Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on April 17, 2022
Passage: Acts 17:1-7
In part 10 of our Resilient series, Mike gives us three reasons why we should celebrate Easter.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What is your favorite holiday and why?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message, Mike pointed out that Jesus had to die and be raised from the dead. As Paul says, “it was necessary.” What does the following passage tell us about our need for the saving work of Jesus on Good Friday and Easter?
Ephesians 2:1-3 (NLT2)
1 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
In the verse below, what does Paul tell us about our need to trust in the saving work of Jesus?
1 Corinthians 15:17 (NLT2)
17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.
Why do you think we can’t do enough good things to earn our forgiveness from God?
2. In the message, Mike reminded us that our world needs changing and only Jesus can bring the change it needs. What did Jesus say about our role in changing the world in the passage below?
Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT2)
14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
What is one way you can make a difference and let your light shine for Jesus in a dark world this week?
3. The third reason why we need what Jesus did for us on Good Friday and Easter is that we have hearts that need conquering. What does the following passage tell us about the condition of our hearts?
Mark 7:21-23 (NLT2)
21 For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. 23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”
In the message, Mike said that everyone has someone or something seated on the throne of our hearts. Until Jesus conquers our hearts, we won’t be able to truly change outwardly. What is your prayer for how you want God to change your heart today?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?