Highland Park Baptist Church

Dead to Alive

July 25th, 2013 | Posted by bvosler in Student Ministries

There is a good chance that you have heard a story or two about people who claim to have been to heaven and back. Television news and book publishers always seem to latch on to anyone who claims they have seen “the great white light” as they were pronounced dead and then miraculously brought back to life.

While I really don’t have much to say about the validity of these claims, I do know that it is an absolutely captivating story. Of course people flock to anyone with a story of what its like to be dead and then alive again! Its what the whole world is asking!

What’s amazing is that if you are a Christian, this is part of your story. You get to tell people about what its like to go from dead to alive. This happened to you.

The scripture that talks about this is overwhelmingly beautiful and powerful! So much so, that I am just going to get out of the way and let you read it for yourself and let the Spirit speak this truth to you. But before I do, can I challenge you to not just let this encourage you (although I hope it does), but also allow it to encourage those around you? Your testimony is one of the most captivating stories of all time. You went from dead to alive. That is a miracle.

Romans 6:1-6 ” What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.”

Luke 15:24 (Parable of the prodigal son) “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.”

Ephesians 2:1-7 “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience -among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 2:13-15 “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”

-Brantley Vosler

Stumin Worship Director

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