Share with the group a time in your own life when your dreams were taken away, your plans shattered, and your hope dashed. How did you respond to this? What has resulted since then from this experience, and what lessons have you learned?
Discuss in your group your family’s Easter traditions and the significance of these traditions upon your own life. Is there a spiritual lesson learned or illustrated in them? What aspect of Easter do you personally enjoy or look forward to the most? Why?
Read the following texts that highlight particular points or facets of the Resurrection and their subsequent impact for believers. Discuss in your group the encouragements or truths these texts illustrate and why we find comfort and support in them. Job 19:25-27; Acts 13:33, 24:15; Romans 1:4, 8:11, 34, 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:1-7.
An excellent summary of the Gospel is contained in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8. Read these verses and identify the key components of the Gospel message, and then read also verses 13-14, 19 of the same chapter. Why is the Resurrection of first importance? Why is the “empty tomb” so central to the Christian’s good news?
At what point in your life did you come to truly realize and appreciate that Jesus died for you? How has this “substitutionary death” impacted your life, your values, and how you live?