Sunday School Material 4-5-15:  Believe in the Resurrection

(I Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22; 4/5/15)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that Paul talks about the the power of preaching and trusting in the resurrection. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to share and hope in the resurrection.

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Read I Corinthians 15:1-4

I. Vital Gospel. In our Sunday School material Paul is rehearsing with his listeners what he has preached to them. Paul had preached about how Jesus died for their sins. Jesus rose on the third day according to the scriptures.

Applications –

- Remembering. Notice in vs. 1 that Paul reminded his brothers and sisters of some spiritual truths. In like manner, it is important for believers to remind one another of spiritual truths today.

There are so many things going on in our lives, families, communities, and world. It is easy to be distracted from spiritual truths. Let’s work on helping one another remember principles from God’s word.

Our singing, praying, and preaching should be helpful in this area. Our Bible studies and advice giving should be helpful as well.

- The Gospel. Notice in vss. 1-4 of our Sunday School material that the Scripture fulfilling gospel is being preached. First, Jesus did die and was resurrected. His death paid for our sins. His resurrection gives us confidence in all His promises and teachings.

Second, God’s word is trustworthy. Just as sure as God’s promises regarding Jesus’ death and resurrection came true, all of God’s promises will come true. God promises blessings for those who obey and punishment for those who do not.

Third, the gospel or good news about Jesus’ ministry is to be preached. It is to be shared with the aim of persuading people to accept Jesus as their Savior and their Lord. Every believer has some level of preaching or witnessing to do.

Fourth, we should make sure that our hopes are built on the gospel of Jesus, instead of our good works or religious/moral character. At our best, we are saved sinners through Christ. Without Christ, we would simply be lost sinners.

Let’s work on sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and making sure that our hopes are built on it.

Read I Corinthians 15:5-11

II. Dramatic Evidence. Paul talks about the numerous people that Jesus appeared to. Paul was the last one on the list that Jesus appeared to. In our Sunday School material Paul talks about himself as the least of the apostles but one who is upheld by the grace of God.

Applications –

- Grace. Notice in vss. 10-11 that Paul talks about not deserving to be an Apostle but by the effective grace of God, God was using him in such capacity.

First, no matter how long we have been in church, what title we hold, or how religious/moral we think we are, we are all “grace cases.” If it had not been for God’s amazing grace, all of us would have been long gone.

Second, we are called to serve the Lord, in spite of what we and others remember about our past. Since God forgives and gives another chance, we are to serve.

Third, we should strive to live in such a way that people can see that grace is effecting how we live. One of the things that grace should do is move us to work hard for the Lord’s glory.

We should feel so indebted to the Lord and so thankful to Him that we serve Him with great excellence and enthusiasm. Let’s work on being so thankful for God’s grace that we serve Him with all that we have.

- The main thing. Notice in vs. 11 of our Sunday School material that Jesus being preached is more important than who preaches Jesus. It is sad to see how much energy can be spent on who is going to preach, instead of focusing on Jesus being preached.

Whoever preaches is simply a mail carrier. As the mail is more important than the carrier, the gospel of Jesus is more important than who does the preaching. Let’s make sure we keep the main thing, the main thing. Jesus is the main thing.

Read I Corinthians 15:20-22

III. Living Hope. Paul goes on to talk about how Christ was raised from the dead. In so doing, He is the One who brings life to all who believe on Him. Adam brought death to all who came after him.

Applications –

- Resurrection. Notice in vss. 20-22 of the Sunday School material that Jesus’ resurrection assures us of ours as well. First, Jesus was dead and then resurrected from the dead. Vss. 5-8 gives an impressive number of eye witnesses to the resurrected Jesus.

When we think about how so many of the disciples were killed for their faith, this gives greater evidence. It is highly unlikely that men would have stopped hiding and came out to die for Jesus, if they were not thoroughly convinced that Jesus was all that He said that He was.

Second, because Jesus rose as the first fruits, we can be assured that death is not the end of our souls. “Yes,” these bodies will surely let us down. But our souls will live beyond the death of our bodies. And for those who die in Christ, we shall have eternal life with Him.

Let’s live like we believe that our resurrection is assured. Such living should be noted for our living lives that bring glory to God and help us develop gold, silver, and precious stone for the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Such living should be known for trusting God, as death draws close to us and our loved ones, instead of grieving as those who have no hope.

Conclusion: Let’s work on sharing and hoping in the resurrection. God has much for those who obey His wil

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