Topic: Sunday Message Verse: John 12:1–12:6, Matthew 26:14–26:16, Matthew 26:20–26:25, Matthew 27:1–27:5
1948 - 91% of Americans identified as "Christian"
2007 - 78.4% of Americans identified as "Christian"
2014 - 70.6% of Americans identified as "Christian"
THE REASON OF THE "NONE"S
1. They ask FACT based questions, but only get FAITH based answers.
2. There is a deep sense of disappointment with the church or God or faith or Jesus in their lives.
John 12:1-6 NIV
1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
Matthew 26:14-16 NIV
14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
Why, Judas? Why?
AVARICE - Greed for wealth
ANGER - Jealous of other disciples
Matthew 26:20-25 NIV
20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?” 23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” 25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”Jesus answered, “You have said so.”
Matthew 27:1-5 NIV
1 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. 2 So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor. 3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. 4 “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” 5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
When I'm Disappointed with God... QUESTION, don't QUIT; WRESTLE, don't WALK AWAY.
4 THINGS WE DO WITH DISAPPOINTMENT:
for more information on how to deal with doubt in your faith or the temptation to walk away from your faith, go to www.whoneedsgod.com and watch through Andy Stanley's teaching series titled "WHO NEEDS GOD." This is an incredible resource that will deepen your faith and trust in the God who created you.
Next Week (Sunday, April 2)
Next Sunday, April 2, we'll continue our series, Crossroads, the place where our story meets His story. We'll look at how the lives of other people intersected with Jesus in the final hours of His life. Join us as Pastor Adam shares with us the story of Peter.
Join us as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! We will have four services on Easter Sunday, April 16, at 8:00am; 9:30am; 11:00am; and 12:30pm. The services are identical and will last for an hour. We will also have programs for children ages birth through Pre-K in our TotTown area.
On Thursday night, April 13, at 6:00pm and 7:30pm, we will have our Maundy Thursday Communion Services. This is our worship opportunity to solemnly reflect on the suffering and crucifixion of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The services are identical and will last for an hour. Children's Ministries will be open for the 6:00pm service.