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Key Thought:

The Resurrection of Jesus is a historical fact!


Key Quote

“He is risen! He is risen indeed!”



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What’s your favorite aspect of Easter?
  • What’s your favorite Easter tradition?
  • What is a time period that fascinates you?
  • When you think about history, what comes to mind?



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Why is the resurrection of Jesus so important to the Christian faith?
  • Why is it important to note that multiple historical records exist about Jesus?
  • What does the historical accuracy of the Gospel offer for those who doubt?
  • When Jesus said to God, “It is finished,” what did that mean for us?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • How would your life look different if you lived like “He is Risen” every day?
  • Have you ever had doubts about Christianity? Did Pastor Bil’s message help speak into any of those doubts?
  • Describe a time that you had doubt about something, and how the facts convinced you?
  • What events from your own personal history strengthen the case for Christ?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for sacrificing yourself on the cross for our sins. We love you and praise you for not only dying for us, but now living for us. In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Commit to being more verbal about your faith outside of the church building.
  • Consider how the Gospel was shared with you and share Jesus in the same way with someone this week.
  • If you have any doubts regarding the resurrection or life of Jesus, research the facts this week.
  • Share this message with someone you know that doubts the validity of the resurrection.


Scriptures

…for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Mark 9:31-32 NRSV

One of the twelve disciples, Thomas, was not with the others when Jesus came. 25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” 26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them…Jesus[appeared] ..among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. 29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” John 20:24-29 NLT

“People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus of Nazareth by doing wonderful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know. Acts 2:22 NLT

Suddenly, Festus shouted, “Paul, you are insane. Too much study has made you crazy!” But Paul replied, “I am not insane, Most Excellent Festus. I am speaking the sober truth. And King Agrippa knows about these things. I speak frankly, for I am sure these events are all familiar to him, for they were not done in a corner! King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do—” Agrippa interrupted him. “Do you think you can make me a Christian so quickly?” Acts 26:24-28 NLT

“Jesus promised, ‘I AM the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again.” John 11:25 NLT


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