by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 49 and 50 of a 56 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 49: God's Agenda
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 15:20-28

Having shown the inevitable results of denying the resurrection of the dead in general and Christ in particular, Paul goes on to show that Christ's resurrection is a basic part of God's agenda for the future.

I. The Resurrection of Christ.

A. Its statement. v. 20
1. Evidence of divine intervention.

2. Basis of human assurance.

B. Its significance. v. 20b-22
1. The first fruits of God's harvest. See Leviticus 23:10
a. Christ the first fruits (not the first) from the dead.

b. First fruits consecrate the latter fruits.

c. First fruits assume later fruit.

2. The antidote to Adam's disease. See Romans 5:12-19
a. Adam's sin produced death.

b. "In Adam" disease is contagious, infectious and epidemic.


Part 50: Communications and Behavior
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 15:29-34

Those who disbelieved in the resurrection were greatly influencing the Corinthian Christians. Paul expressed his deep concern by quoting an ancient proverb, "Evil communications corrupt good manners." In our communications-conscience era we need to remember this truth.

I. The Evolution of Communications.

Note: "Communication", Gk. "Homiliai" lit. interaction, fellowship or
A. The loneliness of the individual.
B. The establishment of community.
C. The development of language.
D. The advent of media.
E. The age of electronics.
F. The fact of a "global village."

II. The Effect of Communications.

Note: Communications greatly affect behavior.
A. Communications and confused behavior. v. 29
1. Conflicting information.
a. The dead don't rise.
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