Fix Your Eyes On Jesus
Easter: Out of the darkness
ICE BREAKER (start here)
When was the first time you heard the Easter story? When was the first time that you remember being impacted by the Easter story? If you have not yet been impacted by the Easter story, why do you think that is the case?
intro (read aloud before the discussion)
The Easter story is the greatest story ever told. It is breathtaking, unique, and the invitation to a life that is truly life. Jesus gives us purpose. Jesus defeats our fear. Jesus destroys doubt! Let’s fix our eyes on him.
SERMON DISCUSSION (Use as a guide for dialogue, let God lead, and read the verses aloud)
Can you think of a season in your life when you were searching for purpose, for some thing, for meaning? Share how you felt in that season.
Read John 20:14-18. Talk about Jesus giving Mary a name, identity, and a mission to go be the very first to announce the resurrection! What do you think God is saying to you about your name, identity, and purpose in this season?
Read John 20:19-20. Notice that Jesus enters and brings his peace and joy. Talk about this scene. What stands out to you?
Talk about this: “We think that fear is the result of something out there, but (according to this story) fear is really the result of missing the person that is right here.”
What are you afraid of right now? How might you be missing the One who is near and sufficient for your need?
Read John 20:24-28. Thomas is full of doubt. We can relate. When we begin to doubt, we easily end up doubting everything! How can you relate right now in your journey?
Thomas made a demand on God in the midst of the doubt. What demands have you made on God or others in the midst of your doubt?
There is no question that Jesus is showing up for you like he did for Thomas. What is he doing or saying to you right now as he seeks to defeat doubt in your life? It could be subtle or obvious.
Read verse 28 again. Out of the darkness of doubt comes the most personal response to Jesus, “My Lord and my God.“ What if we must walk through the darkness in order to experience the light of that personal, real, and unending intimacy with Jesus? Do you think that some sort of season of darkness is necessary?
MINISTRY TIME (Invite the Spirit of God to come – “Come Holy Spirit”)
Right now, give a “Yes” to Jesus for the first time, or give a new or second “Yes” to Jesus. Commit or recommit to this life of purpose and joy and intimacy with Jesus right now. This is a resurrection moment. Ask for prayer. “God, help in my search for identity, and defeat the fear and doubt in the name of Jesus.”
SPIRITUAL FORMATION (This is a weekly practice as we seek to become more like Jesus)
Travis mentioned on Sunday, “What if these pages of scripture are like windows to find what we have been looking for all along?” This week, take a bit of time each morning to read John chapter 20 and meditate on the Easter story. Allow the power of the resurrected Jesus to break through and change everything. Let’s introduce ourselves (or re-introduce ourselves) to Jesus through daily scripture reading. Check out the “Together on Mission” podcast for a helpful guide.
John 1 | Psalm 84
John 2 | Psalm 85
John 3 | Psalm 86
John 4 | Psalm 87
John 5 | Psalm 88
John 6 | Psalm 89