He is Risen!

Scripture Passages: Mark 11,14,16

According to the Gospel of Mark, there were four different responses to Jesus by the people in Jerusalem. What is crazy is that we still make some of the same responses to Jesus today. Read and reflect on the responses below.

1. Great tradition, see you next year. | Mark 14:1
Tradition is only as good as the passion behind it. The people missed that they were celebrating the Passover, for the coming Lamb of God that is Jesus.

2. I have already made up my mind. | Mark 14:61-63
I’ll listen to the story of Jesus, but I am not willing to receive any information because I have formed my opinion. Many Pharisees and other religious leaders would not receive from Jesus because they had already formed their opinion.

3. What’s in it for me? | Mark 11:8-10
The people thought that Jesus was going to be a conquering ruler, not a suffering servant. Since He wasn’t what they expected they weren’t satisfied.

4. Resurrection Response | Mark 16:1-7
Because of the resurrection, I believe that God has the power to save me and transform me.

Think and talk about it!

• Which one of these responses do you identify with the most? Why?

• What does the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ mean to you?

• How has the resurrection of Jesus Christ changed your life?

Three Crosses, Two Choices

Scripture Passage: Luke 23: 32-43

Pastor Ryan shared lessons to be learned from the two criminals that were crucified on either side of Jesus.

Lesson from the first criminal…

• Not everyone is saved (all roads do not lead to God).

• You can be very near Jesus and still be lost (being around the church does not save you).

• You can be convinced that Jesus lived and still be lost (salvation does not come by believing that Jesus lived and was a good guy).

• A man can wish to be saved and still be lost (salvation takes more than a mental wish).

Lesson from the second criminal…

• You can be saved in an instant.

• You don’t have to understand everything in order to be saved.

• You are not saved through ritual.

• You are not saved by works (Romans 10:9 states: “…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”)

• A saved person enters heaven at the moment of death.

It’s interesting that both criminals experienced the same in the presence of Jesus, and heard what Jesus said. Yet, one “railed as him” (blasphemed him), and the other responded to him in faith.

Reflection and Discussion

Certainly the cross leads to salvation, but it also leads to hearing and being obedient to Christ’s call on our daily lives. Reflect on how you have responded to Jesus.

Around your table today, share your thoughts on the significance of remembering the cross. How do you hear and respond?

He Is Risen | Easter 2016

EasterScripture Passage: 1 Peter 1:3-5

He is alive! He is risen! The tomb is empty! This is the great hope for all mankind. That Jesus Christ died and rose again three days later.

1 Peter 1:3-5
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Pastor Ryan illustrated 2 key truths in this passage.

1. Jesus is who He says He is.

2. I am not who I used to be.

At the close of the message today Pastor Ryan pointed out there are 4 types of people:

1. Those who are saved who know they are saved.
2. Those who are saved who worry that they are lost.
3. Those who are lost who think they are saved.
4. Those who are lost who know that they are lost.

Spend time as a family honestly answering where you are with the Jesus. He offers us a living hope because He has come back from the dead and proven who He really is – the Son of God and the Savior of the world.

Plan to join us next week as we begin Restore The Table — an exciting new series that will challenge and equip us to restore the family table as a place for spiritual conversations, for passing along our values, and for helping our children to embrace a biblical worldview.