St. Paul's Baptist Church 1000 Wallace St. Phila. PA 19123
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Reverend Dr. Leslie D. Callahan, Pastor
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6:30 PM
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9:30 AM
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Church Wide Small Group Bible Study



Weekly Scripture Reading: Monday, April 21- Saturday, April 26 , 2014



Monday: Acts 10:34-43                                                 Thursday:  John 20:1-18

Tuesday:  Jeremiah 31:1-6                                            Friday:  Matthew 28:1-10

Wednesday: Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26                               Saturday: Colossians 3:1-4




Questions for Reflection and Small Group Discussion


Poor Mary Magdalene. On this first day of a new week, her hopes, once high, are now crushed by the death of Jesus...We wonder what she's thinking, and what she expects to find. It seems certain at least that she does not expect an empty tomb. Barbara Brown Taylor explores what's in Mary's heart: "Resurrection [unlike springtime] entirely unnatural. When a human being goes into the ground, that is that....You say good-bye....and you go on with your life as best you can, knowing that the only place springtime happens in a cemetery is on the graves, not in them...." Mary is lost, "like an abandoned pup who had lost her master, staying rooted to the last place he had been without the least idea what to do next...." 

Mary Magdalene's thoughts and feelings seem less mysterious than do those of the two disciples, Peter and "the one Jesus loved," who respond to her alarmed notice that "they" have taken Jesus' body (and we don't know where "they" took it). Perhaps Peter and the other disciple are problem-solving, facing a crisis that they believe they can handle more competently than they faced the Teacher's death. The worst has happened, but maybe they can handle its aftermath more courageously than they handled Jesus' arrest and crucifixion. When they arrive at the grave, racing, it seems, against each other...they see the grave cloths left behind by Jesus, who, unlike Lazarus, did not need to be "unbound." They "saw and believed," but they did not "yet understand." This "seeing and believing" theme, like the theme of the resurrection, runs throughout John's Gospel, but it isn't clear what the two disciples "believed" when they returned to their houses. We know, from the end of today's passage, that Jesus still felt it necessary to commission Mary Magdalene to tell his disciples (the community, really, not just the small band of "apostles") the good news. One wonders about the confidence he has in the disciples' ability to carry through even after seeing the empty grave.

1. What do you expect from life? What do you dare hope for?

2. When have you been caught off guard by "unbelievably" good news and unforeseen joy, something "too good to be true"?  Were you hesitant, or eager, to share what you experienced? 

3. What evidence did you need in order to trust in the good news? What did you need to "see" in order to "go tell"?


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Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m. 


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