Sermon Notes for April 5th

3 Crosses

PALM SUNDAY Sermon notes/Small group guide

What have you done this week that was new/fun/unexpected? (nothing is an acceptable answer)



Review the responses of the other two criminals (Luke 23:39-42).

What lesson stands out most from them? What are you working on the most – fighting any hate or finding humility and hope?


Jim suggested listening to a video (“Remember Me” by Mark Schultz) while looking at pictures from Daisy Wright. Are there people you are remembering who you miss or should reach out to?


What does Jesus offer to us that the world can’t? (John 3:16)

What are examples of kinds of “Kings” that world follow? What do they have to offer?

What might the first Palm Sunday crowd have expected from a King? Were they disappointed in Jesus?


Today we are “staying at home” because of a Corona Virus, Covid 19.  What does “Corona” mean?


What kind of crown did Jesus wear on the cross? What does it mean for us to follow Jesus as our King?

Read James 1:12 – share any trials or tests you face and what you need to persevere and see victory.


         Sermon Notes  for March29th


3 Crosses                       Luke 23:39-43

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”


1. He Rebuked and Repented

       - This criminal had a far different response to his situation.

       - What can we learn from his response?




2. He had Humility for Christ’s Holiness

       - This criminal recognized his own guilt and that Jesus had done nothing wrong.

       - When we ponder the perfection of God what happens to any self-rightouseness?


Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


John 18:38

“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.



3. His Request was to be Remembered

       - The last thing we know this criminal did was ask Jesus to remember him. How do you feel about “last-minute” conversions?

       - Have you ever asked Jesus to “remember you”? What else is involved for a person when they pray to receive Jesus as their Savior?


The Rev. Billy Graham says

"For one thing, we can't truly receive Christ without sincerely repenting of our sins. But if he's unwilling to do that now, what reason does he have for thinking he'll be willing to do it later?"


Ephesians 1:16   I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

Philippians 1:3  I thank my God every time I remember you.