WORSHIP GUIDE: Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

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Easter Sunday Sermon Notes & Quotes
“The Resurrection Changes Everything”
1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 12-26

Sermon Outline

  • The  of the Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
  • The  of the Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:12-18)
  • The  of the Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20-24)
  • The  of the Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:19,25-26)

The Priority of the Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)

The Historicity of the Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:12-19)

    • The bodily resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter morning was a historical event.
      ▪ Not a Hallucination
      ▪ Not a Conspiracy
      ▪ Not a Myth
    • Without the real resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, preaching is .
    • Without the real resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, faith is .

The Theology of the Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20-24)

    • Jesus Christ is the of the resurrection.
    • All who are “in Adam” will ; all who “” to Christ will attain the
      resurrection.

The Hope of the Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:25-26)

    • Hope needs a .
    • For Christians, the foundation of our hope is the of Jesus Christ.
    • Christ has death.

Sermon Quotes1

  • “Preach [and live] as if Jesus was crucified yesterday, rose from the dead today, and is returning
    tomorrow” (Luther).
  • “Proposing that Jesus of Nazareth was raised from the dead was just as controversial nineteen
    hundred years ago as it is today. The discovery that dead people stayed dead was not first made by
    the philosophers of the Enlightenment” (Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God, 10).
  • “Christianity does not hold the resurrection to be one among many tenets of belief. Without faith in
    the resurrection there would be no Christianity at all. The Christian church would never have begun;
    the Jesus-movement would have fizzled out like a damp squib [i.e., wet firework] with His execution.
    Christianity stands or falls with the truth of the resurrection. Once disprove it, and you have
    disposed of Christianity” (Green, Man Alive, 61).
  • “The Christian church rests on the resurrection of its Founder. Without this fact the church could
    never have been born, or if born, it would soon have died a natural death. The miracle of the
    resurrection and the existence of Christianity are so closely connected that they must stand or fall
    together. If Christ was raised from the dead, then all his other miracles are sure, and our faith is
    impregnable; if he was not raised, he died in vain, and our faith is vain. It was only his resurrection
    that made his death available for our atonement, justification and salvation; without the
    resurrection, his death would be the grave of our hopes; we should be still unredeemed and under
    the power of our sins. A gospel of a dead Savior would be a contradiction and wretched delusion.
    This is the reasoning of St. Paul, and its force is irresistible. The resurrection of Christ is therefore
    emphatically a test question upon which depends the truth or falsehood of the Christian religion. It
    is either the greatest miracle or the greatest delusion which history records” (Schaff, History of the
    Christian Church, 202).
  • “A little over a month before he died, the famous atheist Jean-Paul Sartre declared that he so strongly resisted feelings of despair that he would say to himself, ‘I know I shall die in hope.’ Then in profound sadness, he would add, ‘But hope needs a foundation.’” (Our Daily Bread; April 17, 1995).

1 Beloved Church family, you know by now that that I love a good quote! However, no theologian is perfect, and
nobody’s theology is perfect. Only the Scriptures are perfect! If you read the works of any of these authors,
please use discernment. I do not agree with many things that these men have written. Here is the rule: always
test the wisdom of men by the unerring Word of God. God’s Word is our final authority for all matters of faith and
doctrine. In Acts 17, Paul and Silas preached at the Jewish synagogue in Berea. The Bereans double checked
everything that Paul preached by the Scriptures. According to Acts 17:11, “The Berean Jews were of more noble
character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the
Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

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