Easter

Easter

April 1, 2018

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OPEN

When was a time when you received some good unexpected news? What was it? How did it make you feel?

 

REFLECT

Read Matthew 28.

What is one thing you learned from this sermon?

How would you have felt if you were in the shoes of the women who heard an unexpected message from the angel declaring that Jesus had risen from the dead?

Do you find it compelling that the gospels record the first witnesses of the resurrection as being women? Why or why not?

What would it have been like to be the disciples and hear Matthew 28:18-20 spoken directly from the risen Christ?

In what way does the resurrection indicate what God is doing in and for this broken and hurting world?

What do you think is the greatest testimony to the reality of the resurrection today?

 

APPLY

In what ways do people experience emptiness (like the chocolate bunny) in their lives? When was a time when you felt empty? What things do people try and fill that emptiness with? How have you experienced Jesus filling that God-sized hole in your heart?

How can you take the message of Jesus into your daily life? What fears or concerns do you have? How does Jesus’ promise to “be with you always” empower you?

What are common objections to Jesus’ resurrection that you have heard? How can you engage in those conversations in a loving way?

 

PRAY

Matthew 28:9, “And behold, Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshipped him.”

This week pray a prayer of worship, acknowledging King Jesus for who he is.

 

NEXT STEPS

Jesus is alive! Christ has risen! Easter is here! The reality of the resurrection changes everything for us. It calls us to ever greater levels of surrender and it calls us to help others follow Jesus. If you are wanting to go deeper, here are three ways to help get you started:

1. Visit our Community Finder. If you’re looking to get connected, then this is for you. It has everything from classes to life groups to support and recovery groups. For more information, visit the Community Finder at www.thecreek.org/community.

2. Join us for our new sermon series “More than Enough.” When the concerns of life are more than enough for you, you can find hope in a God who is more than enough for those concerns. This 7-week series will focus on biblical answers to real, day-to-day concerns that we face.

3. Attend Welcome to the Creek! This is place where you can find out more information about who we are as a church. This experience occurs the 1st and 3rd weekend of every month in South Room 2 during the 11 o’clock service.