• Matt Beaney

#194 – RESURRECTION POWER (17/9/20)



‘Power’ means to have might, strength and ability. What things would you say you are best at and when did you realise that you had this ability?


Along with things that we are good at, we probably all have areas where we feel we are weak. Unfortunately, some of us have come to believe that we have ungodly character traits that will be with us for life: “I’m fearful… anxious… angry…lustful…cowardly…undisciplined… that’s who I am and I cannot change!”


God wants us to know that ‘resurrection power’ is at work in us if we have come to know Jesus by faith. Paul writes,

‘I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.’ (Philippians 3:10-11)

He writes in Romans,

‘We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.’ (Romans 6:4)

Put simply, if you are a Christian, you will ‘live a new life’ that reflects the character of Jesus. Our physical baptism into water is symbolic of the reality that we have died and have risen to new life in Christ.


RESPONSE

Transformation isn’t easy. But it will be impossible if we fail to recognise and put our faith in the Spirit’s ‘incomparably great power that is at work in us who believe’ (Ephesians 1:18-20).


Transformation begins with trusting in Jesus’ ability to change you over and against your inability to change yourself.


Transformation begins by getting serious about growth and overcoming sin in our lives. If you are serious about growth it’s important to be accountable and meet to pray regularly with a mature Christian who can encourage you.


COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY - KNOWING LEADS TO LIKENESS


Notices

It might be good to begin with notices. Please share from this week’s Church News.


Suggested opener/Ice-breaker

Growing up, who did you most want to be like and why?


Introduction - please share in your group

Knowing leads to likeness. Knowing God will lead to our transformation into the image of God increasingly over time. Paul wrote,

‘I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.’ (Philippians 3:10-11)

Paul expresses his desire to know Jesus, but this knowing includes our living like Jesus who suffered, died and rose again. Christians, those who know Jesus, suffer like and for Jesus in many ways; they have died to their old lives (symbolised in baptism) and choose to live out this reality; finally, they will be like Christ when, at the end of history, they will rise from death and receive eternal life in a resurrection body.


Discuss in your group

(Choose which questions to cover based on the time you have)


1. Being a Christian is to experience resurrection power at work in us. What has God changed in you that you are most thankful about?


2. How have you had to suffer as a Christian?


3. A Christian has died to their old life and has a new life in Christ. Read Galatians 2:20 and discuss what this means?


4. How much do you think about future resurrection and is this something that you are excited about?


Discuss/share/pray in smaller groups:

1. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about (maybe from Sunday's message or your bible reading this week)?

2. What will you do in response?

3. How can we pray for you?



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