Study Guide: Rediscover the Resurrection

Sunday March 27, 2016 | Greg Boyd

Focus Scripture:

Brief Summary:

This Easter we heard from Greg Boyd on how the resurrection confirms that Jesus is the true revelation of God. Jesus is the exact representation of God and the truth is that the mercy of God triumphs over judgment. It is our task to align or re-align our picture of God with the person of Jesus seen in the resurrection.

Extended Summary:

The resurrection confirms that Jesus is the true revelation of God. Greg begins by looking at the passage in John 14:8-9 where Jesus proclaims to Philip that if you want to see the Father you just need to look at Jesus. This type of statement confronts us and requires us to make a choice. We can either dismiss Jesus as a lunatic or we can worship him as Lord.

Your picture of God is the most important question related to your relationship with God. Greg grew up with a jaded view of God and was always in trouble with authority. He was saved in a church that believed you are only as saved as your last sinless moment. As a teenager struggling with an addiction to pornography he was saved and un-saved almost daily in this battle. He eventually got to a point where he gave up on the game of trying to live perfectly to appease God and this sorrow and frustration moved to rage towards God. In the midst of this anger Greg threw open his Bible and read Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” and had his eyes opened to a God whose mercy actually triumphed over judgment. This picture of God seen in the person of Jesus loves us without qualifications and without expectations on us to determine how worthy we are of this love. The resurrection of Jesus confirms that this is the ultimate picture of God since the crucifixion and resurrection shows a God that would die for his enemies in hopes that they might come to Him. The love of God is greater than all things and this love is perfectly seen in the person of Jesus. As is noted in Hebrews 1:1-3, while there were glimpses of God in the past the exact representation and picture of God is seen in the life of Jesus.

If the God of the universe looks like Jesus then you are loved with an everlasting love that can’t be extinguished. The only question is whether we will trust that love and surrender to that love so that it can begin to transform us and make us whole again.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What is your picture of God? If you get really honest, what do you really picture when you think of God?
  2. Do you believe, at the core of your being, that the mercy of God triumphs over judgment? What would change in your life if you believed that to be true?
  3. What is your motivation for obeying God? Is it primarily out of fear or out of love?
  4. Greg ended the sermon by discussing the burial cloth of Jesus that needs to be left in the tomb. What about your past life or your dead life needs to be surrendered to God?