Holy Week

Easter 2015

RESHEET

Speaker: Rob Turner
Text: Col 3:1-4
Date: April 5th, 2015
Theme: Easter 

reminders:

Anthologies is a storytelling project in the life of Apex that seeks to tell our stories as they tell God’s story. If you have a story you’d like to share of God’s work, whether it’s testimony, missional, everyday life, new creation, etc, please visit our page: apexanthologies.com, and fill out the form under the “contact” page. Questions? E-mail: anthologies@apexcommunity.org

recap: teaching points and scripture

BIG IDEA: The resurrection of Jesus offers an anchor for our past, a new identity in the present, and a hope for the future.

THE RESURRECTION AND OUR PAST (vs 1a; 3a)
THE RESURRECTION AND OUR PRESENT (vs 1b-3b)
THE RESURRECTION AND OUR FUTURE (vs 4)

Recommended Resources

  • The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T Wright
  • Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
  • Redemption and Resurrection by Richard Gaffin
  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller 

respond: discussion and action points 

For conversation and prayer:

1. Paul tells us to “seek the things that are above, where Christ is…” (v1). Many have said that it is those who think too much of heaven that become useless for this world. All they’re waiting for is Christ to come back. In the meantime, they do nothing. But Paul isn’t saying for us to neglect this physical world by thinking about Heaven. He starts the verse off with “if you have been raised with Christ…” Think about the resurrection of Jesus. It was a physical resurrection; He had a new glorified physical body. That is what happened when what is above came down here- Jesus’ physical resurrection is the sign of what God will do with the whole physical world.

  • Why do we tend to think that being heavenly minded means forgetting about the world?
  • How can we be more impactful in this world and know it does matter by thinking being heavenly minded? 


2. In verse 3, Paul tells us that we have died and our life is now hidden with Christ in God. Think about that. Paul is saying our life before Jesus is done away with. Now, the life we have is hidden with Jesus. The Psalmist speaks of God as a shield, something that takes the blow for us for us to live. Our new life is hid in Christ, it is not vulnerable to the harshest of realities- including death. 

  • What kind of humility should this create in us?
  • What kind of confidence should this create in us?

3. Paul ends with pointing us to who we will be. We will appear with Jesus in glory, because we have been raised with Him as He has been raised. In the meantime, our life is “Christ” (v4).

  • What does it mean to be shaped by Paul’s statement, “Christ who is your life….”?
  • What does it mean to appear in glory with Jesus? 

Good Friday 2015

RESHEET

Speaker: Rob Turner
Text: Romans 5:6-11
Date: April 3rd, 2015
Theme: Good Friday

reminders:

Anthologies
Anthologies is a storytelling project in the life of Apex that seeks to tell our stories as they tell God’s story. If you have a story you’d like to share of God’s work, whether it’s testimony, missional, everyday life, new creation, etc, please visit our page: apexanthologies.com, and fill out the form under the “contact” page. Questions? E-mail: anthologies@apexcommunity.org

Frontline Frontline wants to welcome others at our gatherings, as God has welcomed us. We greet, help in parking lot and at the Help Desk. If interested, e-mail: ben.riggs@apexcommunity.org.

recap: teaching points and scripture

BIG IDEA: THE HOPE OF EVERY HUMAN BEING HANGS ON THE SHOULDERS OF A CRUCIFIED KING.

Why do we need the crucified Christ?

  • We’re weak (v6a)
  • We’re ungodly (v6b)
  • We’re sinners (v8)
  • We’re enemies (v10a)

How does the cross meet our tragic condition?
The Cross displays:

  • The beautiful irrationality of God’s love (vs7-8).
  • The elimination of our treason against God (v9).
  •  The radically new relationship with God (v10-11). 

Recommended Resources

  • The Cross of Christ by John Stott
  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller
  • 50 Reasons Jesus Came to Die by John Piper

respond: discussion and action points

For conversation and prayer:
1.  When we consider the cross, we not only consider who Jesus is, we consider ourselves. We learn about our condition, state, and issues. There are many places- good and bad- we learn from. The place we see with the most clarity is from the cross.

  • In Romans 5:6-11, what does the cross say about us?
  • What do these phrases mean? How do you see them playing out in your life and in the world around you? 

2. The theologian John Stott said, “God’s love is not the outcome of the cross, but the initiator of the cross.” While we see our condition by looking at the cross, we also see how God has responded to that condition. At the cross we see the character of God on display. There are many things we see: His holiness, wrath, sovereignty, wisdom, etc. But the character attribute God puts on display at the cross is His love. It is a love that not only reveals our condition, but deals with both the presence and problems of our condition. 

  • What happens to the cross if we forget it happened because of God’s love?
  • What happens to God’s love if we forget the cross, where God’s holiness and justice were satisfied? 

3. It’s been said that the gospels are passion narratives with long introductions. Namely, the momentum of the gospels is unquestionably focused on the sacrificial death and unjust murder of Jesus of Nazareth. Many things happen in the gospels, but they’re all part of and are seen most clearly when we look at Jesus’ death. His life was a cruciform life- it was shaped by the cross. As we try to live our lives shaped by the coming kingdom, they must also be cruciform.

  • What does it mean for us today to have lives shaped by the
    cross? 

Palm Sunday 2015

RESHEET

Speaker: Jason Wing
Text: Luke 19: 28-46
Date: March 28th& 29th, 2015
Theme: Palm Sunday

reminders:

Anthologies
Anthologies is a storytelling project in the life of Apex that seeks to tell our stories as they tell God’s story. If you have a story you’d like to share of God’s work, whether it’s testimony, missional, everyday life, new creation, etc, please visit our page: apexanthologies.com, and fill out the form under the “contact” page. Questions? E-mail: anthologies@apexcommunity.org

recap: teaching points and scripture

BIG IDEA: THE WAYS THAT JESUS CAME TO
JERUSALEM THEN ARE THE WAYS JESUS COMES TO US NOW

3 Ways Jesus Came to Jerusalem:
1. He came in HUMILITY on a donkey: (vs 35-40)
2. He came in COMPASSION: (vs 41-44)
3. He came bringing CLEANSING to the temple: (vs45-46)

respond: discussion and action points

For conversation and prayer: Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. 7 Days
within the church’s calendar when we reflect on the final week of Jesus’ ministry on earth. That sentence alone is reason for pause: Jesus’ final week of ministry. When you think about Jesus and all He did what comes to mind first? What stories, miracles, sayings, etc come up for you?

The first day of holy week is Palm Sunday when we recognize Jesus’ entrance into the city of Jerusalem. This wasn’t merely Jesus walking in and hearing “hi” a few times.
Most, if not all, of the city came out to greet him. They laid palm branches and their cloaks on the street as he rode in on a donkey. This meant they saw him as their king, their Messiah. But the story continues….

  • What ways does our culture get excited about Jesus, yet deny Him as true King?
  • What were different ways you thought about Jesus before seeing Him as truly King?

2. Jesus weeps as he enters. It’s not quite the emotion you’d expect from someone being given exaltation, honor, and recognition. But He weeps for His people. He sees their condition and how it is pleasant on the surface, but they are far from aware of what’s true.

  • When we consider the condition of our world: family, neighbors, neighborhoods, governments, etc, we feel a lot of emotion. Do you weep for the things sin has broken?

What emotions do you tend to feel?

  • How does it challenge popular consensus about Jesus that even though He received recognition (something we’d all like), He still wept for those who praised him?

3. As we move further into Palm Sunday, how will you continue to reflect on this unique week in history?