Christ’s Resurrection and our resurrection are inseparable (v12-19)
Some people were denying the resurrection of believers effectively denying the resurrection of Christ. If Christ was not raised their faith is useless: they’re still unforgiven sinners; those dead already are hopeless and all Christians are to be pitied.
But Christ has been raised so they also will be raised to new life (v20-28)
Christ resurrection is the beginning of the ultimate defeat of the death we all inherit in Adam and will culminate when Jesus returns and all Christians will be raised with a new life and new body.
Stop sinning by practically denying the resurrection (v29-34)
Denying the resurrection was illogical but personally for Paul it meant all he suffered for being a gospel preacher was useless and it would be better to just live life now to the full forgetting about the future.
To listen to Graham Nicholls preaching at Christ Church on Sunday morning 16th August 2015 use the player above..
Questions for discussion in Community Groups
1. What are the implications Paul says do denying the resurrection?
2. How are Christians and Christ connected?
3. How could we encourage people to have resurrection hope as we do?
4. In what ways could we effectively deny the resurrection?
5. Verse 29 is obviously difficult to interpret. What do we do with verses like this to try and understand them better?
6. How confident do you feel about the future? What does the resurrection of Christ mean to you?
7. How does resurrection teaching help those who are suffering persecution?
Give thanks that Christ has indeed been raised from the dead
Series: 1 Corinthians (2015)