We’re officially in the Easter season, Small Group Leaders! And that means it’s time to revisit the Easter story with your students in our new series, Back to Life. This week, we’ll be talking to your students about how Jesus is always working in the middle of their stories, even when it doesn’t seem that way. We’re praying for you as you guide your students through this week’s discussion.
Easter: As we prepare for Easter Sunday, just a reminder that 180 will be a bit different. 180 will be in the 5th Gear Room for 5-8th grade students. There will not be small groups. The Student Center will be a second venue, a coffee venue, for the sanctuary service and we will encourage high school students to attend with their families. 5-8th graders will have a service created just for them at the 7:45, 9:00, and 10:15 hours. We are in need of 1-2 volunteers per service to help us out. Please let us know if you are available!
Save The Date: Friday May 11, 2018 from 6-8pm is our VSM Leader Celebration Dinner! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2018 so we can plan dinner accordingly. Spouses/Significant Others and children are welcome and should be included in your RSVP.
WEEK ONE SUMMARY: March 25, 2018
Sometimes life can feel like a movie gone wrong. You hope for a happy ending, but then the credits roll and the story is over. Believe it or not, the Easter story in the Bible played out just like that. This week, as we see how the story continued to unfold even when everyone thought it was over, we’ll see that—because of Jesus—we can have hope that our story isn’t over, either.
Because of Jesus, your story isn’t over.
THE GOAL OF SMALL GROUP
To help students understand that because of Jesus, they can live life with hope.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES & SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” (John 20:19 NIV).
After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord (John 20:20 NIV, emphasis added).
- What was your favorite Disney movie growing up?
- What are some areas of your life that don’t feel like they’ll have a happy ending like a Disney movie?
- What are some emotions you feel when a story isn’t playing out the way you hoped?
- Put yourself in the disciples’ shoes. How do you think they were feeling after Jesus, their friend and leader, died?
- What does it look like to have hope in the middle of a hopeless situation?
- How can you still have hope, even if the situation doesn’t turn out exactly how you want?
- What does it look like to invite Jesus into a
It’s the time of year when we focus our attention on the Easter story and how Jesus saved us all from death by dying on a cross. But as we all know, that story didn’t begin on Easter Sunday; it actually began on Good Friday.
Do you ever wonder what it must have been like to live as disciples during the days between Good Friday, when Christ was crucified, and Easter Sunday, when He rose from the dead? What did it feel like? What were His followers thinking? Maybe they were afraid. Maybe they doubted everything that Jesus had said and done. Or maybe they even stopped believing altogether. They may have thought that it was the end of the story—that Jesus wasn’t who He said He was after all.
Lucky for us, we live on the other side of the resurrection and have the privilege of knowing how the story ends. But how often do we feel the same way that many of God’s followers must have felt in those days between Good Friday and Easter Sunday—in those days of uncertainty and waiting?
In our times of waiting, we can be consumed with doubt and worry and fear. We might think our story is over because we don’t know what the future holds. Or we can feel discouraged or doubtful that God will show up. In those moments, it’s easy to forget that Jesus wants to meet us when we’re waiting. He matters in our stories and wants to bring us healing, hope, and peace in the middle of our fears and questions. And even if we can’t see exactly how things will turn out, we know that ultimately Jesus will bring us the kind of peace that only He can. It’s what He offers us now, and it’s what He offered His believers back then. Take a look:
That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said (John 20:19 NLT).
Just as Jesus stepped in to reassure and offer peace to His disciples after His death, He does the same for us in our own lives. As you celebrate Easter, pray that God would remind you of the sacrifice He made so that we can have peace. And ask for His peaceful presence to fill your life this Easter.
“Because of the empty tomb, we have peace. Because of His resurrection, we can have peace.” —Paul Chappell