Sermon Notes & Life Group Questions

Notes & Life Group Questions 3-28-21 (WORD)
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Program 3-28-21

Prep Work for Easter


Worship requires work.

Work is activity mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result.

Feast of Booths (Tabernacle)
Leviticus 23:33-43

Feast of Passover
Exodus 12:1-20

Jesus instructs people to leave their gift of worship at the altar and go be reconciled before they offer. Matthew 5:24

Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present you bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, this is your true worship. Romans 12:1

“The problem with living sacrifices is that they keep crawling off the altar.” – D. L. Moody.

Is there a reconciliation that needs to happen before I take this cup?

What sin needs to die in me?

Where have I been “crawling off the altar”?

Below are some ways that we can prepare for Easter together.

Day 1 Pray and ask God to show you how you can best prepare your mind and heart to enter into all He has for you this Easter.

Day 2 Pray for the person/s you invited to join us this Easter. Consider using Ephesians 1:17-23 to guide you in how to pray for them.

Day 3 Pray for the logistics related to Easter in the Forest this year. (Sound/Tech, Parking, Kids Bridge, etc.)

Day 4 Read Luke 22:31-33. Reflect and confess the sin in your life now and acknowledge how your (our) betrayal is what put Jesus on the cross.

Day 5 Fast from a meal, activity, or for the whole day. Ask God to make you more aware of how you rely on other things instead of Him. Express your desire to walk more in the power and freedom Jesus has made possible for you.

Life Grp Q’s
Prep Work for Easter

Catching Up

What are the most meaningful Easter traditions you have? Why?


James said, “Worship requires work.” How does that sit with you? Where do you see truth in that statement?

Describe how you’ve seen the relationship between working so you can rest in your life (i.e. planning for vacations, special events, etc).

Going Deeper:

Read Galatians 2:20 – Discuss the implications of this verse not just for our salvation in Christ, but also for how we approach life now. What does it mean tolive a crucified life and a life of faith in Christ who gave Himself for you?

How do we cheapen all we celebrate at Easter when we approach it without reflection and examination?

What is the work you personally need to do to prepare your heart to celebrate the resurrection at Easter?

Have you ever fasted? What has been your experience? What does fasting make you aware of?

Group Prayer: As a group, spend time in prayer for the following (but not limited to the following):

• Examine our hearts, God, to show us where we are not living in your resurrection power. Confess whatever God brings to your mind.

• Pray that God will use our Easter service to do His work in each person’s heart right where they are spiritually, and to unite and strengthen us as a church.

• Pray for the people you are inviting to Easter.

• Pray for each other as you seek to intentionally prepare your heart for Easter this year.