Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Explore the Bible: The Declaration (Easter Sunday)

While celebrating Easter traditions is fun and memorable, we must never forget the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. While we should celebrate the resurrection by gathering together every Sunday, Easter is a very special day that should not become routine, mundane, or watered down by commercialism. This is the approach I am taking with this week's Explore the Bible teaching helps as we focus on the meaning and importance of Jesus' resurrection.

The teaching plan includes a variety of ideas and approaches to supplement your discussion of the passages. Hopefully you will have plenty to work with. Here are several suggested video clips along with an idea for exploring the significance of Jesus' resurrection as set forth in Scripture. The teaching plan will help you know when and how to use these activities.

Video Options/Ideas:

Resurrection Activity (Available as a part of the teaching plan)
Instructions: Cut the Scripture references apart and distribute to individuals in your group. Distribute the table to the entire group.  Ask those with references to read their passages while the group determines which statement best corresponds to each passage. 

Distribute to Individuals      Distribute to Group (Identify which verse corresponds to each statement)
Ephesians 1:20-23

Acts 17:30-31 &  
John 5:28-29

Philippians 3:10

Acts 2:32

1 Peter 1:3-5

Hebrews 13:20-21

Acts 13:28-32

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Romans 4:23-25

1 Corinthians 15:20-21

1 Corinthians 15:12-19

Acts 26:22-23

It assures our future resurrection.

The resurrection of Jesus is proof of future judgment.

The resurrection of Christ gives us power to live the Christian life.

The disciples confirmed that Jesus was resurrected.

Without Jesus’ resurrection there is no life; there is no hope.

Believers will long to know more about Jesus’ resurrection.

The gospel message is not complete without His resurrection.

The message of the resurrection is for all people.

Jesus died for our sins but He was resurrected so that we can be justified before God.

Jesus' resurrection demonstrates His power and authority over everything.

If Jesus wasn’t resurrected, our faith is worthless.

The resurrection of Jesus proves the reliability of God’s Word.


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