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Jim Somerville’s All-Time Favorite Easter Sermons

Easter is the “Superbowl of the Preaching Season.”  It’s the day when you really need to be at your best.  But even as you step to the pulpit you know you are at a disadvantage: everybody already knows what you’re going to say.

It’s true, isn’t it? 

The good news of Easter is always the same: “Christ is risen, Hallelujah!” It’s good, but after 2000 years it is hardly news.  What can the preacher do to make that ancient truth fresh and relevant?

Jim Somerville believes that limitation inspires creativity, and feels that some of his best preaching has come out of the struggle to make the good news of Easter both good and new.  The Easter sermons in this collection—originally preached while he was pastor of First Baptist Church, Washington, DC—relate the Resurrection to science, technology, time, and nature.

These sermons are for preachers only, intended to engage the imagination and prime the homiletical pump in time for Easter, 2013.  They are ABSOLUTLEY FREE for both viewing and showing, a gift from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.  A “bonus reel” includes a sermon for the first Sunday after Easter, typically a low-attendance Sunday in church, and maybe the perfect time for the weary preacher to take a day off and let someone else do the job, even if he does it by video.

  • “Dying for Resurrection,” (originally preached on Easter      Sunday, 2001)
  • “Rewind the Tape!” (Easter Sunday, 2002)
  • “The Resurrection Project,” (Easter Sunday, 2004)
  • “Lucky You!” (First Sunday after Easter, 2004)


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    What is the meaning of calling on the name of the Lord? Many assume that believing in Jesus and saying a form of a sinner’s prayer constitutes, calling on the name of the Lord. The problem with that theory is none of the conversions under the New Covenant support that assumption. Not one time is anyone ever told to believe and say the sinner’s prayer in order to be saved.

    The apostle Peter on the Day of Pentecost quoted the prophet Joel, Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (NKJV)

    The apostle Peter preached the first gospel sermon under the New Covenant. Peter did not tell the 3000 converts to believe and say the sinner’s prayer.

    Peter preached the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. He preached Jesus as both Lord and Christ. When they heard this they asked Peter and the rest of the brethren what they should do?(Acts 2:22-37) Peter told them what to do. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)

    How did the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost call on the name of the Lord and become saved?
    1. They believed that Jesus was both Lord and Christ.
    2. They believed that God raised Jesus from the grave.
    3. They repented. Repentance is a change of heart. Repentance means to be converted so that God may forgive your sins. Repentance is to make the intellectual commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God. (Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38)
    4. They were immersed in water (baptized) so that their sins could be forgiven.

    How did the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost not call on the name of the Lord?
    1. They did not say a sinner’s prayer.
    2. Not one person was asked to pray for forgiveness.
    3. Not one single man was told to be baptized as a testimony of his faith.
    4. No one was told that water baptism was a just an act of obedience.
    5. No one was informed they were saved the very minute they believed.
    6. Not one person was told that water baptism was not essential for the forgiveness of sins.
    7. Not one person was told to be baptized so they could join a denominational church.

    Jesus said he that believes and is baptized shall be saved. (Mark 16″16) Jesus did not say he who believes and says a sinner’s prayer shall be saved.

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