Resurrection Hope

Dr. Jon Morrissette - 4/12/2020

Scripture Verses

Mark 14:1-15:44

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Retreat:

As Easter nears, small groups will not be meeting. Once again, we want to encourage you to retreat from all the busyness and noise to deeply contemplate celebrate God's hope for you. Mark 16:15-16 says, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." (CSB)  

Start: Set aside an hour or more this week to read and meditate on Mark 16:1-20 and 1 Corinthians 15. Use this simple outline to guide your understanding of the text:  

  • Bewilderment! Read Mark 16:1-8 again. What were the range of emotions the women experienced on this morning? What extraordinary news did the angels share? What were the women to do with the good news? What are you doing with the good news? What emotions do you experience knowing that Jesus died for you and rose from the dead?  
  • Repent and Believe! Read Mark 16:9-14. Why was it so hard for Jesus disciples to believe? Who first told you about Jesus and his resurrection? How long did it take you to believe and act on your belief? Have you responded to Jesus by repenting of your sin, confessing your belief in Jesus to others, and being baptized for the forgiveness of your sins? What do you remember? Share your story with someone this week.  
  • Go and Share! Read Mark 16: 15-20. Jesus’ followers are sent out on a mission to preach the Good News. Read the book of Acts to understand what signs accompanied their preaching. What does preaching look like for you? Who are those you would most like to have respond to Jesus for salvation? What is your motivation to share Jesus with people “everywhere”?  
  • Deepen Your Hope. Read 1 Corinthians 15 for the single most power explanation in all the Bible about the meaning and significance of Jesus resurrection from the dead.  

Finish: Close your mini retreat by internalizing what you have just experienced. Easter is a time of joy, celebration and hope. It often involves church services, family meals, and more. Plan a time in the day or week following the busyness of traditions to focus on Jesus. Here are some great suggestions:   

  • Write a letter explaining your hope in Jesus that you might pass on to future generations.   
  • Plan a new tradition for you and your family that might spiritually enrichen future Easters.   
  • Watch a movie based on the life of Jesus with family and friends. Stop and discuss, or note if it strays from the Biblical account. We recommend the Jesus Film Project. Watch at https://www.jesusfilm.org/watch.html  
  • Find a piece of art or a song celebrating the resurrection and spend the week enjoying it.    

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