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Fifth in the series “Why Should I Even Care That Jesus Was Raised From The Dead?”

Luke 24:13-35

Main Point:  Jesus is active in our lives even when we don’t immediately recognize him.

  1. Jesus meets us even when we’re going the wrong way [13-24]
    1. Deuteronomy 18:17-19
    2. “Hope” in the Scriptures = “Reasonable expectation”
  2. Jesus expects us to listen to what the Bible teaches [25-27]
    1. 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
    2. Genesis 3:15
  3. Jesus makes his presence known in Christian fellowship [28-35]
    1. 2 Kings 5:17
    2. Psalm 19:7-8
  4. Application Questions:
    1. How are you going to go about learning the meaning of the Scriptures better?
    2. How are you going to more intentionally engage with God’s people this month?
    3. How are you going to respond to Jesus today?

Fourth in the series “Why Should I Even Care That Jesus Was Raised From The Dead?”

Luke 24:1-12

Main Point:  God desires for us to respond to His necessary and predicted acts with faith rather than suspicion.

  1. Sometimes God does things we would not guess [1-5a]
    1. Psalm 30:4-5
  2. Usually god has already hinted at His plan [5b-8]
    1. Luke 9:21-22
    2. Luke 9:43-45
    3. Luke 18:31-34
    4. Isaiah 53:7-10
  3. Often, God is met with unwarranted skepticism [9-12]

Application Questions:

  1. How can we respond better to the skepticism and apathy that our culture demonstrates towards the resurrection?
  2. What is going to be your response to the angel’s declaration today?

Third in the series “Why Should I Even Care That Jesus Was Raised From The Dead?”

Matthew 28:16-20

Main Point:  Jesus will never abandon us on the assignment he gave us based upon his astounding authority.

  1. Whenever Jesus shows up, he is obviously in charge [16-18]
    1. Matthew 10:2-4
    2. 1 Corinthians 15:6
    3. James 4:7-8
    4. Daniel 7:13-14
    5. Ephesians 1:20-23
  2. However we spend our lives, we have a clear focus [19-20a]
    1. Matthew 10:5-7
  3. Whatever we face in this era, we are never alone [20b]
    1. John 14:16-18
  4. Application Questions:
    1. How can you overcome any residual hesitancy in your response to Jesus?
    2. What is an aspect of the Great Commission that you need to pay more attention towards obeying this week?
    3. How do you go about finding Jesus’ presence during times that are difficult?

Second in the series “Why should I Even Care That Jesus Was Raised From The Dead?”

Matthew 28:1-15

Main Point:  When encountering the resurrected Jesus, there really are only two sensible reactions.

  1. Joyfully sharing your experience with others [1-10]
    1. Hebrews 12:11-13
    2. Psalm 22:22-24
  2. Stubbornly resisting his mission through dishonesty [11-15]
    1. Psalm 14:1-3
    2. Psalm 53:1-3
  3. How will you respond:  Fear or Joy?

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First in the series “Why Should I Even Care That Jesus Was Raised From The Dead?”

Mark 16:1-8

Main Point:  The shock of truly encountering the reality of the resurrection will change the trajectory of your entire life.

  1. Compared to the resurrection, our best plans are feeble [1-5]
    1. Malachi 4: 1 – 3
  2. Despite our weakness, God’s amazing plan is enacted [6-8]
    1. Acts 2:22-24
  3. Application Questions:
    1. See – What steps could you take to more objectively observe the evidence for Christianity?
    2. Go – What would it look like for you to leave the tomb of your doubts?
    3. Tell – Who needs to be encouraged by hearing your story of encountering The Crucified One?