Easter 2019

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ICEBREAKER

  • Do you have a favorite Easter memory from the past? What made it so special?

  • What about this year? In what way has this Easter been special for you?

  • How would you, in one sentence, describe the meaning of Easter to a non-Christian?

INTRODUCTION

This weekend we celebrated Easter. Easter is about hope. The one hope that has held human beings across every continent and culture together for over two thousand years in the face of difficulty, hardship, suffering, and death itself is that Jesus was dead, but He is now alive.

In this week’s message, Pastor Mike talked about hope, power, and peace. God gives us those things through the power of the resurrection. Easter is an invitation to experience the power of the gospel in your own life and to be reminded of what Jesus gave for you. We have life through the power of Christ!

SERMON RECAP

Spend a few minutes recapping this week's sermon together. Click here to view the sermon notes.

  • What was one takeaway from this week's sermon for you?

  • Were there any stories, ideas, or points that stuck out?

  • Was there anything that challenged you?

READ

Have a volunteer read John 20:1-10.

  • What do these verses show us about the relationship Jesus had with His followers?

  • If you were in this situation, what’s the first thing that would go through your mind? What would you do?

  • How were Peter and John’s responses different when they arrived at the empty tomb? What does this show about each disciple’s personality?

NOTE
The Bible tells us that John went into the tomb and believed (v. 8). For John, it was that simple—a light bulb moment. A switch was flipped. From that point forward, John firmly believed Jesus was the Son of God. But for Mary and Peter, it wasn’t so cut and dry.

  • Have you had a light bulb moment in your relationship with Jesus? If so, what happened?

  • In your faith journey, have you been more like John, or Mary and Peter?

Have a volunteer read John 20:11-18.

  • Why do you think Mary didn’t recognize Jesus? Have you ever been in a situation where it was difficult for you know that Jesus was with you?

NOTE
Even though Mary didn’t know Jesus, Jesus still knew Mary. Even when we have trouble recognizing Jesus’ presence in tough times it doesn’t change the fact that He knows us inside and out. As Pete told us, that means right now Jesus knows not only your name, but your strengths, weaknesses, and everything you’ve ever done or will do.

  • Is God’s grace difficult for you to believe in fully? Is there something from your past that is making it hard for you to believe and trust in the grace of God?

NOTE
The moment you attach strings to grace it ceases to be grace. Even though it’s hard sometimes to fully believe that God loves us as we are, Easter is a chance to remember that Jesus has fully paid the debt we owe because of our sin. Because He is alive, we can also be fully alive.

Have a volunteer read John 20:19-20.

  • Why do you think Jesus greeted His followers by saying “Peace be with you”?

  • Is there any area of life into which you need Jesus to speak peace?

  • How does Jesus’ resurrection remind us that there is not only forgiveness for our past but also hope for our future?

NOTE
In the middle of this room filled with fear, doubt, and anxiety, Jesus brought peace. He wants to do the same thing in your life. No matter what walls might be standing in His way right now, because He is alive, Jesus is still bringing peace, and that brings hope for the future.

APPLICATION

  • What situation in your life seems the most hopeless? How do you think Jesus wants to bring hope into that situation?

  • How are you going to remind yourself in the middle of that situation that your hope isn’t built on circumstances but on the living Jesus?

  • Is there anyone in your life right now who needs to hear a word of hope? What is the best way for you to offer that to them this week?

PRAYER

Thank God for Jesus. Thank Him that Jesus is the living hope of Easter. Pray that just as He brought life from death in His own body, He would bring life and hope to the specific situations your group mentioned.

Brian Otte