Mary Magdalene is one of the more popular women in the New Testament, but her life has also been the subject of much speculation and false teaching. She was a woman with a rather dark past, but Jesus frees her from her demons and she is completely transformed by his grace. In Christ Mary finds a new freedom and identity, and in the end she becomes one of the most faithful followers of Jesus.
Series: She Speaks… Mary Magdalene
* Mary Magdalene had a dark past, but she found everything she longed for “in Christ.”
* She found freedom in Christ
* She found hope in Christ
* She found joy in Christ
* She found peace in Christ
* She found purpose/calling in Christ
* She found friendship/community in Christ
* She found Salvation/redemption in Christ
* The Christian faith is based on an event (the resurrection of Jesus). Mary Magdalene was the first person to witness the resurrected Jesus and the first one to speak of it to others.
1. What was most interesting or encouraging to you about the sermon this week?
2. What was most challenging to you about the sermon this week?
3. Read Luke 8:1-3. Obviously Jesus had women like Mary Magdalene among his band of followers. Although Jesus’ opponents were constantly looking for reasons to lie about him and accuse him of sinful things (ex: he hung out with tax collectors and sinners, he was a glutton and drunkard, etc…), no accusation was ever made about his treatment of women. What can we learn from Jesus about how to respect and treat women in our society today?
4. Read John 20:11-18. Why do you think Jesus chose to reveal himself to Mary Magdalene first after his resurrection? Doesn’t it seem odd that Jesus would do this since women’s credibility in that day didn’t hold much weight? What can we learn from this about the gospel?
5. The action step this week was to reflect on what you have been saved from so that you can more fully appreciate what you’ve been saved to. Name one thing that you have been saved from (a particular sin, struggle, or stronghold in your life that Christ has set you free from), or one thing that you’re working on giving over to Him.