Historical evidence proves the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Now, let me ask you something profound yet troubling. If you became believers because you trusted the proclamation that Christ is alive, risen from the dead, how can you let people say that there is no such thing as a resurrection? If there’s no resurrection, there’s no living Christ. And face it—if there’s no resurrection for Christ, everything we’ve told you is smoke and mirrors, and everything you’ve staked your life on is smoke and mirrors. Not only that, but we would be guilty of telling a string of barefaced lies about God, all these affidavits we passed on to you verifying that God raised up Christ—sheer fabrications, if there’s no resurrection.
If corpses can’t be raised, then Christ wasn’t, because he was indeed dead. And if Christ weren’t raised, then all you’re doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever. It’s even worse for those who died hoping in Christ and resurrection, because they’re already in their graves. If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we’re a pretty sorry lot. But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries.
Questions to ponder:
(1) How thoroughly would you investigate a matter if you were going to base your life on it?
(2) What would it take for you to abandon, or radically rethink, your most cherished beliefs?
(3) How would you convince a nonbeliever that Christ's resurrection is an actual historical event and not just a "story" from the Bible?
In Communion, we stand against Satan.
When are you at your weakest? That's when Satan ups the intensity of temptation.
How do we respond to temptation? 1) Be filled with the Holy Spirit; 2) Be filled with Scripture; 3) Be surrounded with the body of Christ.
What will you do this week to respond to temptation? How will you be filled?
Choosing to turn to God changes how we live.
What can you commit to changing in your life today? How can you prove that you have changed for God? What will you do to make that change visible to the people around you?