Starter: How would the world be different if Jesus had stayed dead?

Part 1 |

Jesus is:

  1. CONFIRMED as RISEN LORD
  2. CONTINUING as HEAVENLY MESSIAH
  3. COMING as FINAL JUDGE

Discuss

  1. “The resurrection isn’t just proof of the gospel, it is part of the gospel.” Is that correct? If so, why does it matter?  
  2. What do you make of these past, present and future implications of Jesus’s exaltation?

Part 2 |

  1. SUBMIT & SERVE the risen Lord
  2. SEE our future destiny
  3. RECEIVE his heavenly ministry 
  4. WAIT for his glorious return

Study

Look at Ephesians 1:19b-23

  1. What has happened in Jesus’s resurrection and heavenly exaltation? How is his authority in v22 related to the church? 
  2. Why might these verses encourage Christians in a world that does not yet recognise Jesus as Lord? 
  3. In what practical situations will this picture of Jesus help us:
    • SUBMIT to him in our lives? (Acts 2:32-42, Heb 12:25)
    • SEE our future destiny? (Heb 2:5-9)
    • RECEIVE his heavenly ministry? (Heb 7:23-8:2) 
    • WAIT for his glorious return? (2 Pet 3:10-15)
  4. How would you like to PRAY in response to what we’ve heard?

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Santhosh Thomas

Santhosh is one of our pastors, with special responsibility for overseeing our small groups and various teaching and discipleship programmes. Born and raised in London, he has previously worked in churches in Oxford and Central London. He’s married to Jess and along with their two young children they enjoy sport, swings and meeting new people!

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