Text: John 20
Happy Easter! This weekend Chip examined in John 20 the incredible reality about Jesus rising from the dead. We examined the first witness, the response of skeptics (his own disciples), and we were encouraged by their faith in response to the living Christ
Target time: 5-10 minutes
Share your favorite part of the resurrection story.
Target time: 45-50 minutes
Small Group Leaders, please always make an intentional effort to have each person engage in the discussion. Remember, all small group discussions are meant to “…[build] others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29b).
Also, as with every week, don't feel pressured to go in-depth on every question, or complete the entire outline. The purpose of this outline is to enhance your group time, and to encourage people to seek a deeper personal relationship with God. Do not let the pressure of thorough completion of the questions distract from what God might be doing in your group, at a deeper level.
Read John 20:10-18 and answer the question below.
- Why was Mary Magdalene's testimony so significant given the culture that the Book of John was written in?
Read Luke 7:18-28 and John 20:24-29 answer the questions below
- You will have doubts about Jesus. If you haven't yet, they will come. What is important is how you respond when doubt happens. What can you learn from these two passages about how to deal with doubt when it happens?
- How does Jesus' response to Thomas encourage you? How interested do you think God is in revealing Himself to you?
- What does it mean to be an honest skeptic?
- Look at the "Four Timeless Truths for Honest Skeptics" below. Which "hits home" the most with you? Why?
Live It Out:
What action step can you take this week in helping lead someone closer to Christ?
Thank Jesus for taking the penalty of our sin and dying on the cross for us.