Jacksonville Passion Play 2016

Featuring a choir, cast, and orchestra of more than 400, the 2016 Jacksonville Passion Play encompasses the entire story of redemption, beginning with Creation.


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Paul Rejected and stoned

Acts 14:19-20..19 But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. 20 But while the disciples stood around him, he got up and entered the city. The next day he went away with Barnabas to Derbe.

Paul was left for dead–the disciples stood around him undoubtedly praying– and he got up and went back to proclaiming the gospel. This was some type of miraculous healing. There are two kinds of prayers [1] when we know the will of God as received from the word of God and confirmed by the Holy Spirit. We can pray this prayer confidently. A And [2] when we do not know the will of God; while praying fervently with perseverance, we must include “Your will be done” in these prayers. There are three kinds of answers from God, [1] yes, [2] no, and [3] later. All answers are supernatural miracles from and the all-hearing, all-present, all-powerful and all-wise God who knows what is best for each disciple in the light of eternity.

The pattern of successful preaching followed by great division in the community was repeated throughout Paul’s ministry. [Acts 13:48-50]; Paul moved to the next place and kept preaching. [Acts 14:6-7,14:19-22]

Paul later described the many physical attacks he received for proclaiming the gospel yet he kept proclaiming Jesus until Nero took his life.  “24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.” B  Paul never quit proclaiming Jesus!

 What can I learn from Paul’s response that might help me deal with efforts to discredit or quiet the gospel message today?

Notes: A- 1 John 5:13-15;  2 Corinthians 11:24-25

Henry Luke 12/16/2017

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The Resurrection occurred on the anniversary of the ark landing on Mount Ararat

“And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.” (Genesis 8:4)

The date in when Noah’s ark touched down on earth is important. The calendar was changed by God at the time of the Passover. “The seventh month became the first month (Exodus 12:2), and the Passover was to be observed on the fourteenth day of that month (v. 6) each year following. “Christ our passover” (1 Corinthians 5:7) was sacrificed for us on that day (John 19:14) and rose again the third day, the seventeenth day of the first (formerly the seventh) month.

This was the anniversary of the landing of Noah’s Ark on the mountains of Ararat, providing its inhabitants new life following judgment of the world and its destruction because of sin.” A

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Being Christian in a Corrupted Culture By Dr. Mac Brunson

A sermon series from 1 Thessalonians

First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida Click Sermon series

Henry Luke 12/6/2017

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Winter 2016-2017 Scripture Memory [Best verses for each week]

#1- 12/3/2017- Acts 13:38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him a forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, [a- Jesus]

#2- 12/10/2017- Acts 14:19-20a..19 But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. 20a But while the disciples stood around him, he got up and entered the city.

Henry Luke

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Jesus Resurrected

 Acts 13:30-37.. 30 But God raised Him from the dead;  31 and for many days He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now His witnesses to the people. 32 And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers, 33a that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus,

Paul began by presenting the fact that many people had witnessed Jesus alive in the 40 days between His resurrection and ascension. Jesus’ resurrection from the grave was documented 14 times in Scripture written 40-69 AD and once more after 90 AD.  The five underlined witnesses wrote 22 of the 27 books in the New Testament.

  1. Mary Magdalene: Mark 16:9; John 20:11-18
  2. Women returning from the tomb: Matthew 28:1, 9,10
  3.  Peter later in the day: Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5
  4. The Emmaus disciples: Luke 24:13-32
  5. The apostles without Thomas present: Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-25
  6. The apostles with Thomas present: John 20:26-29
  7.  The seven disciples by the Lake of Tiberias or Sea of Galilee: John 21:1-238.
  8. To 500+ believers 1 Corinthians 15:5-69.
  9. James half-brother of Jesus: 1 Corinthians  15:7
  10. To 11 disciples Peter, Andrew, James son of Zebedee, John, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus & Simon : Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:14-18
  11. At the ascension: Acts 1:3-12; Luke 24:44-53
  12. Paul: Acts 9:3-6; 1 Corinthians 15:8;
  13.  Stephen: Acts 7:55
  14. Paul in the temple: Acts 22:17-21 and in the barracks Acts 23:11
  15.  John on Patmos: Revelation 1:10-19 [after 70 AD by eye-witness John]

The resurrection changed the lives of the witnesses: Ten of the original disciples died martyr’s deaths based on their absolute certainty of Jesus’ resurrection. Before the resurrection, these men fled in fear! Peter denied knowing Jesus 3 times outside the trial of Jesus. After the resurrection, “boldness unto death” seized their hearts. They were completely transformed by what they witnessed. A

Paul then turned to his audience of Jews by referring to the prophecies of the resurrection in the Old Testament and said God had fulfilled them in Jesus. These scriptures might be subject to interpretation by themselves but Paul inspired by God said they referred to the resurrection of Jesus. In v.33–Psalm 2:7; v.34–Isaiah 55:3; v.35–Psalm 16:10 and vv.35-36 Paul indicated that David did not fulfill the prophecy of Psalm 16:10b; after serving his generation; David died, was buried, and underwent decay, however the one who God raised up did not decay.

The eyewitnesses and the Old Testament Scriptures together give us confidence in the resurrection today.

Notes: A- For other proofs of the resurrection click here.

Henry Luke 12/8/2017

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Jesus Crucified According to the Scriptures

Acts 13:23-29..  23b God has brought to Israel a  Savior, Jesus, 26 Brethren, sons of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent27 For those who live in Jerusalem, and their rulers, recognizing neither Him nor the utterances of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him. 28 And though they found no ground for putting Him to death, they asked Pilate that He be executed. 29 When they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb.

On their missionary journey Paul and Barnabas arrived at Antioch of Pisidia and “on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.”  A Paul came into a new city and went to the local synagogue to begin by proclaiming Jesus to his brethren, sons of Abraham’s family and God fearers. Vv.14-25 Paul gave a brief history from Abraham to John the Baptist who proclaimed the coming of the Messiah, Jesus.

Paul was very direct with his brethren and those who fear God by saying “the message of salvation has been sent.” Paul did not bring a message of deliverance from Rome, but a message of deliverance from sin. Paul had identified the Savior in v.23 God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus”.  However, the leaders and people in Jerusalem did not recognize Jesus as the Son of God nor did they recognize the prophecies about Him that they heard read every Sabbath day.

Therefore they fulfilled them by condemning Jesus, tried Him in a series of illegal trials. They found no evidence against Him but found Him guilty of blasphemy based on His testimony that He was the Son of God. It was illegal under Jewish law to convict a person by his testimony alone, but they ask Pilate to execute Jesus by crucifixion for treason against Rome. B On Passover day C they crucified Jesus D and the Romans guards certified that He was dead. Before sundown His friends buried Him in the borrowed tomb of a believer who was a rich member of the Sanhedrin.

Have you ever considered the question “Who Killed Jesus?” There is enough evidence to indict the whole human race, including you and me, Satan and God the Father. E

Does it surprise you that those who knew the prophecies of the Messiah were the ones who handed Him over to Pilate for execution? Why do people today with even greater knowledge available still reject the offer of Jesus of forgiveness and eternal life?

Notes: A- Acts 13:14-25; B- For “Six trials of Jesus” click here; C-  Passover day began at sundown Thursday night and ended Friday night. D- For “The order of events and the sayings of Jesus from the cross” click here; E- For “Who killed Jesus?” click here.

Henry Luke 12/7/2017

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