"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57
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Sunday, April 8, 2018
Through the Valley
Small Group Questions
Psalm 23 & John 20:19-31
April 8, 2018
Our worship focus is on Psalm 23 which for many people is their favorite of the 150 psalms in the Bible. Pastor Robert began his sermon by telling the story of Jimmy, a little boy who was asked to recite Psalm 23 in front of the entire congregation. He nervously began by reciting, “The Lord is my shepherd and...” Since he couldn’t remember the rest of the lines from this Psalm he simply said, “The Lord is my shepherd and that’s all I need to know.”
How is the Lord a “shepherd” for you?
The phrase, “through the valley” in this Psalm is an important one because it refers to those times in our lives when we are facing disappointment, fear, and questions about our faith. Christian author, Philip Yancey says that when we walk through valleys we often struggle with at least one of these three questions: 1) Is God unfair? 2) Is God silent? 3) Is God hidden?
Share a time when you walked “through the valley.” Did you wrestle with any of these questions? Remember, it’s OK to share this with your group because regardless of how strong our faith may be, it’s still perfectly normal to struggle with any or all of these questions.
In the sermon, Pastor Robert shared, “It’s often in the midst of our deepest disappointments that we end up with a deeper faith.” Doubting Thomas experienced this when he found it difficult to believe that Jesus had been resurrected. When he saw Jesus face to face and realized it was really him, he offered this statement of faith, “My Lord and my God!”
In what ways does the Lord help you walk “through the valleys” of struggle, doubt, and disappointment in your life? How has the church or more specifically your small group helped you through a difficult time?
Monday, April 2, 2018
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Come, Touch the Living Robe of Jesus
Small Group Questions
April 1, 2018
The word, “resurrection” means that after we die, our physical bodies will be made new again by a special act of God’s grace and will be immune from disease and death. There was a belief in Jesus’ day that this would happen at the end of time when God would raise up from the dead all of God’s people. The surprise of Easter Sunday is that God made this happen in the middle of history by raising Jesus from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus is an advance sign of what will happen in the future when all of God’s people will be given new bodies.
Is this biblical/Jewish understanding of the word, “resurrection” different or similar to your understanding? Why is it important to understand the correct meaning of this word?
After his crucifixion, Jesus’ body would have been anointed with spices and wrapped in linen cloths and then placed in the tomb. We are told that on Easter morning, only the rolled up linen cloths were found in the tomb because God had raised Jesus from the dead.
What helps you to not lose the awe, wonder, and surprise of the Easter story even if you have heard it many times?
At the end of his sermon, Pastor Robert shared why he loves wearing a worship robe. It reminds him that he is set apart for the work of Christ and to always remember “to put on Christ” in our day to day living.
Share what helps you to remember to “put on Christ” each day.
Easter Sunday marks the conclusion of our seven week long series on the different robes of Jesus. Each robe offers particular ways for us to become more like Jesus in our everyday lives. These include the shining robe, the healing robe, the serving robe, the uniting robe, the honoring robe, the redeeming robe, and Easter Sunday’s focus on the living robe.
Which of these robes during our series has been most interesting to you and why?