NOTE: Following is a copy of the discussion guide that will be used in MoSt Church’s LIFE groups tomorrow night (March 31). This guide will enable your follow-up in our LIFE groups of my sermon tomorrow morning: Because He’s Risen … Look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous discussion guides. All Scripture texts reproduced below are from the CEB.
To ponder some of the implications for our life of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
• Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11.25-26)
• We proclaim to you the good news. What God promised to our ancestors, he has fulfilled for us … by raising up Jesus. … Therefore, brothers and sisters, know this: Through Jesus we proclaim forgiveness of sins to you. … through Jesus everyone who believes is put in right relationship with God. (Acts 14.32-33a,38a,39)
• Since we believe that Jesus died and rose, so we also believe that God will bring with him those who have died in Jesus. What we are saying is a message from the Lord: we who are alive and still around at the Lord’s coming definitely won’t go ahead of those who have died. This is because the Lord himself will come down from heaven with the signal of a shout by the head angel and a blast on God’s trumpet. First, those who are dead in Christ will rise. Then, we who are living and still around will be taken up together with them in the clouds to meet with the Lord in the air. That way we will always be with the Lord. So encourage each other with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4.13-18)
• May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of his vast mercy, he has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. You have a pure and enduring inheritance that cannot perish—an inheritance that is presently kept safe in heaven for you. Through his faithfulness, you are guarded by God’s power so that you can receive the salvation he is ready to reveal in the last time. … You are being made into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1.3-5; 2.5)
Icebreaker questions are meant to help us all start talking. Choose one of the following to discuss as a group.
1. What was Easter Sunday like for you when you were small? How was it spent?
2. What is one of the most difficult things you’ve come to believe in, or about, life?
These questions are meant to help us grapple with Scripture related to this morning’s sermon. Choose some.
1. Imagine the four texts above are meant to answer questions. What are the questions?
2. List the specific benefits named in the preceding texts due to Christ’s resurrection.
These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us thru his word. Choose some.
1. When you think of Christ being resurrected, what first comes to your mind? Why?
2. Most people believe God is. So why is it hard to think he raised one from the dead?
3. What’s a question you continue to have related to the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
4. To you, what is the most persuasive evidence that Jesus is truly risen from the dead?
5. When does his resurrection have the greatest impact: now or in the future? Why?