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Not in Vain! (I Cor. 15:58)

Friends: If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that my friend Frank (in New Jersey) and I have been doing an email Bible study for over a year. We read the same chapter every day for a week — and then send a brief email of encouragement to each other. We’ve completed most of the epistles of the New Testament — and it’s been a great discipline for both of us.

We’re now in the book of I Corinthians. And we just started reading I Corinthians 15 on Easter Sunday! I want to occasionally post an outline of what I’m learning from my reading. Here’s my outline from I Corinthians 15:58:

Not in Vain! (I Cor. 15:58)

How good to know that because Christ has risen from the dead, and because He has conquered death, and because He will give us new resurrection bodies — our work now is not in vain!

Our Worthwhile Work —

I.   Assumes we’re part of God’s family (“my dear brothers and sisters”)
II.  Requires us to stand firm
III. Challenges us to let nothing move us
IV. Expects us to give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord

Because we know that our labor in the Lord is not in vain!

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2020 in I Corinthians 15

 

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Ideas Have Consequences! (A Study of I Corinthians 15:12-19)

Friends: If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that my friend Frank (in New Jersey) and I have been doing an email Bible study for over a year. We read the same chapter every day for a week — and then send a brief email of encouragement to each other. We’ve completed most of the epistles of the New Testament — and it’s been a great discipline for both of us.

We’re now in the book of I Corinthians. And we just started reading I Corinthians 15 on Easter Sunday! I want to occasionally post an outline of what I’m learning from my reading. Here’s my outline from I Corinthians 15:9-11:

Ideas Have Consequences! (A Study of I Corinthians 15:12-19)

I. The Consequence of Logic (v. 12)
>>> no room for exceptions!

II. The Consequence of Uselessness (v. 14)
>>> our preaching
>>> your faith

III. The Consequence of Deception/False Witnesses (v. 15)

IV. The Consequence of Lostness (v. 18)
>>> your lostness (v. 17)
>>> your loved ones’ lostness (v. 18)

V.  The Consequence of Pity (v. 19)

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2020 in I Corinthians 15

 

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It’s All Grace! (I Cor. 15:9-11)

Friends: If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that my friend Frank (in New Jersey) and I have been doing an email Bible study for over a year. We read the same chapter every day for a week — and then send a brief email of encouragement to each other. We’ve completed most of the epistles of the New Testament — and it’s been a great discipline for both of us.

We’re now in the book of I Corinthians. And we just started reading I Corinthians 15 on Easter Sunday! I want to occasionally post an outline of what I’m learning from my reading. Here’s my outline from I Corinthians 15:9-11:


 
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Posted by on April 22, 2020 in I Corinthians 15

 

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Life-Changing Appearances! (A Study of I Corinthians 15)

Friends: If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that my friend Frank (in New Jersey) and I have been doing an email Bible study for over a year. We read the same chapter every day for a week — and then send a brief email of encouragement to each other. We’ve completed most of the epistles of the New Testament — and it’s been a great discipline for both of us.

We’re now in the book of I Corinthians. And we just started reading I Corinthians 15 on Easter Sunday! I want to occasionally post an outline of what I’m learning from my reading. Here’s my outline from I Corinthians 15:3-8:

Here’s my outline on the topic —

Life-Changing Appearances!

I. A Truth of First Importance (v. 3)

II. A Truth of Scriptural Fulfillment (vv. 3-4)

    A. Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures

    B. Christ was buried (v. 4)

    C. Christ was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures

    D. Christ’s Appearances (vv. 5-8)

         1. to Cephas (v. 5)

         2. then to the Twelve (v. 5)

         3. to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the

             same time, most of whom are still living, though some

             have fallen asleep.

         4. then to James (v. 7)

         5. then to all the apostles

         6. and last of all to me also, as to one abnormally born

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2020 in I Corinthians 15

 

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Getting Back to the Gospel! (A Study of I Corinthians 15)

Friends: If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that my friend Frank (in New Jersey) and I have been doing an email Bible study for over a year. We read the same chapter every day for a week — and then send a brief email of encouragement to each other. We’ve completed most of the epistles of the New Testament — and it’s been a great discipline for both of us.

We’re now in the book of I Corinthians. And we just started reading I Corinthians 15 on Easter Sunday! I want to occasionally post an outline of what I’m learning from my reading.

Here’s my outline on the topic —

Getting Back to the Gospel! (I Cor. 15:1-2)

I. We need to be reminded of the gospel (v.1)

II. The gospel is something to be preached (v. 1)

III. The gospel is something to be received (v. 1)

IV. The gospel is something on which we take our stand (v. 1)

V. It is by this gospel that one is saved (v. 2)

VI. There is a condition — “if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you” (v. 2)

VII. If one does not hold firmly to the word preached — “you have believed in vain” (v. 2)

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2020 in I Corinthians 15

 

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What Does Christ’s Resurrection Mean to You?

“The resurrection is one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted upon the minds of men, or it is the most fantastic fact of history.” Today is resurrection Sunday. What difference should the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ make in my life?

I understand that the early believers did not greet each other by reciting recent sports scores, but by one of them saying, “He is RISEN!” And the other responding, “He is risen INDEED!” But why do we hear so few sermons on Christ’s resurrection during the year — and it seems to be the only theme on a Sunday like today?

Paul’s treatise on Christ’s resurrection in I Corinthians 15 is well-known. That document alone demolishes foolish views like the disciples stole the body, or Jesus’ resurrection appearances were merely hallucinations, or the disciples went to the wrong tomb on that Easter morn.

“He’s risen in MY heart!”

I Corinthians 15 shoots down the silly notion that what really matters is that “Jesus lives in my heart” (which even the Jesus seminar member Marcus Borg says!). Robert Funk, Borg’s predecessor, stated that the bodily resurrection of Jesus didn’t happen and that the body was most likely eaten by dogs.

Jesus’ bodily resurrection demonstrates the Father’s approval of the Son’s work, proves that Jesus kept His word about “taking back His life again,” and guarantees our own resurrections (for those who have trusted Him as Savior). The evidences of the “almost-empty” tomb (the graveclothes were left), the resurrection appearances, and the bold preaching of the disciples in the very city in which their Master was executed reminds us that we have good and sufficient reasons to believe the Gospel — even at the cost of our own lives!

THE ALMOST EMPTY TOMB

Discussion Questions: Why is the resurrection of Jesus important to YOU? If you really believe He rose from the dead, what differences should that make in your life and mine?

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in resurrection

 

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