Easter 2019

Easter 2019 - Easter Tide pt 2 - But We Were Hoping

Jesus joins two disappointed disciples on a long walk. Disappointment is the prerequisite to genuine discipleship, the death of all our false expectations of God.

Summary

  • Luke 24:13-27

Big Ideas

  • Let the church set your calendar

  • Disappointment with God is an essential part of walking with God, and can result in either denial, resentment, or acceptance.

  • Disappointment is the prerequisite for genuine discipleship because it is the death of all our false expectations of God.

Small Group Questions

  • What was most interesting or encouraging to you?

  • What was most challenging to you?

  • What are some of the expectations you have of God?

    • If I [blank], then I expect God to [blank].

  • Share a time God has really disappointed you? What did you learn from it?

  • Our action step was…

    • Tell God how he has disappointed you.

    • Ask God what those disappointments are trying to teach you.

    • Have you been able to do it? If not, how can the group help?

Easter 2019 - Easter Tide

There's no doubt that after denying Jesus, Peter felt like an absolute failure. Jesus needed to have a conversation with Peter in order to prepare him to lead the church. In that conversation Jesus reminds Peter of some very important things... things that we need to be reminded of as well.  
Just as it was for Peter, the resurrection of Jesus means that we too can have a fresh start. Failures and mistakes in our lives don't have to be the final word. Jesus redeems us and give us a new purpose.

Easter Tide (part I)

Text:  John 21:15-22; James 2:14-18 & 26

Big Ideas:  

1.  To love Jesus means to DO something (James 2:14-18 & 26).

2.  The sheep belong to Jesus

3.  Following Jesus will cost you

4.  Don’t waste time comparing yourself to others

Questions:

1. What was most interesting or encouraging to you?

2. What was most challenging to you?

3. Has following Jesus ever cost you anything?  How so?

4. What are some of the problems with comparing our life, ministry, gifts, etc… with others?  Have you ever done this?

5. In what way(s) have you been able to “feed His sheep” this week?  If you haven’t had the opportunity to do so yet, how can you “feed His sheep” this week?   

Easter 2019 - Palm Sunday

Jesus arrives in Jerusalem for Passover and is welcomed like a King. People waved Palm branches and shouted "Hosanna!" No doubt many of the people wanted Jesus to be King and free them from their Roman oppressors. However, Jesus rides in on a donkey showing humility, and his plan was not to fight Rome, but to die bringing them spiritual freedom from their sin. Later, this same crowd shouting "Hosanna!" will shout "Crucify Him!"

As we prepare to celebrate resurrection next Sunday, focus on the cross this week. Read the following Gospel accounts of the Crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus this week: Monday - Matthew 27, Tuesday - Mark 15, Wednesday - Luke 23, Thursday John 19. Then Join us for Good Friday services and Easter at the Expo.

Small Group Discussion Questions

Series:  Easter 2019 (Part I) The Triumphal Entry

Text:  Matthew 21:1-17

1.  Have you ever gotten the wrong idea about someone?  Their motives?  Who they were as a person?  What they were up to?  What eventually changed your mind about them?  

2.  Read Matthew 21:1-11.  We know that just a few days after this story takes place, the crowd is once again shouting at Jesus, but instead of shouting praise they will be shouting “Crucify Him!”  Why does the crowd seem to love Jesus so much in this text?  Do they simply have the wrong idea about who he is and what he’s going to do for them?

3.  Read Matthew 21:12-13.  What does it teach us about Jesus that he got so angry and drove certain people out of the Temple?  How does this differ from the way people typically perceive him?

4.  What’s the difference in righteous anger and unrighteous anger?  When was the last time you were righteously angry about something and what did you do about it?

5.  As Dave mentioned, part of the reason Jesus was so angry is that the Temple had become a place for insiders (Jews) at the exclusion of outsiders (Gentiles).  What can/should we as a church learn from this?  What are some things you think we do well to ensure that outsiders feel welcome in our church?  What are some tangible things we can/should always do to make sure those who are far from God feel loved, welcomed, and wanted at our church?  

Reminder… The action step this week is to focus on the cross as we prepare to celebrate Resurrection next Sunday.   You can do so by specifically taking time to read the gospel accounts of the crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus as recorded in Matt. 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, and John 19.  Then join us for Good Friday services on Friday at the EXPO Center in Belton.  (If you’ve been doing these readings this week, feel free to share any thoughts or insights with the group on how it has helped you focus on the cross and what Christ accomplished for you).