Find a quiet place and work through these questions yourself, or get a friend, family member, or spouse, and work through them together.
Message Notes and Highlights
- Jesus didn’t just come to change the world; he came to change your world.
- Read the story of Mary discovering the empty tomb in John 20:1-14.
- The filter we see life through can sometimes blind us to the miracle right in front of us.
- We all have filters, like shame, fear, doubt, or pain.
- When life becomes dull and dark because of those filters, we often look for ways to cope.
- Your heavenly father celebrates your steps and never tires of picking you up when you fall.
- Because of Easter, there’s forgiveness for your past and hope for your future.
- How have you typically celebrated Easter (or not), either growing up or as an adult?
- We’ve all taken something significant for granted—whether it’s a relationship, our home, our job, etc. What powerful, beautiful, maybe even miraculous thing have you taken for granted at one point (or are currently taking for granted)?
- Kent talked about filters that can keep us from seeing the miraculous in front of us: particularly shame and fear. What filter(s) might you have at times that makes life a little darker or keeps you from seeing God at work?
- In what areas of your life do you feel you most need the light and hope and peace of Jesus? In what ways do you still struggle to overcome shame, fear, doubt, bitterness, apathy, etc.?
- Can you identify any ways you might be coping to deal with your shame, fear, etc. instead of really living? Is there any habit, substance, or relationship you’re using to escape?
- Can you think of a time when Easter—or the message of Easter (that Jesus came to bring us forgiveness, hope, peace, grace, and love)—became personal for you rather than just an idea or a sermon? How did that change the way you saw the world and/or yourself?
- What’s something you can do this week to establish a habit or a new filter that will help you make the message of Easter more meaningful, personal, and lasting for you?