Missed the sermon? Never mind, you can pick it up here: GO!
Read Matthew 28: 11-20
- In the first 5 verses discuss how each of the characters mentioned responded to the resurrection, i.e., what did they do, what did they say and why?
- In the sermon those first 5 verses were described as what (in comparison with the last 5). Discuss as a group why it is important:
- to be aware of what the enemy wants;
- understand the enemies tactics;
- to fully understand the enemy is defeated?
- Some doubted… discuss.
- Jesus delivers his “commission” sandwiched between a statement (verse 18) and another encouraging instruction (verse 20b). discuss what difference that should make to us.
- Talk through the instruction to Go and… (verses 19 and 20a), considering as you go: what is a disciple, how do you make disciples, what is baptism and why is it important? Why in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
If you’ve not picked up the sermon on this passage yet, you can find it here – UP AGAINST IT!
We’re looking at Acts 4: 1-22.
- When did this account happen? As a group sketch out a rough timeline between ‘Good Friday’ and this account.
- What do we know about the characters mentioned in this description.
- Can we learn anything about how the authorities were dealing with the resurrection of Jesus, and how they were explaining it?
- Discuss healing. Does God always heal, never heal or sometimes heal today, and why does He do it, or not…?
- There were a lot of brief points thrown out in the sermon, which were considered helps for us today. Can you recall any? Or list a number of your own as a group?
- After discussion, spend some time in prayer focussing on the persecuted church, and our own situation as people called to be “Salt & Light”
If you missed the sermon you can pick it up here: Believing AND Following
Read Luke 23: 26-43
- As you read through the passage, consider the various characters we meet along the way and for each of the characters discuss:
- What do we know about them (maybe from other passages)?
- Did Jesus talk to them?
- Do we know how they responded to Jesus?
- What do the various things that happen and are said in this passage teach us about:
- Our own faith;
- Christs love;
- Sharing the gospel?
- What is the difference between intellectual belief and following Jesus?
Read Luke 24:13-33
Catch up on the sermon if you missed it – here it is: A walk with Jesus (message)
- Put yourself in the place of the people in verses 13-24. What are they doing, thinking and feeling? Why does Jesus ask the two what they are discussing (verse 17) and “what things” had been going on lately (verse 19)?
- Sum up Cleopas and the other disciple’s answers? What do you make of their understanding of who Jesus is?
- Look at verses 25-27. Is Jesus being hard on the disciples? Why or why not? What is he particularly concerned about? Why do you think it was “necessary”for the Messiah to “suffer these things and then enter into his glory”?
- Jesus showed them the passages all through the Bible that were about Him. What are some of these passages that he might have mentioned? Here are some to get you started(Genesis 3:15; Numbers 21:6-9 [cf. John 3:14-15]; Deuteronomy 18:15; Psalms 22; 16:8-11; 118:22-23; Isaiah 11:1-7; 53:1-6; 61:1 [with Luke 4:18-22]; Daniel 7:13-14 [cf. Matthew 26:64].), but there are many more, try and find as many as you can.
- What do you think it means that their hearts “burned within them” when Jesus explained the Scriptures to them (verse 32)? Have you ever experienced this as you’ve read your bible?
- What has changed about the disciples understanding about Jesus, and what is the effect?
I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices
Sunday: We thank God for a successful A.G.M. at conference and for the offering of just over £5,000 which will provide for two new toilet blocks.
Monday: Pray for the committee members who were re-elected, and for Geoff Chapman who has joined the committee. Pray for wisdom for each of them as they seek God’s will for the future.
Tuesday: Pray for continued protection from the Ebola virus for those in Sierra Leone, thanking God for the protection so far.
Wednesday: Pray that the rice might continue to be a source of comfort to the needy and outreach to non-Christians in S.L. as Daniel, Magnus and the leaders distribute to those in need.
Thursday: Pray for the new chairman and General Superintendent of the connexion in S.L., Rev Theophilus Nicol, for his assistant Rev Alex Dixon also Rev Magnus Bendu as he takes on the role of secretary.
Friday: Pray for Rev Daniel Koroma, our agent in Sierra Leone as he carries out the many tasks he does for us, but also in running his church.
Saturday: Pray for the children who have been brought into the new home at Bethesda and for those looking after them, as they teach the love of Jesus through all they do.