5th Sunday of Lent John 11:1-45 6.4.14

1 04 2014

This is another welcome contribution from the Reverend Jan Ashton.

I would warmly welcome other guest contributions by email to stephen.cherry@durham.anglican.org . Also, offers to write sermon starters for a period of, say, a month or six weeks woud be great

Gospel Passage John 11:1-45

Need to Know

1. Jesus is glorified in this passage. Trace the stations towards this glorification.

2. Why did Jesus add ‘and the life’ to his announcement that he is the resurrection?

3. What is the role of blame in this passage?

Need to Challenge

1. Here in Kidderminster, we have concerns that some of our congregation go from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday without seemingly considering what happens in-between. How might this journey to death and the grave encourage a different response?

2. Where are the disciples when Jesus goes to Bethany? Did they go? Or do they not ‘do’ sadness?

3. To what extent is Martha’s belief an important factor in this story?

Need to Comfort

1. Why is it important to know Jesus cried?

2. Despite the sadness there is still resurrection.

3. Despite seeing this raising of Lazarus not all the Jews who see it believe.

 

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