Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe
1. THEY WENT TO THE TOMB
2. THEY WERE PERPLEXED
3. THEY FAILED TO REMEMBER
4. THEY RETURNED AND TOLD
5. PETER ROSE AND RAN
6. THE LORD JESUS
The resurrection is not about a better way to live until we die.
The resurrection is about the promise that though we will die, yet we will live.
A faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. A person’s faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection.
All Resurrection-denying churches look for Jesus “among the dead.” They love the example of the dead Jesus. They preach his courage, his conviction, even his faith. Sentimentality fills their sermons with language about recurrent spring making hope eternal, about a butterfly discarding its chrysalis. But the R word is never used, except metaphorically.
J. C. Ryle
The first preachers were men who were convinced in spite of themselves and in spite of a determined, obstinate unwillingness to believe.
Celebration Song List
CELEBRATE Who God Is
Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery
O Praise The Name
CONNECT Our Need for Christ
Man of Sorrows
COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion
In Christ Alone
CONTRIBUTION of Praise
Because He Lives
Nailed To The Cross
Community Group Questions
The facts of the resurrection in the account in Luke 24 are both clear and perplexing. What are some of the more amazing things that you see in the account? Have you found any of these details difficult to believe? Consider the quote by Tim Keller above and spend some time as a group reflecting on some of these doubts.
The angels told the women, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” Sadly, there are many churches in our culture that deny the resurrection. Consider and share the ways that the resurrection is essential to our faith. Consider what Pastor Jeremiah shared on Sunday: “The resurrection is not about a better way to live until we die. The resurrection is about the promise that though we will die, yet we will live.”
In each of the accounts of the disciples of Jesus being confronted with the resurrection there is a pattern: bewilderment, rebuke, instruction, and witness. In each case, it is an encounter with the words of Jesus or scripture that moves the disciples from bewilderment to belief. How have you experienced the scriptures challenging your doubts in the past? How might you build a practice of challenging your unbelief in the present and future?