Discussion Guide: Easter – Flatline

PRAYER

Take the first few minutes of your time together to listen to what God is doing in one another’s lives and pray for any specific needs people in your group may have.

Today’s Discussion

This week we come to the end of our Genesis series as we celebrate Easter. We have been walking through the first book of the bible and exploring who God is, what was His purpose in creating the world and humanity, and how, in the midst of all the brokenness our sin has brought to His creation, how is God putting it all back together again. Over the course of this series we have been challenged to think deeply, speak honestly, and even learn how to love more passionately. This week we come to the end by asking the question, “How does the resurrection of Christ bring it all together in our lives?” Now, let’s conclude with the beginning.

Discussion Questions

How did your family celebrate Easter when you were a kid?

Preguntas en Español

Como celebró la Pascua de Resurrección tu familia cuando eras un niño?

Genesis 22:1-2,6-8

After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. 

 

If you were Abraham, how would you have felt/responded to God’s request? Why?

Why do you think Abraham responded the way he did?

Do you think that was an easy thing for him to do? Why or why not?

Preguntas en Español

Génesis 22:1-2, 6-8

Aconteció que después de estas cosas, Dios probó a Abraham, y le dijo: “¡Abraham!” Y él respondió: “Aquí estoy.” Y Dios dijo: “Toma ahora a tu hijo, tu único, a quien amas, a Isaac, y ve a la tierra de Moriah, y ofrécelo allí en holocausto sobre uno de los montes que Yo te diré.”

Tomó Abraham la leña del holocausto y la puso sobre Isaac su hijo, y tomó en su mano el fuego y el cuchillo. Y los dos iban juntos. Isaac habló a su padre Abraham: “Padre mío.” Y él respondió: “Aquí estoy, hijo mío.” “Aquí están el fuego y la leña,” Isaac dijo, “pero ¿dónde está el cordero para el holocausto?” Y Abraham respondió: “Dios proveerá para sí el cordero para el holocausto, hijo mío.” Y los dos iban juntos.

Porque crees que Abraham respondió de la forma que lo hizo?

Crees que fue una cosa fácil de hacer para el? Porque o porque no?

Psalms 9:7-8

But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.’  

How does the sinfulness and brokenness of our world today affect our hope?

If you were God, how would you respond to sin today?

How do you think God should respond to your sin today? How does that make you feel?

Preguntas en Español

Salmos 9:7-8

Pero el Señor permanece para siempre; Ha establecido Su trono para juicio, Y juzgará al mundo con justicia; Con equidad ejecutará juicio sobre los pueblos. 

Como el pecado y el quebrantamiento del mundo afecta nuestra esperanza?

Si tu fueras Dios, cómo responderías al pecado de hoy?

Cómo piensas que Dios debería de responder a tu pecado hoy? Cómo te hace sentir eso?

N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope

“Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present.” 

So then, when you look to the death and resurrection of Jesus, how does that affect the way your current reality in life?

How does it affect the way you see the brokenness, and the consequences of sin, in the world?

Preguntas en Español

N.T. Wright, Sorprendido por la Esperanza

“La Pascua de Resurrección fue cuando la Esperanza en persona sorprendió al mundo entero al venir del futuro dentro del presente.”

Como la muerte y Resurrección de Jesús afecta la forma en que te miras a ti mismo, al quebrantamiento y a las consecuencias del pecado en el mundo?

Closing Thought

Romans 6:4-8

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 

How can we live as resurrected people in our world today?

Preguntas en Español

Pensamientos de Cierre

Romanos 6:4-8

Por tanto, hemos sido sepultados con El por medio del bautismo para muerte, a fin de que como Cristo resucitó de entre los muertos por la gloria del Padre, así también nosotros andemos en novedad de vida. Porque si hemos sido unidos a Cristo en la semejanza de Su muerte, ciertamente lo seremos también en la semejanza de Su resurrección. Sabemos esto, que nuestro viejo hombre fue crucificado con Cristo , para que nuestro cuerpo de pecado fuera destruido, a fin de que ya no seamos esclavos del pecado; porque el que ha muerto, ha sido libertado del pecado. Y si hemos muerto con Cristo, creemos que también viviremos con El.

Cómo podemos vivir comiendo un pueblo resucitado en nuestro mundo hoy?



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