God’s Everlasting Love Gives us Everlasting Life

Easter Sunday | John 3:16 |April 16th, 2017 

Warm Up: Read aloud John 3:16 in the New Living Translation and see if you can do the hand motions that George shared with us all on Sunday. How did this Easter Sunday impact you personally? From year to year, what is Easter typically like for you? (comment on how you relate with it emotionally, or at a heart level each year)

  • Nothing lasts forever. Everything…minus Twinkies… has a shelf-life. Yet Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that God has set eternity within our hearts. We were made to live forever and to experience unbroken fellowship with the God who made us, knows us, and loves us so very much. This is why we long for things ETERNAL!
  • If you really lived out a value system governed by an “eternal perspective,” what area of life might begin to change for you? (e.g. How you spend your money, your relationships, job, how you spend your time?  etc. Share.)
  • Read John 20:24-31 aloud. Interestingly Thomas is considered “faithless” as a nonbeliever even though he knew Jesus well! Why is this? (see v.25; v. 27)
  • Many are familiar with Jesus as and know a fair bit about him, but there still haven’t received him by faith. Can you think of friends or family like this? What holds them (or yourself) back in your estimation? (Share as appropriate) 
  • Jesus’ word to Thomas is a word to all of us: “Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” (20:27). Here he confronts our prideful unbelief, whatever it is, and invites us to believe his wisdom, not ours. And since it is the one who believes in Jesus who has eternal life (3:16), let us join Thomas in responding to Jesus, “My Lord and my God! (20:28)
  • We often get calloused by life. Cultivating a faith-filled walk with Jesus requires us to stay continually connected to the Vine (John 15). What is one area of your life where you need to answer Jesus’ call not to be faithless any longer and to believe? 

Wrap Up: Jesus spoke directly to Thomas’ unbelief, yet gently and lovingly showed him his wounds and commanded him to change his mind — Believe! Easter Sunday reminds us that ALL things are new (2 Cor. 5:17). Pray for one another as you close, for a fresh and new season of trust, belief, commitment, and new faith in your respective walks with Jesus.