Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on April 8, 2018
Passage: John 20:19-23
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. Do you have a phobia? (i.e., scared of spiders, snakes, dark, heights, etc.)
2. This Sunday, Jordan talked about the disciples who had locked themselves in a room because they were scared of the Jews. Are you facing any fears in your life right now? How are you dealing with them?
3. Looking back at your notes from this week’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. When Jesus came into the room where the disciples were hiding in fear, He reassured them that they had peace with God. According to the verses listed below, why is having peace with God so important?
Job 22:21 (ESV)
21 “Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.
Romans 5:1-2 (ESV)
1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Ephesians 2:13-16 (ESV)
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
- When did you make peace with God through faith in Christ? How has this knowledge helped you deal with the fears you have experienced in life?
- How effective will a believer be in fulfilling God’s purpose with their life if they aren’t confident about whether or not they have peace with God?
2. Not only did Jesus equip His scared disciples with peace, but He also equipped them with His Spirit? What do the following verses say about the power that the Spirit brings into our lives?
Acts 4:31 (ESV)
31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
Romans 8:26 (ESV)
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
- Can you think of a specific time when the Spirit enabled you to do something you didn’t think you could do?
- When has the Spirit helped you overcome fear?
3. Jesus also equipped His disciples with a great purpose – to proclaim forgiveness to sinners. What does the following passage teach you about what is involved in our mission as disciples of Jesus?
2 Corinthians 5:18-21 (ESV)
18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
- When have you reached out to someone to tell them about Jesus or invite them to church?
- Where has God called you most recently to go and be a light for Him?
TAKE IT HOME
1. How can this group help you pray through any fears you may facing?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?