12 Apr Discussion Guide: Easter Sunday | Jesus: The One Who Rises
Before We Get Started
For our discussion today we will be using the sermon series discussion guides. If you would like to follow along you can access this discussion guide on the website at mosaicchurchaustin.com and then select “community group resources” in the menu options.
Because the main goal of our time together is to establish relationships and learn how to walk with one another in all that God has called us to be and do, we’d like to begin by praying for one another. So, does anyone have anything you’d like us to pray for, or anything to share regarding how you’ve seen God moving in your life that we can celebrate together.
This Week’s Topic
This week we culminate our journey through the Gospel of Mark as we celebrate Easter Sunday by looking at Jesus: The One Who Rises. We have looked at the actions of Jesus, the ministry of Jesus, and the suffering of Jesus. Today we will look at the implications of the resurrection of Jesus and ask the question, “What does the empty tomb mean for us today in the midst of our current reality?”
What is your favorite Easter memory or tradition?
“Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.””
Why is the Gospel so hard for some people to believe?
What would you say are the practical, relational, and spiritual implications if the Gospel is true?
How can we know whether the Gospel is true or not?
Here are some articles you might find helpful in answering this question:
“This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
What do you think it was about the life, death, and resurrection that moved these first-century Christians, and Christians over the centuries, to live life this way?
In what ways does the resurrection of Jesus impact our view, our response, and our behaviors in the midst of this world-wide pandemic?
What can we do as a community group to show the world the light of Christ in the midst of tis dark moment in history?