Whether it’s your favorite movie, book, or reality show, you know there’s nothing like a good plot twist! Those storytelling surprises can keep us entertained, but they can do a lot more than that too. A good plot twist can make us rethink everything we thought we knew, see things in a brand new light, and get excited about what might happen next. That’s never more true than in the most surprising and significant plot twist in history — Jesus’ death and resurrection.
In this six-week series, our second of the semester, we’ll look at six surprising stories from Jesus’ death, resurrection, and last days on earth. These stories will show us that, when life takes unexpected turns, God gives us help. And even when we’ve messed up or are ready to give up, Jesus never turns away from us, but gives us life, gives us hope, is with us, and gives us another chance. Essentially, we’ll see how when the story may seem over, we can still expect, a great plot twist.
WHEN WE’RE IN TROUBLE, GOD GIVES US HELP
This week, we’ll see how the plot to kill Jesus began and how the Psalms teach us to go to God during times of trouble.
Week 1: 2/15 & 2/19 – Daniel “stallion” Stevanus
Scripture: John 11:45-57; Psalm 46:1, 130:1-8
WHEN WE TURN AWAY FROM JESUS, HE DOESN’T TURN AWAY FROM US
This week, we’ll see how Jesus was betrayed, both by Judas and the crowd who celebrated him on Palm Sunday.
Week 2: 2/22 & 2/26 – Daniel “stallion” Stevanus
Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11, 26:14-16, 27:22-26; Colossians 1:13-14; 1 John 1:9
WHEN SIN BRINGS DEATH, JESUS GIVES LIFE
This week, we’ll explore the story of both Jesus’ death and resurrection, and what it means for us today.
Week 3: 3/1 & 3/5 – Allie Redmond
Scripture: John 19:1-30, 20:1-18; Psalm 51:9-1011
WHEN ALL SEEMS LOST, JESUS IS OUR HOPE
This week, we’ll see how Jesus comforted his fearful disciples on the day of his resurrection.
Week 4: 3/15 & 3/19 – Allie Redmond
Scripture: John 20:19-23, 1 Peter 1:3-9; Ephesians 1:18
WHEN WE FEEL ALONE, JESUS IS PRESENT
This week, we’ll see how Jesus was present with his disciples on the road to Emmaus, even when they weren’t aware of him.
Week 5: 3/22 & 3/26 – Guest Speaker
Scripture: Luke 24:13-35; Psalm 116:1-5, 139:7-10
WHEN WE MESS UP, JESUS GIVES US ANOTHER CHANCE
This week, we’ll see Jesus give Peter another chance after he denied Jesus and then hear from Peter on why Jesus died for us.
Week 6: 3/29 & 4/2 – Daniel “stallion” Stevanus
Scripture: John 21:15-19; 1 Peter 2:23-25; Romans 6:11-14