3 Parts | By: Ed Young
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October 27, 2013
When it comes to zombies, they aren’t just on the big screen or the popular TV shows. They are everywhere. Chances are good that we all know one; we may even be one. But the great news is that we can all wake up from this zombie-like existence.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young shows us the reality of zombies in our lives today. By looking at the very first zombie ever recorded in Scripture, he helps us discover the keys to waking up and discovering the joy of truly living.
You might be seated next to a zombie but you don’t even know it. Or maybe you do know it. That’s right, there are some zombies in our midst. That’s why I’m starting a series today called Walking Dead. It’s a very popular television show. People love Walking Dead. It’s like the zombie is the hip monster. The zombie is the hipster these days. Back in the day it was the werewolf, maybe it was Frankenstein, a few years ago the vampire, now it’s the zombie. And we’re always talking about zombies and zombie lifestyle and zombie-ology. Well, today we’re going to look at a zombie in the Bible.
Now most of you, when you think about zombies, you think about something gruesome or gross, some monster that’s moving slowly through life, aimlessly wandering around, having no clue where to go. That’s a zombie but a real zombie is someone who moves very slowly and who is unaware of what’s happening, especially it’s someone who is very tired. That’s what the dictionary says. And we use the term zombie a lot. We go, “Man, if I don't get my sleep tomorrow I’ll be a zombie.” Or we go, “You know, I walked into my classroom and as I began to teach it was like I was talking to a bunch of zombies!” “When he heard the news he was like a zombie.” “Look at that wide receiver! I mean, the ball was thrown right to him. It was like he was a zombie.” So again, a lot of us in this place are probably seated next to zombies and we don’t even know it. Then again, some of us maybe do know it.
We’re gonna talk about the walking dead. We’re gonna talk about a zombie, because zombies are in the church. Zombies are everywhere we look. And here’s the thing about being a zombie. Those who are zombies so often don’t even know they’re zombies until they’re reminded they are zombies. In other words, those people who are asleep don’t realize they’ve been asleep until they’ve woken up. Then once you wake up you go, wow, dude! I was asleep! That’s like people who snore. You don’t know you snore, people tell you, “Hey man, you snore!” “Girl, you snore like a chainsaw!” You don’t know it until people tell you.
Well, I’m here to remind all of us not to be a zombie. I’m here to give us some zombie-ology over the next several weeks as we look and see what the Bible says about people who move very slowly. About people who aren’t really aware of what’s happening. I’m talking about people who live life who are very, very tired.
This first zombie is a cat who has a unique name. Let me read a little bit about him. Acts 20:7-9. This is over in the New Testament. You can follow along with me. “On the first day of the week…”
That’s interesting. The church met on the first day of the week. Sunday is the first day of the week, the day of the resurrection. God is a God, we know, of the first. The first day of the week. We give him the first day of the week, he blesses the rest. We give him the first portion of our income, he blesses the rest. We give him the first part of the day, he blesses the rest.
November 3, 2013
We’ve all been there at some point. The reality is, there comes a time when we look around and all we see is helplessness and hopelessness. It’s our very own Death Valley.
In this powerful message, Pastor Ed Young helps us all discover that no matter what situation we are in; no matter how hopeless or helpless the situation may seem, God can always resurrect us and help us experience life in the face of death.
The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, and say to it, ‘Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
I’ve always been intrigued by skeletons. I remember the first time I ever saw a skeleton. I was maybe 4-5 years old and a young lady was baby-sitting me. She went to a local high school and she took me to her biology class to meet some people and in the corner there was this large skeleton. And I remember looking at it and getting rather frightened because a skeleton is sort of creepy. It’s eerie. We all realize that we’re skeletons. Beneath our skin we have all the bones. And I’ve read that the human body has over 200 different bones.
The thing that’s unique about a skeleton is that you cannot tell by a skeleton if the skeleton, when it was a person, was rich or poor. You can’t tell how many followers the skeleton had on Twitter. You can’t tell if he or she was popular or unpopular. They’re just a bunch of bones.
What is a bone? A bone is a relic of human existence. A relic of life. A bone is the dense, calcified connective tissue forming the major portion of the skeleton. Bones. It’s real popular these days to have the skull and bones maybe as a tattoo, maybe on a tie, a dress, another piece of clothing. It’s like we’re in touch with our mortality. We’re in touch with something that’s in your face, up in your grill. Bones. Bones.
Back To Life
November 10, 2013
Zombies are the popular monster in today's society. Television shows and movies highlight the actions and attitudes of these creepy creatures. But the reality is that we can all learn something else from zombies.
In this culminating message, Pastor Ed Young takes a look at how a zombie's existence can clue us in on the keys to life. And when we look to the source of life rather than merely hoping for existence, we learn what it takes to come back to life.
Good morning this morning. How’s everyone doing? Y’all doing all right? I want to welcome all of our campuses at many different locations here, and also across the pond. This is Fellowship Church. I think this is the greatest church in the western hemisphere. At least that’s what I think. I know many of you think that as well.
We’ve been talking about skeletons, believe it or not. We’ve been talking about bones. The human body has over 200 bones. That’s a lot of bones. Every time we see skeletons we’re reminded of our mortality because we know beneath the skin, beneath the muscle, you’ve got a skeletal system. You’ve got bones. And I believe God has a bone of contention to pick with all of our lives. I truly, truly believe that.
You know this past Friday night, talking about skeletons, I was at a basketball game at the American Airlines Center. And after the game I went out to the lobby and through kind of a strange set of circumstances I met some of the players from the teams that I was watching compete. And I met the father of one of the players and when I heard his name I thought, I remember you! I played against you when I was playing at Florida State. This guy played for another school. I talked to him briefly and as I talked to him, I’d not seen this guy in – what – 30 years, I looked at him, very nattily attired, obviously successful, lives in the northeast. But the more I talked to him I thought to myself, this guy is a walking dead man. He’s a living corpse. A skeleton, if you will, a bag of bones. If we really thought about these skeletons I think a lot of us would say, “You know Ed, I know someone like that. I know a girl like that. I know a guy like that. Hey, I work with a skeletal crew. I have a bunch of bones all around my neighborhood, around my complex, on my football team, basketball team, the foursome I play golf with, at the health club. Yeah, they look good from the outside but down deep as I get to know them they’re just a bag of bones.” Do you know someone like that? Do you see people like that? You know, they’re living dead. They’re zombie-esque. You know people like that don’t you? They’re alive but they’re not really living. Let me show you what I’m kinda driving at here.
OK, a lot of people as they do life they’re like, all right. All right. I’ll tell you what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna get this position in life. I’m gonna find this position, this ultimate position in life. And maybe, just maybe, you are at this place and in this space as you look at your life. You’re like, I’m finally at that point in my life. I’ve got the degree. I’m vice-president or president or I own this company. Or I’m a part of the squad, the team, whatever. You’re finally at that position that you thought would do it for you. Down deep, though, I mean if you were totally honest you’re just covering up a bunch of bones. You’re empty. You’re a skeleton. Maybe I’m talking to you, maybe I’m describing someone that you know. I’m just kinda throwing it out.
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Every day, people stumble through life in an almost catatonic state, hoping to survive the gauntlet of their existence. But what if God wants us to do more than just survive? What if he wants us to discover the excitement and passion of a life worth truly living?
In this eye-opening series, Pastor Ed Young helps us discover God’s truth that life is more than mere existence; it’s more than a daily fight for survival. It’s an adventure worth experiencing!