech (vss 4-12)
  • …with our Stuff (vss 13-34)

If you didn’t hear last Sunday’s message, especially because it is the first-half of a two-parter, take some time before this Sunday to listen to it. And whether you heard the message last Sunday or not, please take the time to read through the verses again before we meet for corporate worship on Sunday AM.

Looking forward to seeing you and worshipping our great God and Savior with you on this next Lord’s Day. May God’s goodness and nearness and power and truth be evident!