Sermons

Because He Lives (1/2): I Can Be Confident

7 April 2019
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I CAN BE CONFIDENT
Text: John 20:1-18
Series: Because He Lives

Beyond being a holiday or a tradition, Easter assures Christ-followers that our faith is not futile and our hope is secure.

Discussion Guide 

1) Jesus’ Resurrection Is The Basis Of My Faith (1-10)

Think of someone you trust. What qualities does he/she possess? What did he/she do to earn your trust? Now think of Jesus. Do you trust Him? What do you trust Him for? What is the basis of your trust?

In 1 Corinthians 15:17, it says that “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile.”. Why is the Resurrection central to our faith? Why does it matter that the Resurrection is a factual event in history? Today we do not have direct access to the evidence of the empty tomb, but we have the Word that records the events and significance of the Resurrection. Can you recall and share some verses about the Resurrection with your Life Group?

Have you encountered challenges and crises, and felt discouraged and even disillusioned with God when there appeared to be no answered prayers or blessings? In such moments, why do you think it is important to base our faith on the Resurrection, instead of on our experiences and emotions? What difference do you think the basis of our faith will make in how we respond to difficult circumstances?

What promises does Jesus’ resurrection hold for believers? Share some promises from Scripture. If God could raise Jesus from death to life, would He be able to fulfill His other promises? Why do you say so? What does the Resurrection mean to you personally? What is a promise of God you are currently holding onto?

2) Jesus” Resurrection Changes My View Of Him (11-18)

The Resurrection proves that Jesus is no criminal who died on the cross because He did wrong. Instead, He is the Messiah who died on the cross for our sins. He was not cursed by God as many would think (Deut. 21:22-23), but He is the Son of God who died for us and was raised to be glorified.

With this in mind, read 2 Cor. 5:16. Why do you think many misunderstood Jesus during His day, and even today many still misunderstand Him? What was your initial impression of Jesus when you first heard of Him? For instance, did you see Him as a good person, wise teacher or holy prophet? How does the Resurrection elevate your view of Him? If we truly regard Jesus as not just a mere man but as God Himself, how would our response to Him look like (read Rom. 12:1-2)? If we are not living this way today, why?

In a way, the Resurrection renewed Mary Magdalene’s faith. She was overwhelmed with grief at the thought of Jesus being dead and could not recognise Him until He called her name. Are you facing a seemingly hopeless situation now, and nothing could comfort you? Is it causing you to waver or even lose your faith? How does the Resurrection encourage you to renew your faith in Christ? How does it give you the assurance that, no matter what happens, God is in control and He is able to lead and strengthen you according to His purpose?

Jesus’ resurrection and glorification ensure the resurrection and glorification of those who put their trust in Him (1 Cor. 15:20-23, 42-44; 1 Thess. 4:13-16). How does this truth encourage those of us who are facing the uncertainties of life, with death being the greatest uncertainty of all (1 Cor. 15:54-58)?

Reflection Questions 

1) Jesus’ Resurrection Is The Basis Of My Faith (1-10)
In 1 Corinthians 15:17, it says that “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile.”. Why is the Resurrection central to our faith? Have you encountered challenges and crises, and felt discouraged and even disillusioned with God when there appeared to be no answered prayers or blessings? In such moments, why do you think it is important to base our faith on the Resurrection, instead of on our experiences and emotions?

2) Jesus’ Resurrection Changes My View Of Him (11-18)
What was your initial impression of Jesus when you first heard of Him? For instance, did you see Him as a good person, wise teacher or holy prophet? How does the Resurrection elevate your view of Him? If we truly regard Jesus as not just a mere man but as God Himself, how would our response to Him look like (read Rom. 12:1-2)?