HALLELUJAH… HE IS RISEN – 1 APRIL 2018

(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 26th March – 1st April 2018)

ICE BREAKER: How do you respond to a story that seems incredulous?

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: John 20:1-18 & 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

  1. READ: John 20:1-18 Why do you think the stone was rolled away… after all this is Jesus we’re talking about, he could have easily just left without moving the stone? Discuss your thoughts.
  1. There are 4 stages of belief in this story:
    • It’s a fabrication.
    • I need to check out the facts.
    • I’ll only believe through a personal encounter
    • I’ll Commitment and devote life to serving God

What do you think about this – how have these stages been your journey of faith up till now?                                                                     

  1. Read verses 6-9 again. The grave clothes are considered among the facts that prove Jesus body wasn’t stolen but that he in fact rose from the dead as he said he would. In your experience what other facts have presented the risen Christ to you and how do you share this experience with others as way to witness to them?
  1. Why do you think Jesus told Mary not to cling to him (verse 17)? What do you make of his instruction to her?
  1. READ: 1 Cor. 15:1-11: There will always be those who say Jesus didn’t rise from the dead. Paul assures us of the many people who saw and experienced Jesus presence after his resurrection. In view of this sentiment by others how to you stand firm in the truth and hope of Jesus resurrection?
  1. Paul had been an enemy of the Christians prior to his dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus. Perhaps you’ve experienced such a zealous character who opposed the Christian faith but who then miraculously encountered Christ as Paul did? How do verses 9-10 help your understanding of God’s grace?
  1. In verse 11 Paul says it doesn’t matter who preaches, what matters is that we preach the same message that we have all already believed. How do you preach the Good News of Christ in your day to day life? What difference has this made for someone else?

NOTE: Prayers for SA & the World are posted on the website. Please encourage your group to pray together about these issues and during their personal devotional time in the week.