Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Resurrection Matters,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church, the second week of our series, “Resurrection Hope,” from 1 Corinthians 15.
- When did you come to faith in Jesus as the one who died on the cross and rose from death? How did that happen? What were keys in your first steps of faith?
- This weekend at Eastbrook we continue to explore themes of the resurrection of Jesus, particularly why the resurrection matters to our faith. Whether you are alone or with a small group, ask God to speak to you and then read 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 aloud.
- Paul’s words here in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 involve a lot of logical reasoning and repetition of certain words or phrases. Take some time to identify repeating words or phrases. Also take some time to trace out Paul’s “if…then” statements. What do you notice?
- What can you gather about questions that were arising within the church at Corinth about Jesus? Why do you think these questions may have come forth?
- In verses 13-18, what does Paul identify as results of not believing in the resurrection of Jesus from death? Why are these things important?
- Why do you think Paul concludes this section by saying, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied?”
- Try turning the negative implications of no belief in the resurrection around to positive statements. If we do believe in the resurrection of Jesus, then what truths can we hold on to?
- What is one thing God is speaking to you through this study? If you are alone, write it down. If you are with a small group, discuss these things with one another.
[Next week we continue our exploration of resurrection themes by looking at “Resurrection Timing” from 1 Corinthians 15:20-34.]