A Disciple’s Hope
Questions for Discussion
Read: Mark 16:1-8: When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. (ESV)
- Icebreaker: How did you celebrate Easter?
- When something is familiar and repeated each year, it’s easy for it to lose its significance for us. What are some things we can do to keep the meaning and significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection fresh?
- Why weren’t Jesus’s disciples expecting him to rise from the dead, even though he had told them so many times that he would?
- Why do you think the angel particularly mentioned Peter in verse 7, and how might this be an encouragement to people today?
- What is the significance of Jesus meeting his disciples in Galilee after his resurrection, rather than meeting them in some more impressive place? How could this relate to your life?
- Read 1 Peter 1:3-5: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.What does Peter mean by the expression “living hope,” and how does the death and resurrection of Jesus make that possible for us?
- Share about how this “living hope” impacts your own daily life now on earth, and how it has redeemed things in your past?
- What are you most looking forward to experiencing when you get to heaven?
- On Easter at NSCBC, nine people took the step of Christian baptism. If you’ve been baptized, share about your baptism experience – why you did it, and how it impacted you.