River Rock Church, Rockford MI
Easter Series //
River Rock Church is a Christian Reformed Church located in the quaint town of Rockford, Michigan. Their Easter 2014 Sermon Series "Broken: Beautiful" communicates the following message: "Easter is good news to people who admit they are broken and who see the brokenness around them. Without that, the resurrection of Jesus seems distant and Easter feels shallow. But, if you can sense the brokenness, you’ll get excited about the beauty of Easter. This series is about Four Broken Things in the Holy week story that reveal four beautiful things, if you have a heart to receive them." – Pastor Jon Huizenga
Core Sermons //
APRIL 6 // BROKEN JAR OF PERFUME — MARK 14:1-11
A woman, who likely knows brokenness, breaks a jar of perfume and pours it on Jesus’ head. This happens at the home of a man knows as “Simon the Leper”. There is beauty in that broken jar pointing to Jesus’ beauty, kingship, and sacrifice for you.
APRIL 13 PALM SUNDAY // BROKEN TEMPLE CURTAIN — MARK 15:33-41
When Jesus dies “the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom”. This curtain kept unholy people away from a holy God. The beauty is in the fact that, in Jesus, you can burst through that divider into the arms of God.
APRIL 20 SUNRISE SERVICE // BROKEN PIECE OF BREAD —MARK 14:12-26
At “the Last Supper” Jesus took bread and broke it, then said, “Take it; this is my body”. That beautiful broken thing has been celebrated ever since, around the world and across the ages. Along with the wine, it is a picture of union with Jesus Christ through his given body and shed blood.
APRIL 20 EASTER SERVICE // BROKEN TOMB SEAL — MARK 16:1-8 AND MATTHEW 27:66
On the way to the tomb, a group of women realize they have a problem: “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” Matthew says that Jesus’ enemies had made the tomb secure by “putting a seal on the stone and posting a guard”. When the women arrive, there is a big surprise. It is a beautiful one for people bothered by brokenness. We will party because of that broken tomb seal.