Easter Reflections_Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

On Easter of 2019, Pastor Deric preached a sermon entitled Easter Reflections focused on asking the right questions.
ICEBREAKER: Was there ever a time when you were frightened for your life?
1. How does the Bible’s portrayal of Jesus’ full humanity [hunger – Matthew 4:2; thirst – John 19:28; physically exhausted/weary – John 4:6; tired – Matthew 8:24; agony/ anguish – Luke 22:44] affect your perspective of Him? Does this help you in your spiritual walk, or hinder you? Why?
2. Do you fear death? How do Scripture passages such as Hebrews 2:14-15, 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, Revelation 20:11-14, and Revelation 21:4 change your outlook?
3. Hebrews 2:17-18 lists some results stemming from Christ’s sacrifice of Himself on the cross for the sins of humanity. Are any of these particularly poignant for you? Why?
4. How do you account for the apparent shock and surprise of the first witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection [Luke 24:1-12] in light of His clear communication to them prior to the event [Luke 18:31-34]?
5. What did the reaction of the disciples in Luke 24:36-43 reveal about the reality of Jesus’ resurrection, and how did Jesus reassure them?
6. What features of the encounter between Jesus and Mary Magdalene in John 20:11-18 indicate this was an eye-witness account? What aspects do you find personally touching or moving? Why?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the messages on Good Friday or Easter Sunday?
“God has defeated Satan through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through this overwhelming victory, God has also empowered you to overcome any temptation to sin and has provided sufficient resources for you to respond biblically to any problem of life. By relying on God’s power and being obedient to His Word, you can be an overcomer in any situation.” [John C. Broger]