1 Corinthians 15:1-4
INTRODUCTION: The Gospel is the most important message that the church ever proclaims. At the heart of the gospel is the resurrection of Christ. No other religion is based upon the historical fact of a bodily resurrection. The resurrection is the focal point of every other truth Christ taught.
Jesus taught His disciples:
Mark 8:31: ''And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
Note: Mark 9:9, 31
John 11:25: ''Jesus said to her, ''I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.''
The first 2 sermons preached after the birth of the church (Pentecost) both focused on the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2:14, 3:12).
The resurrection is the pivot on which all of Christianity turns and without which none of the other truth would much matter.
The Gospel defined:
The God of Creation clothed Himself in flesh, came into the world virgin born, lived a sinless life, went to the cross dying a substitutionary death on behalf of sinners in order to receive the judgment we deserved and to offer to sinners forgiveness and His righteousness.
In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul uses 58 verses to speak of Christ's resurrection and our resurrection.
Belief in the resurrection, the truth that this life is only a prelude to the life to come for those who trust in Jesus Christ could not be obliterated by ridicule, prison, torture or even death. No fear or dread in this life can quench the hope and joy of an assured life to come.
I. THE GOSPEL PREACHED 1-2
To preach the gospel is to declare Christ's death, burial and resurrection. The middle voice emphasizes the subject's participation in the action. In this way Paul stressed his own participation in the gospel he had preached. This gave the message life, passion and heart.
A. Gospel R ...
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