Easter 2018

Easter 2018 | The WHY of the Cross

We know that Jesus died on a cross for our sins. His death and his resurrection are the most significant events in history. But why did Jesus die? What does his death specifically accomplish for me?

This Week's Action Step: 

Focus on the cross this week. Picture Jesus hanging there in your place. Thank Him for being your sacrifice. Then join us for Good Friday and Easter services as we remember and celebrate what He's done for us.


Small Group

Small Group Questions:

  • This week in your small groups we want you to focus on the cross. Rather than a list of questions, attached you’ll find the complete outline of my sermon with all the scripture references that were used.  Take some time this week in your groups and read through all of the scriptures (have different people read each one, or select a few to read them all).  The group leader can read the heading (for example:  Jesus died as our eternal sacrifice… Atonement) then have someone read the verses that correspond to that heading.  Follow that pattern for each of the 10 points pausing to unpack or discuss them as you see fit. End your time together in prayer thanking Jesus for all that He accomplished for us at the cross.


    Optional… One idea might be to end your time by taking communion together as a small group.  Obviously if you choose to do this you’ll need to prepare by having bread and juice for everyone.  Some groups may choose not to do this if they feel it would be awkward for new people, but some groups may be pretty cohesive and this may be a great way to focus on the cross together during what’s considered “Holy Week.”  


    Have a great small group time.

What did the death of Jesus accomplish for me? 

John 19:16-18 & 28-30

1.  Jesus died as our eternal sacrifice (Atonement)

John 1:29

Hebrews 10:3 & 11-14

2.  Jesus died to take our place (Substitution)

II Cor. 5:21

3.  Jesus died to forgive us (Justification)

Romans 3:23-24

Romans 5:18

4.  Jesus died to bring us back to God (Reconciliation)

Romans 5:10-11

Col. 1:19-20

II Cor. 5:17-19

5.  Jesus died to pay our debt (Ransom)

Mark 10:45

I Cor. 6:20

I Timothy 2:5-6

I Peter 1:18-19

6.  Jesus died to set us free (Redemption)

Exodus 6:6

Galatians 5:1

Eph. 1:7

Col. 1:13-14

7.  Jesus died to crush our enemies (Christus Victor)

John 12:31

John 16:11

Hebrews 2:14-15

I John 3:8

8.  Jesus died to take our wrath (Propitiation)

I John 2:2

I John 4:10

9.  Jesus died to cleanse / purify our filth (Expiation)

I John 1:7-9

10.  Jesus died as our perfect example (Christus Exemplar)

I Peter 2:21


Songs from Today

Spirit Move by Amanda Cook and Kalley Heiligenthal

Faithful To The End by Brian Johnson, Hannah McClure, Joel Taylor, and Paul McClure

Great Are You Lord by Steve Cook and Vikki Cook

What A Beautiful Name by Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood

For The Cross by Jenn Johnson, Ian McIntosh, and Gabriel Wilson

Easter 2018 | It Has Arrived

While the world judges against Jesus, God judges for the world. Jesus judges the world even as he reconciles the world.

This Week's Action Step: 

When you feel the tug of Jesus’s love this week, surrender to it instead of resisting it.


Small Group

Small Group Questions:

  • Why do you think it’s important to prepare yourself for Easter and not just show up on Easter for the party?
  • When you read John 12:20-33, what jumps out?
  • In John 12:31, Jesus says that judgment is “now” upon the world.
    • How does this change the way you think about the judgment of God? To think about it as something that was happening as Jesus was judged and crucified and not just something that happens at the end of history.
  • Read John 12:32, and then also read 1 John 2:2, Romans 5:18, and Colossians 1:19-20.
    • Take these texts and summarize what you think they’re saying.
  • Do you think these scriptures teach us that “the whole human race has been reconciled to God?”
  • Now read Hebrews 10:26-30.
    • How do we harmonize texts that seem to teach universal reconciliation with texts that seem to teach judgment for some?
  • Discuss this quote: “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done." All that are in Hell, choose it…No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.”
  • How might it change the way you think about yourself and others to understand that God has no judgment left in him because we have all already been judged guilty but, more importantly, forgiven and loved?


Songs from Today

The Lion And The Lamb by Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, and Leeland Mooring

Blessed Assurance by Mack Brock and Chris Brown

Great Are You Lord by Steve Cook and Vikki Cook

10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman

Reckless Love by Caleb Culver, Cory Asbury, and Ran Jackson