Small Group Discussion Questions
Ben Davis April 15th & 16th, 2017
1 Corinthians 15:17 “…if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless...” 1 Corinthians 15:5 ““He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve.” (NLT) 1 Corinthians 15:6-7 “After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles.” (NLT)
Easter This weekend we celebrate the most celebrated and debated event in the history of mankind. Jesus, rising up from the grave on the first Easter Sunday, started the debate that continues to this day. 2000 years ago the spread of Christianity could have been stopped dead in its tracks by doing one simple thing; simply showing the masses the dead body of Jesus. The Pharisees and the Romans would have ended the Jesus story on the spot. One body, no Christianity; let’s take a look at the first Easter. Icebreaker What is your favorite all time Easter candy? Scripture
Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
1. How had the Corinthians “taken their stand” v1 on the Gospel
2. What are the main points of the Gospel Paul received and passed on to the Corinthians?
____________________ Religious Leaders
a. Christ died for our sins b. Christ was buried
AFTER ____________________ Disciples ____________________ Women ____________________ Religious Leaders
c. Christ was raised d. Christ was seen 3. How would you explain the importance of Christ’s resurrection to a non-believer? 4. Why do you think Paul went into such details listing who saw Jesus after he was resurrected? 5. What does “Christ died for your sins” mean to you? 6. How does the Gospel (good news) affect your life on a daily basis? 7. What evidence can you offer that Christ is alive in your life?
Consider Further Read Acts 9:1-19 1. How would you feel if you were Saul/Paul during the three days that he sat in his room in Damascus – blind – trying to figure out what happened to him? 2. If you were Ananias, how would you have reacted when God told you to go and lay hands on Saul? 3. What was the most significant thing that happened to Saul after Ananias prayed for him? 4. If you could compare your spiritual journey to Paul’s experience where are you right now? On the road to Damascus/starting to hear God call out my name and wondering what God is trying to tell me/experiencing some of the same emotions Paul went through/trying to sort out what has been happening. 5. How would you compare your conversion to Paul’s? More gradual/more intellectual/different but just as real/dramatic/I’m finding my way back to God and have a lot of questions. 6. Who is someone in your life, like Ananias, who has helped you on your spiritual journey? 7. In what area of your life have you seen the most change since your committed your life to Christ? Priorities/ beliefs/relationships/goals/attitudes/values/devotional life/habits and lifestyle/other Prayer