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Easter 2021: Faith Has A Pulse
Sermon-Based Discussion/Reflection Questions
- Easter 2021:Faith Has A Pulse – We celebrate Easter for many reasons, but the reason that Easter is such an important historical event is because Jesus was dead but then, after 3 days after Jesus was dead and buried, His dead body had a pulse. Jesus is Alive! Because Jesus is alive our faith comes to life. Faith has a pulse!
- DISCUSSION/REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
- What are some of your memories of celebrating Easter growing up?
- Doug explained that God will let you be a part of any “crowd” you want. Which of the crowds that we looked at do you tend to find yourself in today? What have been some of the rewards and/or consequences of your choices?
- When someone decides to walk with the “do whatever God wants” crowd and follow Jesus, it will cost them something. In fact, anything worth much usually costs much. How do Jesus’ words about the cost of following Him in Luke 14:25-35 fit with your spiritual journey and/or experience in following Him?
- It’s amazing how God’s Spirit can bring a fresh perspective or reminder to a text or Scripture we’ve heard before. Take a moment and read again the story of the resurrection in Matthew 28:1-10. What thoughts or observations come to mind as you read the text?
- The Apostle Paul emphasized the importance of the resurrection to Christians when he wrote: “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). Suppose a friend or co-worker informed you that they attended church this Easter for the first time in quite a while. They enjoyed the experience and their curiosity was sparked. But “Come on,” they say, “how do you know Jesus is alive?” How could the following verses help you respond to them?
- Matthew 27:62-65
- 1 Corinthians 15:2-8
- Matthew 28:11-15
- James was Jesus’ brother and did not believe Jesus was who He says he was (John 7:5). But after the resurrection, James became a fully-devoted follower of Jesus, a leader of the church in Jerusalem, and ultimately died a horrific death because he followed Jesus. Acts 15:7 tells us that the risen Jesus appeared to James. From that moment on everything changed for James. His faith had a pulse.
- Where does your hope need a pulse? Where does Jesus need to bring life to your hope?
- Where does your faith need a pulse? Where does Jesus need to bring life to your faith? What does it look like for your faith to have a pulse? What does it look like for you to live out your faith on a daily basis?
- MEMORY VERSE: *Challenge your group to commit this verse to memory and live like it is true today.
- Memory Verse: Romans 8:11 “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”
- What does this verse tell us about experiencing the risen Jesus? How does this verse inform our faith this week?
- NEXT STEPS:
- Looking back at this week’s teaching and study, was there something that caught your attention that is important for you to remember? If so, why? What is your next step to put that into practice this week?
- As Live Oak focuses on the letter of James, the brother of Jesus who was changed by Jesus, how will you commit to focusing on that personally?
- Commit to attend during the entire series
- Sign up for the Live Oak YouVersion Reading Plan Groups starting Wednesday, April 7th by going to the Live Oak App or Website
- Doug shared that this was his prayer for us: Ephesians 1:18-20 “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead…”
- Pray this prayer for yourself and each other and the people in your life.
- Scripture References: Mark 11:1-10; 15:6-15; 14:1-2, 61-65; Acts 1:13-15; Matthew 13:55-56; John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; James 2:17-19; Romans 8:11; Ephesians 1:18-20