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Hi Leader,

I can't think of a better way to end off our first term of Life Group meetings than with a focus on Easter. Easter surely is the most significant time for us as believers. It's a time for us to reflect and remember and rejoice in our Saviour Jesus. Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?

Thank you for leading your Life Group this term. I believe that the Lord will have touched the lives of His people as you have gathered together. We will be having a two week break, with Life Groups starting up again on the week of the 18th of April. Please close your LG for these two weeks and give yourself a chance to rest and be refreshed. It is always tempting to just push through, but having a break will prepare us for what the Lord has in store in the term ahead.

Also a reminder to please diarise and prioritise the next Leaders Meeting which will take place on Tuesday 17th April at 19h15 in the Baobab Hall. Look forward to seeing you there.

Herewith the Life Group Guideline for this week:

Opening Prayer

Icebreaker
Ask each person to share a testimony. Something that the Lord has done in their life that they are grateful for?

Worship
On Sunday the sermon was on Amazing Grace. As context for the worship song reflect on John Newton's testimony. A runaway, a slave trader, a blasphemer. Yet the Lord met him and saved him. Read the words of the hymn Amazing Grace and ponder on the words.

Download and play Amazing Grace https://youtu.be/Y-4NFvI5U9w 

Theme – Preparing our hearts for Easter

Scripture Reading
Luke 22 to Luke 24 (Read portions as per the points below. Give different group members a chance to read the various portions of scripture.)

1. The Last Supper
Read Luke 22:7-20.
Reflection: Allow for a time of quiet and ask the group to close their eyes and picture the scene. Picture the room, the disciples, the sharing of the meal, and the Lord serving them Communion.
Discussion: Discuss the significance of the Last Supper compared to the Passover meal that the Israelites ate when they left Egypt?
(Think about the fact that this was the last meal before Christ's redemption sacrifice. Just as the Israelites were poised to be delivered from slavery, so at the last supper the whole world was poised for delivery from the power of sin and death.)

2. Jesus prays on the Mount of Olives
Read Luke 22:39-46
Reflection: Close your eyes and imagine Christ's anguish.
Discussion: Talk about the prayer of surrender that Jesus prayed "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me." Why is this a model prayer for us to pray when we are facing hardships?

3. Peter's denial of Christ
Read Luke 22:31-34 and Luke 22:54-62
Reflection: Close your eyes and imagine you were Peter. Imagine his confusion, and his fear, and his remorse.
Discussion: Are you carrying any guilt and shame with you at this point in your life?

4. Jesus before Pilate and Herod
Read Luke 22:63-71 and Luke 23:1-25
Reflection: Close your eyes and imagine what it must have felt like for Jesus to be unjustly accused, tried and convicted.
Discussion: How should we as believers respond to unjust treatment?

5. The Crucifixion, death and burial of our Lord
Read Luke 23:26-56
Reflection: Close your eyes and think about Jesus and quietly repeat the words: Jesus, thank you! Jesus, thank you!
Discussion: Ask each person to mention one thing that stood out for them from Christ's crucifixion, death and burial.

6. The Resurrection
Read Luke 24:1-35
Reflection: Close your eyes and imagine yourself as one of the women that went to the tomb or as one of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Imagine the joy at hearing the news that Christ has risen!
Discussion: How should Christ's resurrection affect our lives today?

Prayer ministry:

If you have some candles, give each person a candle. Light each candle. Have a time of open prayer as the Holy Spirit leads.

Regards

Bruce Taylor
LIFE GROUPS PASTOR

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