Bible Study March 27, 2019

LESSON NINE: "JOY IS COMING SOON".

Wednesday March 27, 2019

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                                      SESSION NINE

                                  Joy Is Coming Soon

                                          KEY STORY:

                      Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene

                                           (JOHN 20:11-18)

                                         GOD’S PROMISE:

                      Weeping may last through the night,

                        But joy come in the morning.

                                          (PSALM 30:5 NLT)

                                        MY PROMISE:

              I will praise God before my prayer is answered

                                                  READ

THIS WEEK, YOU AND YOUR GROUP WILL BE STUDYING God’s promise in his Word that while sorrows will come our way, they will never ultimately rule the day. Before your group meeting, read chapter 11 in Unshakable Hope: “Joy is Soon Coming.” Spend some time using the following personal study to reflect on what you’ve read.

  1. What impact had Jesus made on Mary Magdalene’s Life?
  2. Why did Mary choose to go to Jesus’ tomb on that Sunday Morning?
  3. How did Jesus come to Mary in the midst of her sorrow at the tomb?

4.How can you learn to watch for joy in the midst of sorrow     and weeping?

                                       CONSIDER

Now take some time to allow this promise from God to take root in your heart by reflecting on the following passages of Scripture. Begin by stilling your heart and mind for a full two minutes. Ask God to help you wholly focus on him as you study his Word.

  1. Read John 19:16-25. What emotions might Mary Magdalene have experienced as she witnessed Jesus” crucifixion?
  2. Read John 20:1-10. What was Mary’s expectation when she went to the tomb? What was her response? How might you have had a similar response to Mary?
  3. Read John 20:11-18. What transformation of Mary do we see in this passage? Why do you think Jesus chose to appear to her in the way he did?
  4. Read John 15:9-11 What does it mean to have Jesus’ joy within you? What do you think it means to have full joy?

                                         REFLECT

  1. Sometimes its good to slow you pace and put things in writing. List the items in your life that are currently bringing you sadness, struggle, or even despair. On the las line, write “Father, I place these things at the foot of the cross.  Fill me with trust. Amen.”
  2. Consider what fresh discoveries surfaced from this session’s reading and personal study. Write anything that you would like to share with the group in the space below.
  3. Close my thinking about an action step you could take to increase your awareness of this promise from God or share it with another person. Write this action below.

                                          VIDEO TEACHING

As you watch the video for session nine, use the following outline to record any additional takeaways from the teaching.

At times we may wonder if God has any word for the nights of our soul.

When Mary Magdalene met Jesus, he completely restored her to life.

Mary’s devotion led her to stay in Jerusalem as Jesus was crucified and buried.

In the midst of Mary’s darkest moment, the Son came out.

Jesus has a power over death but also a soft spot for the Mary Magdalenes of the world.

                                              GROUP DISCUSSION

Take a few minutes with your group members to discuss what you just watched and explore these concepts in Scripture.

  1. What statement in the video teaching affected you the most? Why?
  2. How does the joy Mary Magdalene found that morning she encountered the risen Jesus encourage you to endure any sorrow you are facing?
  3. How does it impact you to know the risen Jesus was not too holy, too otherly, too divine, or too supernatural to receive a hug from Mary?
  4. Why do believers in Christ so often withdraw from community when they are in the midst of sorrow? How can your group create an atmosphere of acceptance for someone to share when dealing with sorrow or struggle?
  5. What is your specific action step to live out this promise of God this week?