The Point: Jesus is the Resurrection who gives us life now and forever.
- Get Into the Study
- Study the Bible
- Live It Out
- Additional Questions
- Member Extra
- Tips for Leading Bible Study Groups
Get Into the Study
Use the following information to introduce Question #1.
Begin by sharing this news story:
U.S. American gymnast Gabby Douglas was the all-around gymnastics champion in the 2012 Olympics, winning gold medals in the individual all-around and team competitions. Not content to rest on these past achievements, today Douglas is looking to the future and trying to accomplish a difficult “repeat.” She has her sights on the 2016 Olympics and is planning to compete – only six American women have competed in two Olympics since 1980. And repeating as a gold medalist is even rarer – no one since Vera Caslavska in 1968 has repeated in winning gold. Looking forward to the upcoming Olympics, Douglas won the 2016 AT&T American Cup competition on March 5. This American Cup event showcases the gymnasts who will be competing in the next Olympics. “From the bottom of my heart,” Douglas says, “I really believe that I can achieve more. … I’m like, ‘Guys, I’m back. I’m serious.”
Say: For Gabby Douglas, the future is hopeful and the goal is clear – she’s aiming for gold (another gold) at the 2016 Olympics.
Then direction attention to Question #1, PSG, p. 37, (“What helps you feel hopeful about the future?”). Call for volunteers to share responses.
Information for this post was gleaned from here:
Live It Out
Use the following story and activity as you wrap up this session.
When told he was too young to volunteer in the local soup kitchen last October, nine-year-old Dusty Liulay coordinated his own effort to bring hope (and food) to homeless people.
Dusty sat down at his kitchen table and began to pack lunches in brown bags to deliver to the homeless in Portland, Oregon, and named the operation “Dusty’s Sacks of Hope.” A cousin decided to help him with fundraising and in one month, they were able to raise about $2,600 for the project. Dusty and his cousin say $200 will make about 120-130 lunches.
Why are physical expressions important to those in need of hope?
Why are physical expressions not enough to provide lasting hope?
Proverbs 13:12 says this: ‘”Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” Specifically, how can you bring an end to the deferred hope in the lives of those closest to you, relationally and geographically?
Want to learn more about Dusty Liulay? Go to: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/every-week-boy-packs-100-bags-with-food-for-homeless/
Emily Jennings wrote this Leader Extra. Emily is wife to Brian and Mommy to her three sweet boys. She loves serving at FBC, Woodstock, Georgia, where her husband is Middle School Pastor. Find her on Twitter: @emilyejennings.
- What is your greatest wish?
- Have you ever wished upon a star?
- When you hear the word “heaven”, what do you think of?
- What helps you feel hopeful about the future?
- When did your biggest hope come true?
- What did Martha’s statements say about her?
- How did Jesus extend hope to Martha?
- What are your expectations for God when things go wrong?
- What emotions do you experience while you’re hoping for something good to happen?
- What emotions do you experience when your hopes don’t come through?
- How does the hope of eternal life influence your daily decisions?
- Why is it important that Jesus is both resurrection and life?
- How did you come to believe in Jesus as the resurrection and life?
- Who is someone in your life right now that needs the gospel?
- How do Jesus’ claims in these verses produce hope?
- Why are Jesus’ words in these verses a source of hope?
- How would you describe the hope of heaven to someone who’s never heard about it?
- Why do you believe Jesus’ statement?
- Describe a time you felt like God didn’t show up.
- Talk about a time God showed up, but not in the way you expected.
- Bringing Lazarus back to life was definitely unexpected. In what ways does Jesus still do the unexpected?
- What decisions have you made about the identity of Jesus?
- How comfortable do you feel encouraging others to make a decision about Jesus?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional: