But Now… Victory: All Additional Resources

Here are the magazine articles that were selected to go along with this session: Bible Studies For Life: Adults—The War is Over Bible Studies For Life: Young Adults—A Reflection of Sacrifice Bible Studies For Life: Senior Adults and Bible Studies For Life: Adults (KJV)—An Easter Message By the way, if you are wondering what to do […]

Special Focus, Easter: Free Student Devotion, “A Willing Sacrifice”

This is the free student devotion for the Special Focus, Easter: “But Now…Victory.” Pause To begin your time with God, ponder this quote from “Let’s Go!” in The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones: “To rescue God’s children, Jesus would have to die. There was no other way. It was the reason He had come.” The […]

But Now…Victory: A Reflection of Sacrifice

by Lou Carlozo If you’re like most Americans, you start playing Christmas carols — “O Holy Night” and “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” — at least a month before Christmas. You spend hours wrapping gifts and hanging lights, jaunting off to countless Christmas parties. But in the weeks leading up to Easter, do you sit around listening to “Up From the Grave […]

But Now… Victory: Introduction Option for Women’s Groups

To begin today’s session, Whether or not you’ve ever tumbled across a gym floor, you likely remember this memorable victory. (If you don’t see the clip below, click here to watch directly on YouTube) Have you ever had the pressure to produce a victory? How did you respond? Whose victories have you had no part in […]

But Now…Victory: An Easter Message

  On a beautiful spring day in 1977, my assistant, Specialist Fourth Class Tim Joiner, and I, a U.S. Army chaplain, were “on the circuit,” visiting our men at one of the 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade’s scattered missile sites in the Republic of South Korea.  by Jack E. Brown  After a 2 and a […]

But Now… Victory: Conclusion Option for Young Adults/Singles

To conclude your discussion, show the following clip from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.  If you do not see the clip below, click here to watch on You Tube:http://youtu.be/vcij7XOCyAc. There is also a shorter version (2.5 minutes) of just Aslan’s resurrection: http://youtu.be/w0u90NYqTCk Ask: Why did Aslan walk willingly to his […]

But Now… Victory: Current Events Connection

To help conclude this Easter session, summarize or print out this story about a woman who chose to forego cancer treatment in order to protect the life of her unborn baby, even though it cost her her own life. http://fox4kc.com/2014/04/02/mother-sacrifices-self-to-save-unborn-baby-girl/ After sharing the story, ask some of the following questions: What was the motivating factor […]

But Now… Victory: Discussion Option for Parents

You may have heard the old sermon illustration about the drawbridge operator who had to make a choice between saving a train full of passengers or his own son, who had fallen beneath the bridge. The Czech film Most (2003) tells that story. Show this clip from the film. (Warning, it is pretty intense—not because it is […]

But Now… Victory: Additional Questions

The Point: Because of Jesus’ resurrection, nothing can defeat you–not even death. Icebreaker Have you ever been on a losing team (or cheered for a losing team) – how did that feel? In your opinion, why do so many people come to church on Resurrection Sunday and then never come back till the next year? […]

Kids: Spring 2014: Special Focus: Crucifixion and Resurrection (April 20)

Grades 1–6: Special Focus Session – Crucifixion and Resurrection  Scripture: Matthew 26:36–28:10 Grades 1–3  Introductory Activity—Play a Relay Game  •Supply 10 balloons, 2 large spoons, small pieces of paper, and a marker. •Write the individual letters for the word “Alive” on separate, small pieces of paper. Slip each of these into a balloon, blow the […]