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Bible Study: April 16, 2017

NASHVILLE (BP) — This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

This week’s Bible study is adapted from the Explore the Bible curriculum.

Bible Passage: Matthew 28:1-15

Discussion Questions: Recall the last time you participated in a celebration. What were you commemorating? Why was it important for you to be a part of that celebration? What was the significance of the angels’ invitation for the women to come and see where Jesus had been? Why is Jesus’ bodily resurrection so important to the Christian faith?

Food for Thought:

Joy and gratitude in our hearts prompt us to celebrate. Our celebrations may focus on significant people who have made a huge difference to us. Or we may celebrate events that have changed the direction of our lives in a constructive way. Celebration gives us the opportunity to relive transformative experiences so we won’t forget them. It can also allow us to express our gratitude for the people who have shaped our lives.

On resurrection Sunday, Christians celebrate Jesus’ victory over death. The reason we celebrate becomes more clear the longer we walk with Christ. His resurrection serves as the centerpiece of our relationship with Him. He’s alive, and He lives in us the moment we welcome Him into our lives.

Matthew’s account of the resurrection provides details related to the world-changing moment when Jesus was raised from the grave. Jesus’ resurrection is so important that we are reminded that the truth of that resurrection story must be shared with everyone, everywhere.

Explore the Bible
Explore the Bible is an ongoing Bible study curriculum that helps groups dig into the key truths of each Bible book, while keeping the group on pace to study through the Bible books in a systematic way. More information can be found at LifeWay.com/ExploreTheBible.

Other ongoing Bible study options for all ages offered by LifeWay can be found at LifeWay.com/SundaySchool.

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