The Resurrection in Me
I Corinthians 15:19-58 
Pastor Jay Victory

 

Community Group Discussion Questions:

1.Over the last three weeks we’ve heard about Jesus’ resurrection. Why is the truth of the resurrection a central tenant in our Christian faith? How is it intricately tied to our future resurrection? (I Cor. 15:19-23)

2.Some of those within the church at Corinth took the step of believing in Jesus’ resurrection (after all, there were so many witnesses still alive) but did not believe in personal life after death. What difference was this making in their daily lives? (I Corinthians 15:32,33) How does a belief in eternity in heaven affect our lives today? Additional verses: Galatians 5:15-26.

3.There is so much heartache in the world today, after all, we live in a fallen world. What kind of hope does the future bring for believers? What will be present and what will be missing in the next life? (I Corinthians 15:35-58, Revelation 21: 3,4, Ephesians 2:4-6.

4.When you look at these verses and what’s in store for believers, what do you look forward to the most? 

 

Sermon Notes 

Over the last two weeks Andrew has shared with us about the resurrection of Christ. The first week was The Proof was in the Power from I Corinthians 15:1-10 and he discussed the overwhelming evidence associated with Jesus’ resurrection. 

The second week he spoke from I Corinthians 15:11-19. If/then was the focus. If this is true (which we know it to be) then what are the effects of that truth? 

This week we will be in I Corinthians 15:19-58 

We are going to be looking at the last part of Paul’s letter to the believer’s in Corinth 

Summary 

We will be looking at 3 things from the final part of Paul’s letter this morning 

1. We’re going to look back at why Jesus’ resurrection was so important and how much hinges on it (Victory over death) 

2. We’re going to look how the resurrection affects our life in the here and now (Victory today) 

3. And we’re going to look at why the resurrection is so important for the future (Victory for eternity) 

I Corinthians 15:19-23 

Victory over Death 

Looking Back 

19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. 

20 But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. 

21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. 22 Just as 

everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. 23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back. 

Paul and the Corinthian Church
What was he dealing with here? What issue was he addressing in this letter? 

Look at vs 19 “If our hope in Christ is only for this life...” ties into vs 12 “since we preach Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead?” 

They were not getting it. Jesus literally rose from the dead (resurrected) and this conquered death not just for him...but for believers as well (vs 22,23) we will be given a “new life” 

Here “raised as the first” (or first fruit) can also mean “guarantee or 1st installment 

Illustration: Why is this important? 

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Have you ever been in a tight spot? A difficult situation? 

A bind? 

This was the case for all mankind. “Death came through Adam” He did wrong against God and did irrevocable harm to the relationship...separating him and causing death.
But haven’t each of us stood in our own garden? Facing a decision and knowing right from wrong...then intentionally choosing wrong?
The Bible says this leads to our spiritual and physical death 

Why Jesus’ Resurrection is Relevant to You
Jesus made a way out. He died in our place but then he rose again, thereby conquering death and providing a way for us to follow. 

Jesus’ resurrection is what sets Christianity apart. It’s a pivot point in history and the foundation for all our belief. It all rises and falls with this one thing. 

Did he conquer death? Was he God with us? Did he make a way for us to conquer death as well? All of history, all of today and all of tomorrow rests on the answer to this question. 

Through the years I’ve questioned so much as I’ve worked out my faith but I’ve always come back to this one question and rebuilt from there. 

So we look back at what Jesus did when he died and was resurrected. But does this have any affect on our lives today

Once we believe does it make a difference? 

Apparently the Corinthians had similar questions. Let’s pick back up with verses 30-34. 

I Corinthians 15:30-34 

Victory for Today 

Present Life 

30 And why should we ourselves risk our lives hour by hour? 31 For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you. 32 And what value was there in fighting wild beasts -- those people of Ephesus -- if there will be no resurrection from the dead? And if there is no resurrection, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!” 33 Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” 34 Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all. 

Paul and the Corinthian Church
Again, why did Paul need to address this with this group of believers in Corinth? 

I Corinthians 6:12 

You say, “I am allowed to do anything” 

I Corinthians 15:32 

And if there is no resurrection, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!” 

They believed in Jesus’ resurrection some did not believe in their own resulting in... 

“How Now Shall I Live?”
Chuck Colson wrote a book with this title years ago. It speaks of the different life we live once we become a believer. One that seeks to honor God with our actions instead of one that concentrates on ourselves and temporary things that hurt us in the long run. 

There should be a difference and it should be evident. Not only in our actions but in who we are. For a good juxtaposition list check out Galatians 5:16-26 

If/Then (let’s put this into practice)
If Jesus is the Son of God and was literally raised from the dead, then how does this change your view of the world? 

If I believe that one day I too will be resurrected by God, then how does this change the way I live my life in the here and now

Everything changes. The why, the how... all of it changes from revolving around us to revolving around God’s plan and priorities. 

Addendum 

Does your belief in Jesus and the resurrection affect whether each is true? No. Truth is truth whether you believe it or not 

So we’ve looked back at the resurrection and how it paved a way for us to follow. 

We’ve looked at the fact that the resurrection affects our life today and the way we live it. 

Now I’d imagine you’ve got a few questions about believer’s resurrection in the future. Correct? As you can see from the next few verses, you’re not alone. 

Victory for Eternity 

Looking Forward 

I Corinthians 15:35-36a, 42,43 

35 But someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?” 36 What a foolish question! 

42 It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. 43 Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. 

Questions you might have today
Will there be love handles in heaven? 

Wrinkles? Receding hairlines? 

Do I get to change my body shape, height or this hair? You know, I’d really like curly hair. 

An exercise in missing the point! For the Corinthians and us as well 

So, what is the point?
Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be 

raised to live forever (no more death) 

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory (no more disease) 

They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength (no more surrendering to temptation that leads to such misery) 

As a pastor I see so much 

Sadness from loss
Broken spirits and broken bodies 

Sickness 

Heartache/sorrow 

You name it and we’ve seen it. But there is a day coming when all these things will pass away. A day when all this is behind us. And the irony is that the God that many blame in the midst of these things is the only One who can bring peace, healing and grace. He’s the only one who can conquer death and provide eternity. 

Other passages that speak of the hope beyond our resurrection 

I Corinthians 15:54-57 

54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: 

“Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? 

O death, where is your sting?
56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Revelation 21:3,4 

3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” 

Ephesians 2:4-6 

4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 

Do you know what I see in these verses? Hope