Oasis Lazarus Grief x

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3 of 4 Easter Series at Tabernacle Baptist Church 2011

Text of Oasis Lazarus Grief x

  • 1. Beauty from AshesJohn 11:1-46
    Comforting those dealing with the pain of lifes disappointments

2. Introduction
Oasis is a place of comfort and security
It is a very welcome site in times of storm
It does not seek to minimize the reality of the storm, just the damage
3. Introduction
Grief is a common response to the loss of something very important to you
Death of a loved one
Broken marriage, relationship
Firing, downsizing, laid off from job
Failure of a dream
Economic setbacks
Grief is very painful.
4. Introduction
We do not have to grieve like the unsaved do
1 Thes. 4:13
2 Cor. 1:4-6
In the resurrected Christ,
there is relief from pointless pain
5. The Bethany Story
Lazarus was very sick (11:1-2)
Jesus was not in Bethany (11:3-16)
Lazarus died and was buried (11:17)
Lazarus was loved and mourned by many (11:18-37)
6. BAD
WORSE
7. Short Circuits
1. God is too late.
The best time to respond is past
Now, it is a full blown crisis!
8. Short Circuits
2. God isnt in charge of my life.
God could have stopped this, but He didnt
Has He just set me adrift in the universe?
9. Short Circuits
3. God doesnt care about me.
God could fix this situation, but He isnt
Why bother praying? prayer doesnt change anything
10. Short Circuits
4. Big Christian boys and girls dont cry when it hurts.
There is a band-aid verse for this
Crying shows a lack of faith
11. The Bethany Story
Lazarus was very sick (11:1-2)
Jesus was not in Bethany (11:3-16)
Lazarus died and was buried (11:17)
Lazarus was loved and mourned by many (11:18-37)
Lazarus was raised from the dead (11:38-46)
12. Oasis Creation
Minister comfort to hurting people
Acknowledge the value of the loss
Affirm Gods love for them and His presence with them
Reassure them that there is a greater purpose
Pray with them