Community Groups 4/21/14

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Easter Sunday! The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus has been called “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”
As we review this week’s outline, remember that we are treading on holy ground because we are looking at the foundational truths upon which the gospel rests. Let’s pay close attention to these passages and determine to discover what these things mean to us personally.

Can you list some of the things that Jesus went though during His trial and crucifixion?

What were the statements Jesus made from the cross? (Luke 23:34, 43, 46; John 19:26-28, 30; Matthew 27:46)

Jesus was laid in a tomb that was legally sealed by the Roman government, and guarded by soldiers. Why was this the case, and how is it significant?

Read the resurrection account in John 20:1-18 and Mark 16:4-18.

When we consider what Easter means to us, note that Easter can be a marker of time for people that can cause different types of reactions, depending on their history and spiritual state. Regardless of how we feel about Easter, the Bible teaches that it is a time of encouragement and hope for the Christian. What does 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 say about the resurrection?

The resurrection of Jesus was the death of death! Read 1 John 3:2. What will we be like when we are we are raised from the dead? Can you think of some things that Jesus did in His resurrected body that may also apply to our resurrected bodies?

Easter is for those who have been devastated by death. One of our hopes is that we will be reunited with loved ones when we are resurrected. On that day, our sorrow will be turned to joy. It can well be said that if our loved ones put their faith in Jesus, they are not only a part of our past, they are even more a part of our future. How does the hope of the resurrection shape your view of death? Whom do you look forward to seeing again?

Easter is for the person who has failed spiritually. Read Mark 16:7. Peter is an example of how the resurrection can turn the sorrow of spiritual failure into hope. We serve a God of second chances! What are some Bible passages that talk about this truth?

Easter is for people who feel as though God has let them down. Read Luke 24:13-35. How did the two disciples on the road to Emmaus move from discouragement and skepticism to assurance and hope? What does this account teach us about knowing God’s Word and staying in fellowship with other believers? (See also Hebrews 10:24-25.)

Easter is for doubters! Thomas told his friends and fellow disciples that he would not believe that Jesus was raised from the dead unless he personally saw and touched Jesus. He has been called Doubting Thomas, but it might be better to call him Skeptical Thomas, because he did believe when Jesus appeared to him. What are some of the differences between skepticism and unbelief? In John 20:29, what did Jesus say about us who believe in Christ today?

The disciples lived and died testifying of, and trusting in, the resurrection. How can we live in a way that reflects the truth of the resurrection in our lives?

**The following questions are used by Harvest Community Groups to facilitate discussion time in a small-group setting and to dig deeper into God’s Word. We encourage you to use them in your home or small group – or better yet, join one of our Community Groups! Information can be found at Communitygroups.harvest.org**

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