NOTE: Following is the discussion guide we’ll use tomorrow (April 5) in our LIFE groups at MoSt Church. This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon that morning. To find previous group discussion guides, look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous issues.
Stated in a single sentence, this is the purpose of this morning’s sermon.
To declare, and to delve into some of the power of, the fulcrum of faith: “He is risen!”
These Scriptures form some of the foundation of this sermon.
• … after I’m raised up, I’ll go before you to Galilee. (Matthew 26.32 CEB)
• He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.” (Luke 24.6-7 NLT)
• This Jesus, God raised up. We are all witnesses to that fact. He was exalted to God’s right side and received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit. He poured out this Spirit, and you are seeing and hearing the results of his having done so. (Acts 2.32-33 CEB)
• Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead … that is my gospel … (2 Timothy 2.8 NRSV)
• … it was not with perishable things … that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. Now … love one another other deeply, from the heart. (1 Peter 1.18-22 NIV)
Use this icebreaker question to prime the pump for group conversation.
1. Tell us something, anything, that is to you a settled, absolute fact that all can see.
These exercises/questions are meant to help us grapple with some of the Scripture(s) related to this sermon.
1. Read Mark’s brief account of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection: Mk. 15.37-16.8.
2. Read Eph. 1.3-14 in The Message as a round, each reading one sentence aloud.
These questions help us discern and share what we sense God’s Spirit is doing as we encounter his word.
1. Faith. Would an unrisen Christ be death to Christian faith? Explain.
2. Hope. What does our Lord’s resurrection do for your take on the (your) future?
3. Love. How does Jesus’ resurrection affect your life here and now in the present?
4. How is the existence/life of the church a witness for/against Christ’s resurrection?
5. If Jesus is risen, then this much is settled, I simply must ________.
These ideas/suggestions are for your use beyond the group meeting; to aid your living out today’s message.
1. Pray aloud each morning: “I will live by your resurrection power today, Lord.”
2. Steadily seek ways to share this faith in your heart with others: “Jesus is risen!”