Sermon Notes

“Time to Believe and Live Again!” – John 20:1-18 – Pastor Larry Kassebaum

Everything has changed

Easter invites us to trade our concept of real life to resurrection life.

The miracle of the resurrection challenges us to change our plans and our identities.

John 20:1-2

Denial is not an option

It’s hard to ignore an earthquake, angels and an empty tomb.

Listen as Jesus offers us important commands and assurances.

John 20:17

No going back

You now live in a world where resurrection is a reality and where Jesus lives forever.

“Stop fearing ‘and “go and tell what you’ve seen, heard and believe!”

John 20:18

 

Study Questions:

1. Have you ever known anyone who doesn’t believe men have walked on the moon (or something similar)? Why is it so hard to convince people of extraordinary things?

2. What have you experienced that you wouldn’t have believed if you “hadn’t seen it with your own eyes?”

3. What is more powerful in changing your beliefs- What you see or what you hear? Why is this important in understanding peoples struggle to believe in the resurrection?

4. What are some of the ways the reality of death has shaped or continues to influence your life?

5. What are some of the ways the reality of the resurrection has shaped or is influencing your life?

6. What are some of the ways the early disciple’s lives were radically altered by a “resurrection” mindset?

7. What evidence would lead people who know you to think you had seen the “Risen Lord?”