Attached is the list of readings for Week 13 of our Essential Jesus sermon series. If you’ve already read all the Essential Jesus’ readings for last week (Week 12) you’re all set for this week. (The readings for this Week 13 include parts of last week’s readings.)
Essential Jesus Readings – Week 13
April 11 – Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Appearances
- Commissioning the Twelve: Matthew 28:11-20
These last four verses in Matthew’s gospel are often described as “The Great Commission.” How do you understand these verses?
- Walk to Emmaus: Luke 24:13-49
What does Luke’s story of Jesus meeting two disciples on the road to Emmaus tell you about the resurrected Jesus? What would you have done if you were one of those on the road?
- Follow Me! John 20:19-31
Do you think Thomas is getting a bum deal? How would you have responded if you had been in his place?
- Breakfast by the Sea: John 21:1-25
What do you make of the conversation between Jesus and Peter after breakfast?
- Paul’s Story: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Why is the fact of Christ’s actual, literal resurrection so important? What in Paul’s account adds to the story told in the gospels?
Reflection Questions About These Readings:
- What was your reaction the first time you heard about the resurrection of Jesus? How has your understanding changed over the years?
- What is the importance of Jesus’ literal resurrection to your Christian faith? Do you think someone can be a Christian and not believe that Jesus was resurrected? Why or why not?
- The four sources all describe different post resurrection appearances of Jesus? Why?
- Do you have any lingering questions about the resurrection of Jesus? What are they and what answers does the Bible give to them?
- You’ve now read the last chapters of each of the four gospels. What do the endings in each tell you about what the author thought important?
And don’t forget: Every Wednesday night we have a zoom bible study to look at the passages discussed in last Sunday’s sermon. On Wednesday, April 7, at 6:30 we’ll look at Jesus’ resurrection as described in the four gospels.