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Resurrection Replaces My Own Reasoning
1 Corinthians 15.12-19
ICC’s PM service (4/16/22)
1. Prayers- God allow us to see ourselves in your word tonight, not just condemning the Corinthians or the people of the world, but may we be able to start with ourselves
We have a problem in our world called Expressive individualism
It says that our flourishing depends on self-actualization—building our identities on our own perceptions, desires, and choices.
It argues that our identities are based not on “nature” but on what one wants or chooses or feels.
2. That’s why it is considered violence to tell someone they’re not who they clearly are not
But we have the same problem in the church
How often do people choose a church based where we feel comfortable, welcomed, supported.
We can choose our churches as we choose a house or car”
2. How often do we think that the church would be better if it had this thing I really wanted
And that could help.. but the question must be… what does God’s word say we need and should believe?
then will I submit to that?
3. The Corinthians did want to, we ask-Why is the resurrection a question?
i. IN this letter he has had a number of problems reported that he’s trying to address
So an outline of the book could be in 3 sections
Divisions in the Church (1:1–4)
Disorders in the Church (chaps.
Difficulties in the Church (chaps.
The Corinthians believed the good news of Jesus’ resurrection (15:1-8)
1. Paul states clearly what he had preached to them previously and thus what they had believed
2. Pastor Tom Pennington summarizes the gospel message here
a. Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures (v3)
He was buried (v4)
He was raised on the 3rd day (v4)
And he appeared to many witnesses (v5-8)
3. The Christians heard this message and they believed this message, but there was a problem
The Corinthians culture didn’t believe there is resurrection from the dead (verses 12)
And the concept of resurrection was so unthinkable to Greek culture they thought Jesus and “the resurrection” were different Gods when Paul preached in Acts 17
They believed in dualism, the separation of body from soul
3. My body is not me, it just a shell for my soul
4. So the afterlife had no place for the body
It is so hard to step outside our culture because it’s like a fish in water, we don’t even realize we’re in it
But this was trusting in their own understanding, rather than in Christ
We should not trust ourselves over the bible because Christ is RISEN
1. Trusting my own understanding steals the supernatural Report (13)
1. Paul wants to convince them this is not right based on what they already know
2. They had believed many others had seen Jesus alive again
So he reminds them if there is no resurrection of the body, then everything he just said falls apart
Without the truth historical resurrection, the whole message of christianity falls apart
a. Thomas Jefferson authored his own The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth[i]because he hated the miracles of the bible and only wanted the morals
The closing words of this Bible are: “There laid they Jesus and rolled a great stone at the mouth of the sepulchre and departed.”[ii]
2. So, if you take out the resurrection, you just have a tomb.
There may be biblical teaching doesn’t quite make sense to you either
It is said that if christians disagree about something, why should we not just be ok with it?
Can we really know an answer?
Whether it is Calvinism vs ariminians, whether the spiritual gifts have ceased, critical race theory, or whether someone can be homosexual
It May not make sense to us but if the Bible speaks, we must submit to God’s word
Paul says if there is no resurrection, the report of the resurrection is false and so there is no point trusting in Jesus
2. Trusting my own understanding says faith is Inane (14)
He starts another hypothetical which he assumes to be true for the moment
If there is no resurrection, Christ is not raised, if Christ is not raised, then faith is without purpose
2. The word Faith has different definitions, but usually people think blind faith… believing when it doesn’t make any sense
But faith just means trust
And the bible here shows us that faith is only as good as the how trustworthy your object of faith is
Faith in faith is no good, because it would leave you vain, meaning it will do nothing
3. False religions are vain
Isaiah 1:13- Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me.
New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
1. God is not ok with a pointless religion
1. Faith only matters on how true the object of trust is
2. The Christian faith is not vain because it is real
William lane Craig writes
Without the belief in the Resurrection the Christian faith could not have come into being.
The disciples would have remained crushed and defeated men.
Even had they continued to remember Jesus as their beloved teacher, His crucifixion would have forever silenced any hopes of His being the Messiah.
The cross would have remained the sad and shameful end of His career.
The origin of Christianity therefore hinges on the belief of the early disciples that God had raised Jesus from the dead.
-William Lane Craig
The resurrection overcame the disciples fear
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