Why the Resurrection Matters!

Why the Resurrection Matters!

Why the Resurrection Matters!

Sunday, April 21 , 2019 
(1 Corinthians 15:1-22; Various Scriptures)

 

Jesus’ appearances after His resurrection: 

Matthew 28:9, 16-17; Mark 16:9,12; Luke 24:13-3,34,51; John 20:18,19,26, 21:1; Acts 1:9; 1 Corinthians 15:6,7 

Examples of the preaching of the resurrection in the early Church: 

Acts 1:22, 2:22-32,41; 3:14, 4:10, 10:45-49; Acts 13, 17:16-32; Acts 25, 26

 

1.The resurrection positively VERIFIES Jesus’ identity. 

(Romans 1:3,4; John 2:19)

2.The resurrection is the ASSURANCE that we are forgiven. 

(1 Corinthians 15:17; Hebrews 9:22, 10:1-4, 10:12; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 4:25, 10:9)

3.The resurrection confirms that we live in a Kingdom that is being led by a LIVING King! 

(Acts 7:56; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 1:3,8:1,10:12,12:2; 1 Peter 3:22; Revelation 3:21)

4.The resurrection ensures that physical DEATH is not the end of human existence. 

(1 Corinthians 15:20-23; Acts 2:24; Isaiah 25:8; Matthew 27:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; John 3:16; Romans 8:38-39; John 11:25-26; Hebrews 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10)

5.The resurrection paves the way for ultimate VICTORY over ALL enemies! 

(Revelation 12:11, 20:14, 21:4; Romans 8:11; Ephesians 1:19-20; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 3:10; John 20:19-22; Acts 2:27)

 

Taking it further to help you THRIVE 

1.Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?

2.Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-14. What value does preaching a ‘Christian message’ have without acknowledging the resurrection of Christ? Why is the Resurrection so crucial?

3.Many (probably most) people live with the notion that, in the end, they hope their good deeds outweigh their bad ones. How does the Resurrection message contradict this kind of thinking?

4.Read Ephesians 1:18-20. Paul indicates that the power that is at work in us is the same as the power that rose Jesus from the dead. Why is it so difficult to realize this power is at work in us? How can we better acknowledge (appropriate?) this power on a regular basis?

5.If we wholeheartedly embrace these reasons why the resurrection is significant, in what ways would our day-to-day lives be different?