1. Would you risk dying
Someone in trouble
For romantic love
A belief that is important to you
For advancement of medical or scientific knowledge
Many thousands of men and women
died for their country in wars. Others have risked dying for a
they believed in, others have chosen to die rather than be separated
the one they love, or have given their lives so that someone else might
BUT WHO WOULD DIE FOR A LIE?
Something they knew was a lie? No one would be dumb enough
How did the key followers of Jesus die?
|Disciples & New Testament
|Method of death for following Christ
|Peter, Andrew, Luke, James son of Alphaeus,
Paul, Phillip, Simon, Bartholomew
|Matthew, James son of Zebedee
||Tortured to death
|Killed by arrows
||Natural death (But had been boiled in
They were flogged, tortured and finally killed. Why?
Because they would not deny:
That Jesus Christ rose from the dead and that Jesus Christ
was the Son
John 20:24-29 "But
"First, I must see the nail scars in his hands and touch them with my
I must put my hand where the spear went into his side. I won't believe
unless I do this!"
A week later the disciples
again. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came in while the doors
still locked and stood in the middle of the group. He greeted his
and said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and look at my hands! Put
hand into my side. Stop doubting and have faith!"
Thomas replied, "You are
my Lord and my
Jesus said, "Thomas, do
you have faith
because you have seen me? The people who have faith in me without
me are the ones who are really blessed!"
2. What did Thomas
say that he had
to see before he would believe that Jesus had risen?
3. How did Thomas know it
and not just a vision or a ghost?
4. What was his reaction to
5. What was the reaction of
6. How do we know that Jesus
back to life again?
7. Why do you think the
is so important?
8. What would you need to
9. Why do you think the
were willing to die rather than deny Jesus?