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Sermon & Fellowship Group Notes | 16/04/2017 | Go…Rejoice & Live!

Bible Reading | John 20:1-9 (NIRV)

The Tomb Is Empty

1 Early on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. It was still dark. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the entrance. So she ran to Simon Peter and another disciple, the one Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb! We don’t know where they have put him!” So Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. Both of them were running. The other disciple ran faster than Peter. He reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there. But he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him. He went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there. He also saw the funeral cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place. It was separate from the linen. The disciple who had reached the tomb first also went inside. He saw and believed. They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.

New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

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QUESTIONS

    1. Why do you think Mary visited the tomb so “early on the first day” of the week (vs.1)?
    1. Reflect on her state of anxiety (vs. 2), what does this tell you about her reaction to what she found at the tomb?
    1. Who do you think “the other disciple, the one who Jesus loved” (vs. 2) is? Why do you think his name is not mentioned?
    1. Some statements to prayerfully consider this week as your personal invitation to live a resurrected life.

An Easter life is…:

    • A new life…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

John 10:10 “I have come [said Jesus] so they may have life. I want them to have it in the fullest possible way”.

2 Corinthians 5:17 “When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here!”

    • A new life that throws off the grave clothes of ………………………………………..

Ephesians 6:14-18: “So remain strong in the faith. Put the belt of truth around your waist. Put the armour of godliness on your chest. Wear on your feet what will prepare you to tell the good news of peace. Also, pick up the shield of faith. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Put on the helmet of salvation. And take the sword of the Holy Spirit. The sword is God’s word. At all times, pray by the power of the Spirit. Pray all kinds of prayers. Be watchful, so that you can pray. Always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

    • A new life that rolls the grave stones away of …………………………………………
    • A new life that expects the unexpected…………………………………………………….
    • A new life that in love, embraces hurt and brokenness………………………….
    • Do you need the gift of a “new” resurrected life? ………………………………….

PRAYER FOCUS FOR THE WEEK

Numbers 6:24-26: “May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord cause his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and grant you peace.”

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