This week we are kicking off a new, 3-week series called "Risen King." As we enter the final weeks of Lent with Palm Sunday this weekend, we'll be discussing key elements to the identity of Jesus in the context of the Easter story - that he is God's promised King (Messiah), he is our atoning sacrifice (studying the crucifixion of Jesus), and he is our risen hope both now and in the life to come (through his resurrection - Praise be to God!). We hope that in taking time to study and reflect on these truths student are reminded not just what Easter is - but why it is important to our faith as Christians and (ideally) be able to articulate that to those around us who are curious. 

Here are some of the main points we'll be discussing tonight both in the large group lesson as well as in small group time:
- What is the largest/most exciting gathering of people you've been a part of? What was the focus/occasion? 

- How would you explain to a non-believer why a savior was needed/promised by God? Can you point to instances in the Bible were the Christ is foreshadowed? 
(Examples: Genesis 3; from the tribe of Judah, through Abraham; covenant made with David; Jeremiah 23:5-6, etc.)

- In what ways does Jesus reveal his authority? How do people around him react to this?

- Why was Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey significant? (See Zechariah 9:9)

- When was the last time you were really excited about something but were forced to wait for it? What kind of expectations did you build up in the waiting?

- In what ways is the Kingdom Jesus modeled and taught different than the kingdoms of this world? What is a specific example where living in His Kingdom contrasts to the world around you? 
- What would be potential responses from your friends, family, teammates if you started living more like Jesus?

- How do you view authority? When you think of a King or ruler – one that is good, one you would submit yourself to – what do they look like?

- Do you generally trust those in authority over you? Why or why not?
- How does Jesus' authority differ from other notable leaders/authorities in our culture today? Is that good, bad, neither?

- Do you see Jesus as a King? Why or why not? 

- Who or what kind of authorities do you routinely submit yourself to? How would you describe those authorities in your life?