April 12: Easter in Exile
1. Getting Started:
What did you find most interesting about the sermon this week? The most helpful, eye-opening, or troubling?
How do you normally celebrate Easter? What is your favorite part?
How did you celebrate Easter this year? How was it different?
2. Into the Bible:
Read 1 Peter 1:1-25
What does Peter call his audience in v. 1? (Hint, he mentions it again in v. 17). Why does he use that term?
What us the source of their joy in v. 3-9?
What does Peter want them to do in response to the resurrection, according to v. 13-16?
What is the goal of our purification, according to v. 22-25?
3. Going Deeper
What does it mean to live as exiles in the world? How does that change our expectations of how our lives should go, or how the world should treat us?
How have you felt exiled over the past few weeks? How does Easter provide comfort in those situations?
What does it look like to bring the good news of the resurrection to the people in your life? What can you say or do to proclaim the Easter message?