2nd Sunday of Easter, April 19, 2020

Lections: John 20:19-31; Acts 2:14-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:13-9

Discussion Questions 

John 20:19-31

After Jesus' crucifixion, the disciples go into hiding for fear of the Jewish leaders.   How are we dealing with our fears and doubts in dealing with uncertainty pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic? 

How does God in Jesus address the fears and doubts of the disciples? 

How do you believe God in Jesus is addressing our fears and doubts in relation to the COVID-19 crisis?

Acts 2:4a, 14-32

On the  day of Pentecost, Peter shares with those who are wondering what is going on with the apostles and the believers the good news that Jesus has been resurrected from the  dead and is alive and at work in their lives and ministry of witnessing to what God has done and is doing in Jesus Christ.  

If we are to write out the good news in this time when we are experiencing the Coronavirus pandemic, what would be our headlines and subheads? 

Psalm 16

The psalmist  prays to God for protection. In the midst of adversity and suffering, the psalmist expresses confidence that God will be present in life and death.  

As we move forward, what is our faith?  How do we/you relate to God to claim God's blessing and protection in relation to this crisis? 

1 Peter 1:3-9

Life in the faith brings joy but it also brings hardships.  As a people of faith, what is our hope in relation to our future and life eternal?