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Resurrection Grace (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Resurrection Grace,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church, which began our new series, “Resurrection Hope,” from 1 Corinthians 15.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What comes into your mind when you hear the word ‘resurrection’?
  2. This weekend at Eastbrook we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from death. It is an amazing aspect of our faith. Pray that God would speak to you and help you grow in understanding the resurrection. Then, take some time to read one or more of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ resurrection: Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke24:1-53; or John 20:1-31.
  3. What catches your attention about the account of Jesus’ resurrection? For example: what actually happened?; how do people to the resurrection?; what seems surprising or out of place?
  4. If you were one of the first witnesses of the resurrection, how do you think you might have responded?
  5. Now, read 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 aloud. How do Paul’s words here affirm and broaden what we read in the Gospel accounts?
  6. Paul is writing to an early church in the city of Corinth in modern day Greece. Most of these people likely had never seen Jesus’ in their earthly lives. What do you think Paul is trying to teach them through these first sentences of 1 Corinthians 15?
  7. What challenges to their faith in the resurrection of Jesus might the Corinthian believers have faced? What challenges do you face today related to the resurrection of Jesus? How do Paul’s words address these challenges?
  8. What is one thing God is speaking to you through this study? If you are alone, write it down. If you are with a small group, discuss these things with one another.

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Resurrection Grace

Res. Hope Gfx_FacebookIs it possible that someone could rise from death? Is it possible that such a person could be the centerpiece of human history?

These are the sort of questions I spoke about in my message this past weekend, “Resurrection Grace,” at Eastbrook Church. This was the first weekend in a new series entitled “Resurrection Hope” that draws from Paul’s words on the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15.

The outline and video file for the message is below. You can view the message online here or listen to it via our audio podcast here. You can now access all the messages from the “Chiseled” series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Resurrection Hope

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Beginning this weekend with our celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, we begin a new series at Eastbrook entitled “Resurrection Hope.” Over the next five weeks we will explore the questions: “why is the resurrection so important to Christianity?” and “what does it mean for us today?” The series will be rooted in 1 Corinthians 15.

April 19/20 - “Resurrection Grace” (1 Corinthians 15:1-11)

April 26/27 “Resurrection Matters” (1 Corinthians 15:12-19)

May 3/4 – “Resurrection Timing” (1 Corinthians 15:20-34)

May 10/11 Resurrection Bodies” (1 Corinthians 15:35-49)

May 17/18 – “Resurrection Victory” (1 Corinthians 15:50-58)

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Eastbrook

 

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Good Friday 2014

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God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:8-10)

Join us for worship on Good Friday at Eastbrook Church. We will have two services this year: 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

The services will include music, video, dance, readings, a message, and communion. You will not want to miss this  worship experience of drawing near to the cross of Christ.

 

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Eastbrook

 

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The Neighbor (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “The Neighbor,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church, which concluded our series, “Chiseled,” on the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When have you seen a simple lie create a big impact? What happened?
  2. This weekend at Eastbrook we conclude our series, “Chiseled,” on the Ten Commandments by looking at the final commandments found in Exodus 20:16-17. Read these verses out loud and invite God to speak to you as you study the Scripture.
  3. The context implied in Exodus 20:16 is the courts of law. Why do you think truth telling about others is so important in the law court?
  4. Of course, the implications of this command go beyond the courts of law and into our everyday lives. In Colossians 3:9, Paul writes: “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.” Why is this important as a reflection of new life in Jesus Christ?
  5. In what ways might you need to live in the truth more? How do you need to watch how you speak about other people?
  6. The next commandment centers on two words “covet,” which is translated from the Hebrew word for desiring, wanting or craving something, and “neighbor’s” as applied to various physical objects. What does this commandment tell us about desire?
  7. Some commentators see coveting – or envy – as the source of all other sins. Why do you think this might be the case?
  8. The final commandment takes us beyond the external actions of the previous commandments and into our hearts. Where do you struggle most with envy of others right now?
  9. What is one thing God is speaking to you through this study? If you are alone, write it down. If you are with a small group, discuss these things with one another.

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