Happy Monday and welcome to Easter Week, Holy Week or Resurrection week as some call it.  This week in anticipation of Easter we will be studying different accounts related to the Christ's Resurrection.  Today we begin with Matthew's account.  

grace + peace, 
Joey

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What thoughts or feelings does the word resurrection stir up in you? 

PRAY
Lord, would you open our hearts and minds to dwell on your resurrection power this week as we prepare for Easter Sunday, in Jesus name, amen!

DISCOVER  [ Matthew 28.1-10 ]
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_ What observations do you make about vs. 1-3 that you haven't in previous readings of Matthews resurrection account?
_ In vs. 4-6 what is the angels response to the women?  How did the guards respond?
_ In vs. 7 what are the women to tell his disciples?
_ In vs. 8-10 what happens in the account, what did the disciples do when they find him? 

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Are there any areas of your life where you are living in fear and not in the Resurrection power of Jesus?
_ What about the resurrection compels you to action?
_ Is there anything Jesus is asking you to do that you have not yet done? 

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?