1 Corinthians 15
When Paul preached the gospel at the Areopagus, it was the resurrection that caused the Greek philosophers to stop listening to him (see Acts 17:32). Though they acknowledged the possible resurrection of the soul, the philosophers of the day denied any form of bodily resurrection. The society and worldview that surrounded the Corinthians on all sides scoffed at the idea of a bodily resurrection. However, the resurrection of Jesus is important because it verifies His identity as the Son of God. Believing that Jesus is only a good man and moral teacher offers us an example to follow in this life, but it does not offer us life in the next. Christ’s resurrection offers hope in this life as well as the one to come.
Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-11:
- What vital elements did Paul include in his description of the gospel?
- What evidence did Paul give to prove the bodily resurrection of Jesus?
Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-34:
- According to this passage, what are the dire consequences if Christ was not resurrected?
- What glorious truths are made possible for believers because Christ conquered death?
- What keeps people from believing in the resurrection today?
- If the resurrection of the dead is not true, what impact does that have on our faith, forgiveness of sins, and the future of deceased believers?
Read 1 Corinthians 15:35-59:
- What point did Paul make in verse 38-40? What does this teach us about God?
- How does Paul’s example of a farmer planting a seed help you understand the resurrection body?
- How has Christ robbed death of its victory and sting?
Taking it home:
- What does a life lived in vain look like?
- How can you respond to the truth of these verses to ensure your labor is not in vain?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
Job 19:23-27 • John 11:17-44 • Acts 24:1-21 • Ezekiel 37:1-14 • Philippians 3 • Isaiah 25.