Reference

1 Corinthians 15:12–19
All or Nothing

It means no middle ground; it’s either completely one way, or completely the other way. In this message, we ask the question: When it comes to Easter and the resurrection, is it true, or is it a lie? What are the implications either way?

Main Idea — The resurrection is an all or nothing claim in Christianity.

Fill-In Notes: https://churchlinkfeeds.blob.core.windows.net/notes/39900/note-134088.html

 

CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION

  1. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church that without the bodily resurrection of Jesus, our faith is useless, baseless, lifeless, pointless, hopeless and ultimately pitiful. 1 Cor 15:12–19 (NLT) 
    • After dwelling on this idea, how does it strike you? 

  2. There’s a difference between knowing about Jesus and his resurrection power and experiencing it. In which of these ways could this power be pressed into the everyday challenges you face? 
    • Social Injustice. In the end, God rescues you from injustice & evens the score according to His perfect scales.
    • Fear of Loss. You have full assurance: God ultimately prevails and pronounces judgement on evil. Search for identity. You have personhood, you will always be you forever, you belong to a God who is coming back for you — where he will make you the YOU you were always meant to be. 
    • Grief & Funerals. Funerals are still sad, but have lost their sting for believers — future reunion!
    • ICU’s, ER’s & Suffering. Only temporary before receiving our glorified bodies. The riches of glory, renewal, wholeness & joy will be inherited from Jesus forever. 

  3. Like all the other disciples, Mary saw Jesus after He was resurrected, but didn’t recognize Him. (“She turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.” (John 20:14)) Can you remember a time and describe when or how it was that you first “recognized” Jesus as the one who defeated death and the grave?