Sermon Based Small Groups

First Words

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Sermon Based Group Homework

For the message on April 12, 2020
Passage: John 20:1-10, 19-21


This Sunday, Mike talked about the first words that Jesus delivered to His disciples on the evening of His resurrection. What Jesus said to them in the midst of their fears is what He wants to say to us today.

Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged or confused you?


What was your biggest fear as a kid?


1. Jesus’ disciples were huddled together behind locked doors in fear of the Jews on the evening of His resurrection. The first thing He did was to address their fears. How do the verses below give you confidence to face your fears? What do they teach you about God?

2 Kings 6:16-17 (ESV)
16  He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17  Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Psalm 27:1-14 (ESV)
1  The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2  When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. 3  Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. 4  One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. 5  For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. 6  And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD. 7  Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! 8  You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” 9  Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation! 10  For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in. 11  Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. 12  Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence. 13  I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! 14  Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

John 14:27 (ESV)
27  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

What do you fear most right now? What do you think Jesus would say to you about this fear if He was physically in your presence?

2. Jesus reminded His disciples that He was sent into the world on a rescue mission by His Heavenly Father. What do the following verses teach us about Jesus and His mission?

John 5:24 (ESV)
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

Matthew 20:28 (ESV)
The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

John 3:16-17 (ESV)
16  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

When did you first fully understand why Jesus came to the world?  How has Jesus made a difference in your life? What would be different in your life if you didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus?

3. On that first Easter evening, Jesus also gave His disciples a mission. He told them their lives had great purpose – “I am sending you.”  What do the following verses tell us about the purpose Jesus has given us?

Acts 1:8 (ESV)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV)
19  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)
14  “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

What is a recent example of how you are accomplishing the mission Jesus has given you?

What is one thing you can do this week to help fulfill the mission Jesus has given you?


1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?

2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?


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