Easter Sermon Discussion 4-1-21

Easter Sunday

April 4, 2021

Gathering Question              
Share a highlight of Holy Week for you this year.

Gathering Prayer

What stood out to you in the sermon? What insights did you gain? What questions did it raise?

The women had watched as Jesus, their Master and friend, was crucified and buried just two days before.

What do you think they were thinking and feeling as they gathered their supplies and made their way to Jesus’ tomb early that morning?

What do you think their initial thoughts and feelings were when they saw the stone rolled away from the opening of the tomb? And, again, when Jesus’ body was missing?

What do you think the women thought when the angels said, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!”?  How do you think they felt?

The disciples thought the women’s news that Jesus is alive sounded like nonsense; and by all normal thinking what the women said seemed impossible.

So, how do we respond when the promises of God seem impossible to us?

When has God provided seemingly impossible blessings in your life?

In Philippians 3, Paul writes, “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.”  Before he encountered Jesus, Paul’s life was going very well by the standards of the world. After he encountered Christ, his life became far more challenging. 

So why do you think Paul says that everything he had before he now considers loss compared to knowing Christ?

How does Paul’s experience turn our normal ways of thinking about the Christian life upside down?  What does that mean for us?

Paul continues on to say, “I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” Paul’s mission in life was to know Christ!

What does it mean to you to “know Christ”?  How is knowing Jesus different than knowing about Jesus or knowing how Jesus teaches us to live?

What difference does knowing Christ and the power of his resurrection make in your life?

How is knowing Christ better than any success the world offers?

In John 10:10, Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

What do you think Jesus meant when he said that he came that we would have life to the full or as some translations say, life abundant?

What has it meant for you to “have life” in Christthrough the power of his resurrection?  What does it mean for your future?

Closing Prayer   

Share one prayer concern that others can either pray for you about or pray with you about.  Then, close with prayer together.