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The Easter story doesn’t stop at the resurrection

I wish I didn’t lose the passion and excitement about the resurrection so quickly after Easter. It’s not like I forget about the significance of the resurrection, but I don’t really think about it much after Easter Sunday.

The Easter weekend is filled with the promise of resurrection, sermons bursting with hope, Easter egg hunts, social gatherings making the most of the long weekend and if you’re lucky some sunshine to enjoy while you eat your hot cross buns. But, when I return to work thinking about how I don’t actually like crème eggs I find the excitement about Jesus’s resurrection begins to fade.

I think this is because I box the Easter message into a neat 4 days weekend package all too easily and don’t let the life-transforming, eternal consequences affect my daily life enough. The Easter message isn’t just a one off event that happened 2,000 and something years ago. It keeps affecting us from the first time we realise how incredible it is that Jesus died for us, to the things that we face daily through to our future. The Easter story doesn’t stop at the resurrection. The story just gets better and better. All the promises and prophecies that have been made about Jesus leading up to His death become more real as they are fulfilled in His resurrection.

40 days with Jesus is a small group resource that has helped me see Easter as more than Good Friday to Sunday. The book takes the 40 days between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension and invites you to meet the risen Jesus through the people who had face to face encounters with Him while He was still on earth. The encounters that people had with Jesus can teach us so much about our own relationship with Him.

Use 40 Days with Jesus in your small group to be inspired by the persistence and devotion of Mary who was first to witness the risen Jesus. Remind people in your small group who are doubting the resurrection, how incredible it is. Perhaps there are people in your small group who need a fresh revelation of Jesus and could use 40 Days with Jesus to invite Him into their lives again. Be encouraged by how Jesus restores us in our present struggles and also heals us from our past failures. Get motivated as you read about Jesus’ true purpose for us and be confident that Jesus is alive and transforming lives today.

40 Days with Jesus is more than just a book, there are small group Bible studies, videos to watch and even sermons if you want to get the whole church involved.

Find out more about 40 Days with Jesus.

 

By Emily Owen

Emily dreams of travelling the world and writing about the great things she sees God doing along the way. Whilst waiting for dreams to come true, she happily works for CWR, plays a lot of netball and is trying to learn Spanish.

Resources of the Month: Ezekiel and Habakkuk Cover to Cover Bible Studies


Cover to Cover Ezekiel

Dry bones can live!

The book of Ezekiel contains intriguing imagery including the famous vision of the valley of bones. Ezekiel was a priest called by God to deliver His messages to the Jewish people who were in exile in Babylon. God had not given up on His people and through Ezekiel, God still had plenty to say to them. God gives Ezekiel the task of confronting the rebellious Israelites and reminding them of their sins. However, the message is not all doom and gloom as God plans to rescue His people.

Claire Musters is an experienced writer who unpacks the book of Ezekiel for groups or individuals. A challenging study, over seven sessions, of an often neglected but fascinating book of the Bible with Bible readings, personal application and discussion questions.

 

 


Cover to Cover Habakkuk

How could God use wicked people to execute His purposes? Will sin go unpunished? Is it worth being faithful to God?

At a time when the Israelites were being ruled over by the Chaldeans, Habbakuk questions God about His divine plan. In this short book, Habbakuk raises issues such as sin, righteousness and faithfulness with God and in the end declares that he will still ‘be joyful in the God my Saviour’ (Habakkuk 3:18).

This is an opportunity, over seven sessions, for a personal or group study of age old questions and issues which are still being asked today. Includes Bible readings, personal application and discussion questions.

Steve Bishop is also the author of Cover to Cover Bible Study: Haggai.

Cover to Cover Habakkuk

 

 

More in the series

Cover to Cover Bible study guides are ideal for group or individual study. Experience the reality of Bible events in a fresh way, and gain a new depth to your Bible knowledge and relationship with God. Icebreakers, Bible readings, eye openers, discussion starters, personal application and ‘seeing Jesus’ sections make these Bible study guides a great small group resource.

Resource of the Month: Cover to Cover Advent study guide

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NEW Cover to Cover Advent Bible study guide: Heralding the Coming King

It’s a common saying in churches that ‘Christmas begins with Christ’, but for many people the festive season is becoming less about Jesus and more about shopping, television, presents, turkeys and Christmas trees. Even for those in the Church, it’s important to come back to the Bible and remember the ‘reason for the season’.

When we consider who Jesus is – and how and why He came to earth – we can be truly inspired to live a life that makes way for Him, the King of kings..

Join Anne Calver as she explores the biblical figures of the Christmas story: the very first people to experience the incredible presence of Jesus. Find out the true biblical account of the Christmas story: the very first people to experience the incredible presence of Jesus. See how each of their stories connects with Jesus and discover how you too can have a real relationship with the King who speaks and ministers to us today.

Meet the author
Anne Calver is a Baptist minister, author and speaker. Anne is passionate about God’s Word and Spirit, and seeing Jesus transform lives and release people’s potential. She is married to Gavin and has two children: Amelie and Daniel.

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How to use these Advent study guides
These guides are designed to be read day by day, alongside the Bible. There are thirty-one days of studies to read throughout the month of December, over the Christmas period. If you are using these guides in a small group, it will work well if members have an individual copy to read throughout the week. Then, as you complete each section, you can use the Group Study Notes at the back of the book to discuss and consolidate what you have learnt.