Today is Friday, March 30th and it is Good Friday, a somber and pivotal day for the early disciples. As we read through today’s text, try to place yourself in Paul’s shoes. Imagine going through the death of your close friend and then hear murmurs a few days later that he is actually alive! - Emma
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- Have you ever doubted something a friend was trying to convince you of?
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [1 Corinthians 15:1-9 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
_ What is the original gospel Paul preached to them? (v 1)
_ Has your heart connected with the truth that Jesus died for YOUR sins in accordance with the Scriptures? (v 3)
_ How would you react if your brother, who was dead, appeared to you?
_ Can you imagine how it would feel to receive so much love and grace from someone who was once your enemy? (v 9)
+ 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)
_ How does your heart respond to the idea that Jesus died and rose again just to show you how much he loved you?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?