The Impact of the Empty Tomb

The Impact of the Empty Tomb Today

The Resurrection Account (Luke 24:1-12)

  1. Human reality
  2. Divine Reality
  3. When the Two Collide

The Resurrection Applied (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

  1. The Reality of Salvation in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1): Facts of the Christian Life
    1. “Heard the Gospel.”
    2. “Received the Gospel.”
    3. “Take You Stand.”
  2. The Human Reality (1 Corinthians 15:2): Challenges to the Christian Life
    1. “You are saved.”
    2. “You Hold Firm.”
    3. “Or, you have believed in Vain.”
  3. When the Two Collide (1 Corinthians 15:3-4): The Foundation of the Christian Life
    1. “Christ Died for Our Sins.”
    2. “He Was Buried.”
    3. “He Rose Again.”

Questions for Further Study:

  1. How do people pass on their beliefs and traditions to others?
  2. What do you think is important to pass on from one generation to the next?
  3. What do you want others to remember about you?
  4. How can a Christian avoid believing the gospel in vain? (1 Corinthians 15:1-2)
  5. Why is it important to “hold firmly to the word”? (1 Corinthians 15:2)
  6. Why did Paul pass on what he had received? (1 Corinthians 15:3)
  7. How did Christ’s life fulfill the Scriptures? (1 Corinthians 15:3)
  8. What are the key points of the gospel? (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
  9. To whom did Christ appear after His resurrection? (1 Corinthians 15:5-8)
  10. Why did Paul emphasize the facts of Christ’s resurrection? (1 Corinthians 15:5-8)
  11. Why did Paul describe himself as one “abnormally born”? (1 Corinthians 15:8)
  12. Why did Paul feel unworthy to be called an apostle? (1 Corinthians 15:9)
  13. For what reason was Paul able to call himself an apostle? (1 Corinthians 15:10)
  14. On what did Paul’s apostleship rest? (1 Corinthians 15:10)
  15. How would you describe, in your own words, the importance of the gospel to your life?
  16. What has God’s grace accomplished in you?
  17. In what one area of your life have you been stubborn about allowing God’s grace to work?
  18. What does it mean for you to hold firmly to the gospel?
  19. What are the implications of the fact that the truth of the gospel is of first importance to God?
  20. What difference does it make that Christ’s death and resurrection fulfilled Old Testament prophecy?
  21. How does Christ appear or make Himself known to us today?
  22. What evidence could you use to persuade others this week about the truth of the gospel?
  23. How could you rely on God’s grace in your efforts to tell your friends about Christ?

Three Ways to Prepare for Easter

THREE WAYS TO PREPARE FOR EASTER
Luke 19:37-38; Romans 1:1-7

  1. We prepare through an authentic life of praise and adoration to Jesus Christ.
  2. We prepare as the Object of our praise and adoration becomes our identity.
  3. We prepare as our Identity in Christ becomes confirmed through genuinely belonging to the church.

Questions for Further Study:

  1. What are some of the normal ways people begin a letter or a phone call?
  2. When have you been startled by the opening paragraph of a letter?
  3. If you were writing the initial letter to a pen pal, how would you introduce yourself?
  4. How did Paul introduce and identify himself to the Romans? (Romans 1:1)
  5. What special calling on his life did Paul feel? (Romans 1:1)
  6. In what ways has God revealed His gospel to people? (Romans 1:2-4)
  7. Who is the focus of God’s gospel? (Romans 1:2-4)
  8. What credentials does Jesus have to confirm His claim as Son of God? (Romans 1:3-4)
  9. What did Paul and others receive as a calling for their lives? (Romans 1:5)
  10. Who were the new group of people being exposed to the gospel message? (Romans 1:5)
  11. What were the Gentiles and all people being called to believe? (Romans 1:5)
  12. How did Paul describe the people who were receiving this letter? (Romans 1:6)
  13. To whom was this letter written? (Romans 1:7)
  14. What kind of greeting did Paul send to his audience? (Romans 1:7)
  15. In what way do you feel God has placed a special calling on your life?
  16. What purpose for living has God given you?
  17. What words do you use to describe yourself to others as a follower of Jesus Christ?
  18. How did you feel when you realized God’s gospel was meaningful to you?
  19. What do most people today believe about God’s plan for the world?
  20. What do most people today believe about God’s plan for their personal salvation?
  21. How have your beliefs about Jesus Christ changed during the various stages of your life?
  22. In what ways would remembering in prayer each day God’s calling on and plan for your life affect your daily walk with Christ?
  23. With whom could you share God’s unfolding plan of salvation for the whole world?
  24. How would you explain God’s plan of salvation to a friend?
  25. To what friend could you explain God’s love and your response to His plan of salvation? How?

A Life Change

A Life Change
5 Practical Differences the Risen Christ Brings to our Lives
Colossians 3:1-17 (Romans 12:3-8)

Since You have been raised up with Christ:

  1. Your affections. (Colossians 3:1-4)
  2. Your past. (Colossians 3:5-7).
  3. Your character. (Colossians 3:8-11).
  4. Your relationships. (Colossians 3:12-15)
  5. Your worship and work. (Colossians 3:16-17; Romans 12:3-8)

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. What’s the nicest suit or outfit you have ever worn?
  2. When you’re finished with your old clothes, what do you often do with them?
  3. Where did Paul tell the Colossians to turn their attention? (Colossians 3:1)
  4. Where did Paul tell the believers to focus their concern? (Colossians 3:2)
  5. What was the Colossians’ security? (Colossians 3:3)
  6. Why should believers look forward to Christ’s return? (Colossians 3:4)
  7. What must die? (Colossians 3:5)
  8. What evil activities does God seek to eliminate from our lives? (Colossians 3:5)
  9. Why is God’s wrath coming? (Colossians 3:5-6)
  10. What had the Colossians taken off? (Colossians 3:7-9)
  11. What had the Colossians put on? (Colossians 3:10)
  12. What distinctions are removed in Christ? (Colossians 3:11)
  13. What virtues does God seek to plant in us? (Colossians 3:12, 14)
  14. How were the Colossian believers called to clothe themselves? (Colossians 3:12-17)
  15. Why did Paul call on the believers to be peaceful and thankful? (Colossians 3:15-16)
  16. What should we do? How? (Colossians 3:17)
  17. What is one principle that ought to guide everything we do? (Colossians 3:17)
  18. If you consistently set your sights on Christ and heaven, how would your life be different?
  19. What old, “earthly” clothing do you need to get rid of?
  20. How does wearing “Christ’s clothing” affect the way you live your daily life?
  21. What Christian virtues are you lacking?
  22. What spiritual process is involved in “putting off” and “putting on”?
  23. What is involved in replacing old habits with new ones?
  24. How should life in Christ affect the way you treat others?
  25. How are all your relationships to be built around Christ?
  26. Why do we need to be loving toward others?
  27. Why is a thankful spirit an important part of holy living?
  28. Which of God’s goals for holy living do you need to apply to your life this week?
  29. How can you be more thankful and loving to those who are close to you?