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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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Created by Love

horizonThe Bible tells us that God created the world. If you believe the Bible contains the truth of God, such a statement is enough for you. However, if you do not believe the Bible contains the truth of God, then you may be more skeptical about such a statement.Consider with me a few things about the world in which we live and why there may be more rational and logical reasons for entertaining the idea that there is a Creator God.

Consider the various species of animals and plants that exist in our world. Now consider the wide range of environments to which those diverse species of animals and plants are fitted. The intricate diversity and simultaneous specificity shows us an expansive wonder within our world. While some may take this in itself as a rationale for a Creator God, this is not necessarily the case. Some would argue from a naturalistic perspective that the self-contained processes within creation have developed what we recognize as uniquely fitted environments and species within our world.

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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Discipleship

 

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Beginning to Live with Love

Beginning sermon slideThis weekend at Eastbrook Church we concluded our series “Beginning to Live.”

My message this week was called “Beginning to Live with Love” and focused on how the resurrection of Jesus reveals the love of God while also bringing power into our lives to love others.

I spoke from 1 Corinthians 13, which is a very familiar Scripture text, but is still so powerful. The basic outline of the message is as follows:

  • A Life Not Worth Living
  • The Beginning of it All
  • The God Who Loves Us and the Us Who Responds to God
  • The Us Who Loves Others and Others Who Respond to God
  • What Really Endures

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2013 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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