This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point.)
Author Phillip Yancey said the gospels’ honesty showed in how they told of the resurrection: “Accounts of the discovery of the empty tomb sound breathless and fragmentary…. [T]he early reports seem wispy, mysterious, confused. Surely conspirators could have done a neater job of depicting what they would later claim to be the hinge event of history.”* What made the gospel stories’ reliability vital to the apostles’ faith (and to yours) (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:14-19)?
The two disciples may well have been husband and wife (cf. John 19:25; “Clopas” and “Cleopas” were likely the same person). They urged their road companion to stay with them, as a married couple would. If they hadn’t, they’d have missed the joy of recognizing the risen Jesus. How do you, individually and as a family, go about inviting Jesus into your life? How have you learned to recognize his presence amid everyday life’s pressures?
Jesus greeted his followers characteristically: “Peace be with you” (in Aramaic, shalom). “This greeting constituted an implicit prayer to God for the well-being of the person addressed.”** What choices and disciplines have you found that allow you to claim Jesus’ peace for yourself? How can you apply that peace especially to the areas of life right now where fear and anxiety abound?
Jesus ordered his disciples “not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised.” We Americans are often driven and impatient. Has it ever been hard for you to remember that Jesus told you, too, not to try to do important work for him on your own, without God’s power? How could “going it alone” hinder, not advance, God’s mission? Hinder your spiritual growth?
* Phillip Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995, p. 212.)
** Zondervan, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, eBook (Kindle Locations 234643-234644).
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