The Hillcrest Church Podcast

Is Jesus Real? Big Question Series

April 7, 2020

Is Jesus Real? Outline

Big Questions Series

April 5, 2020

 

Jesus made an ______________________statement about himself.

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6, NLT)

 

Was Jesus real?

 

Historical events are considered real because of eyewitness accounts in history.

  • The battle of Midway in 1942.
  • The assignation of JFK in 1963.
  • The death of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.
  • The death of Gandhi in 1948. 

The classical historical method validates that Jesus existed.

  • a real ______________________
  • a respected _____________________
  • a respected ________________________
  • ________________________ and crucified

 

Is Jesus real?

Does the classical historical method show that Jesus rose from the dead?

 

  1. Jesus ________________ and _____________________________.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried… (1 Corinthians 15:3–4, NIV)

He was killed by ___________________________ killers.

 

  1. The________________________________________.

that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 15:4, NIV)

 

Some important facts:

  1. The Romans did not ________________the body of Jesus.
  2. The women did not go to the _______________________.
  3. The disciples ___________________________________ to steal a body guarded by Roman soldiers.
  4. The disciples ____________________________________
    about the resurrection in spite of intense persecution and eventual death.

 

  1. The disciple’s lives were __________________________________
    after they saw Jesus alive.

 

  1. Peter
  2. Thomas
  3. Paul
  4. James

 

  1. Jesus was seen alive by ___________________________________ at the same time.

and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:5–6, NIV)

 

Practical Application: What does this potentially mean for us?

 

What if there is only one way?

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6, NLT)

 

Is Jesus being inclusive or exclusive here?

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. (John 11:25, NLT)

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NLT)

He does not want anyone to be destroyed but wants everyone to repent. (2 Peter 3:9, NLT)

Yet God … has planted eternity in the human heart… (Ecclesiastes 3:11, NLT)

  

 

Digging Deeper

A deeper study for individuals and groups

 

What comes to mind when you think of heaven?

What storms has the future hope of heaven helped you weather in life?

 

Read John 14:1-6.

Why does Jesus tell his disciples to not let their hearts be troubled?

What has Jesus been telling them that might give them reason to be troubled? (See John 13:21, 33, 36-38)

 

What does Jesus tell his disciples to do in order to fight the urge to be troubled?

How does this give the disciples peace as they face the trouble that is about to come?

How can this same belief give you peace in your troubles?

 

How does Jesus describe his “Father’s house” in this passage?

What does God’s house represent?

What does the idea of “many rooms” communicate to you?

 

What is Jesus about to do that will “prepare a place” for them?

What is Jesus talking about here?

 

When Jesus talks about going away, what impact does that statement have on some of his disciples?

 

Jesus responds with John 14:6.

What does Jesus mean that he is the way, truth and life?

Discuss.

 

Share and pray for each other about troubles you are facing in your life right now.

This week look for an opportunity to share the hope that Jesus provides in this passage with someone whom you know is facing trouble in their life.

 

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