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Introduction. 

This series is a verse by verse study of 1 Corinthians. Paul writes to the church he founded in the most important city in Greece. A few years after Paul moves on, he writes this letter to answer the issues and confusion experienced by the Corinthian church. These words are extremely relevant to the church today. It reveals the problems, pressures, and struggles of God’s people called out of a pagan culture. Division, spiritual pride, sexual immorality, lawsuits, and misuse of the Lord’s Table are some of the matters addressed. This word from God is applicable to us now, clearing up any confusion about our identity in Christ, and how to carry out his mission in our world.

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SERIES TITLE: CORRECTED - When Christians Get Confused

PART TWENTY-EIGHT: MADE ALIVE

TEXT:  1 Corinthians 15:11-34

INTRODUCTION.

This series is a verse by verse study of 1 Corinthians. Paul writes to the church he founded in the most important city in Greece. A few years after Paul moves on, he writes this letter to answer the issues and confusion experienced by the Corinthian church. These words are extremely relevant to the church today. It reveals the problems, pressures, and struggles of God’s people called out of a pagan culture. Division, spiritual pride, sexual immorality, lawsuits, and misuse of the Lord’s Table are some of the matters addressed. This word from God is applicable to us now, clearing up any confusion about our identity in Christ, and how to carry out his mission in our world.

DISCUSSION.

If you remember when you first learned about death, what was that like?

EXAMINATION.

V.12 Why do you think some of these Christians would doubt resurrection?                       

Vv.13-19 What is “vain” faith (v.14) or “futile” faith (v.17)?

Why would believers be “people most pitied” if there is no resurrection?

Vv.20-28 What is the meaning of “firstfruits”?           

Why is the idea that “in Adam all die” important?

What does it mean that one day God will be all in all?

Vv.29-34 How many different understandings of baptism for the dead can you think of?

Why do you think Paul used this illustration?

Did Paul fight actual beasts at Ephesus? Why or why not?

APPLICATION.

  • Do you think the resurrection gets sufficient attention as part of the gospel message in evangelism, lessons, and sermons? Why or why not?
  • What are some wrong ideas you have heard from Christians about resurrection and the life to come?
  • How should the truth of the resurrection influence your daily life?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

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