Week 3 of the JPC Project:
(ICYMI: You can learn more about and sign up to join us in the JPC Project HERE).
Acts 17:16-18, Acts 26:24-28 (You can listen to Tim's Sunday Sermon HERE)
Go Deeper Passages:
John 5:24-25, John 6:39, 1 Corinthians 6:14, Romans 6:5-9, 1 Corinthians 15:14-23, 2 Timothy 2:11, Colossians 3:4, Luke 24: 13-43, John 20:24-29. I John 5:11-12, John 11:25-26, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20
Where do you feel truly alive? Does hope reside deep inside of your life? Jesus’ death left a lot of doubt. He trusted God that his crucifixion wasn’t the end of the story. Can you imagine taking on the whole world’s sin upon yourself and still needing to rely on God to fulfill a promise to bring you back to life? The good news is that God did, and Jesus came back to ever-lasting life. The tomb was empty. Death had officially been conquered. As the firstborn of the new creation Jesus tore down our understanding of existence and re-built it by giving us an eternal hope. Inviting us to hope beyond our own grave! Perhaps you are looking for hope elsewhere? Do you ever find yourself searching everywhere and in-between for reassurance that everything will be okay? That there is more to life than your pain or the world's disaster around you. Jesus’ resurrection assures us that life doesn’t end at our experience on earth, whatever may come of it. Instead, we have a God who destroys death by rising above it. A God we can trust to lead us in to life everlasting. A Christ who is bigger than our challenges, fears, doubts, shame, guilt, and hopelessness. A God who is our hope, saves us, and wants you to walk with Him now and in to eternity. A God who wants you to live as if this is true. A God who asks you to pray for other's resurrection, and to join you in following Him, the only one who is truly the "Resurrection and The Life" (John 10).
In what ways do you live as if there is no resurrection? Do you live as if Jesus stayed in the grave? How does this work itself out in your life? What hopelessness and pain do you experience as a result? What is hard to make sense of?
How do you find hope in the good news that Jesus is alive and praying for you? That He will bring us and our world to full restoration. That Jesus’ death wasn’t the end of the story and we will be reunited with Him again in our home when His Kingdom comes again?
Where does the resurrection call you to live for more than yourself? To do so today? Where are you afraid to do so? What would happen if you trusted your life to God now, and in to eternity? What would look differently? What impact would you and others see and experience?
Jesus: Celebrate that Christ is alive! Love God as if He will never leave nor forsake you. Write down a list of things you have grateful hope for because the grave couldn’t keep Jesus down!
People: Resurrect a friendship by reaching out and speaking life in to a broken relationship. Say you are sorry to someone you have wronged. Give life to someone else through dying to your self and trusting God to bring your bond back to life.
City: Pray for the death you see in our city and world. Is there a cause or issue on your heart? Commit to being a faithful and loving presence by moving towards this challenge in a way that God calls you to, as you listen. Share this plan with a friend who can hold you to it. Follow through.