Summary: Palm Sunday Message from NewSong 2008

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“Holy Week: Don’t Lose Faith”

Palm Sunday

NewSong Church – 03/16/08

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Intro to Holy Week

Holy Week is...

• a time of deep reflection

• observation of & participation in the events of Jesus life in his last week

• a process of evaluation: who do we believe Jesus to be

• Do we know Him?

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I Peter 1:6-9

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

Peter knows about faith that withstands trial and hardship and adversity.

He knows that faith must be able to stand up to difficulty.

He knows what it means to have faith in hard times.

He knows that for faith to be strong in those times, it must be developed.

Genuine faith is developed through relationship

**Examples of faith in someone, or someone’s faith in you**

Palm Sunday

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John 12:12-19, 37

The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said: “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt.”

His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him. Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others about it. That was the reason so many went out to meet him—because they had heard about this miraculous sign.

Then the Pharisees said to each other, “There’s nothing we can do. Look, everyone has gone after him!” But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him.

Life is Good

The Coming King

• The Fans

• The Friends

• The Christ

Flash-Forward: 3 Upper-Room Conversations

“Know Who He Is”

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John 14:1-9

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

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