I know not everyone who wanted to join the study group has had a chance to answer last week’s questions, but I was eager to get part two up today. I only just made it! Please feel free to pop back to last week to catch up, or just jump in right here. I am also very interested in any suggestions for additional study questions that might be helpful in a small group setting. On advantage of this online setting is that we do not all have to be online at the same time to join a study group. I will interact personally with every Twitter poster unless we are totally swamped! I enjoyed very much last weeks’s comments and look forward to hearing from you today. If you do not have a Twitter account, they are free, but if you prefer you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. As last week, there is a brief video to introduce the session:
Christians can often simply assume that Jesus rose again without thinking about why we believe he did. The material addressed in these chapters is therefore vital for us in helping us to build our confidence and hope. For without Jesus’ resurrection as we saw last time we are of all men to be most pitied. We can only be confident of our own faith and salvation, to the extent to which we are confident in the resurrection of Jesus. We must also be careful to obey 1 Peter 3:15 which urges us “in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” Having this material ready to discuss with people who are not yet Christians is vital if we want to share the gospel. When we tell someone we believe that Jesus rose again (which is the essential component of the gospel announcement) we better be ready to tell them why we think that! Amazingly some apologetics courses no longer include this kind of material, which was once very well known by all evangelicals.
QUESTION ONE -”What would the world look like today if when Peter and John ran up to the tomb, the body was still there?” Please discuss this on Twitter using the tag #rwc2a
For the rest of the questions see SESSION TWO: How can we know Jesus really rose again?.