Passage: Mark 15:40-47, Mark 16:1-8
Memory Verse for the Week: Mark 16:5-7 (ESV)
And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”
Intro: What do you believe about the possibility of real change?
WHAT IS REALLY POSSIBLE?
What is a constant biblical assumption?
DEATH AND DESPAIR
Why are the witnesses in this story credible, and what did they expect?
What do we learn from the empty tomb and the angel’s words?
YOU CAN PRAY WITH US …
1. Praise the LORD that He has the very power of being in His control. Worship Him, God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that as the Author of Life for His power even over death.
2. How have you lived crushed by the status quo, by the way things just are, as if the brokenness of this world will never really change? Confess your unbelief to Jesus, asking Him to forgive you and give you hope.
3. Give thanks to Jesus, the resurrected Savior, that He offers His very life to us. Thank Him for how His resurrection changes despair into hope, fear becomes triumph, and that what sin undermined, Jesus now secures.
4. Who do you know that is cynical, living as if nothing broken ever really changes or gets better? Pray for them, asking the Lord to make known to them His love and resurrection power.
5. Ask the Holy Spirit to work His fruit of love, joy and hope more and more into your heart. Read Ephesians 1:17-21 and pray for His power to work cynicism out of you and joy into how you think and live.
The Facilitator is a study tool designed to help you engage with the weekly sermon through the five elements we incorporate in our Community Groups; Get Acquainted & Sharing, Sermon Study, Mission, Worship and Prayer. This tool will be made available Monday morning to give us the opportunity to look back at what we heard on Sunday.