Vance Pitman

Defining Moments (Easter 2021)

Easter 2021
Apr 4, 2021
Acts 13:26-33a, 38-39

In this Easter message, Pastor Vance teaches from the New Testament book of Acts and explains that because of Jesus and His life, we can not only be forgiven by God, we can be accepted by God! Happy Easter, Hope Church family!

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Defining Moments: Easter 2021

Acts 13:26-33a, 38-39


“’Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. And though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have him executed. And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus…Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.’” -Acts 12:26-33a, 38-39






FORGIVENESS: the removal of the guilt and shame of sin – past, present, and future


“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” – Ephesians 1:7


“As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” – Psalm 103:12


“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” – Micah 7:18-19




“’And by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.’” – Acts 13:39


ACCEPTANCE: the freedom from a performance-based relationship with God


“There’s a huge difference between being a son or daughter and being an employee. A company has a transactional relationship with an employee. You produce…you’re in. You don’t produce…you’re out. Your compensation is connected to your contribution. But it’s different being a son or daughter. You are family. Your place is not dependent on your performance. As a son, my value is intrinsic, not transactional.”—Lance Witt, Replenish

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