The Transforming Power of the Resurrection

The Transforming Power of the Resurrection

March 31, 2024
The Transforming Power of the Resurrection

HANDOUT FOR SERMON: THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE RESURRECTION.  March 31, 2024, Manchester, TN. 9:30 a.m.

INTRODUCTION: Today’s lesson will focus on the teaching of 1 Corinthians chapters 12 and 15. For God’s people to be the devoted, obedient and joyful children He desires we must have great faith in the resurrection. Without the resurrection there is no reason for Church attendance, worship nor godly living! The truth and fact of the resurrection gives our lives purpose and also gives us reason to listen to and obey God. All our personal problems and all “Church” problems are solved and resolved in Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Each one of us needs to look deep into our own hearts and ask ourselves: “How strong is my faith in Jesus Christ as My Lord?” If we could only manage to put Christ at the center of our lives, then the resurrection provides a transforming power to accomplish things that seem almost impossible.

Paul’s letters to the Corinthian church allows us to investigate the faith, the struggles, the weaknesses and the sins of God’s people in His Church. I often wonder how many Christians today would have looked upon the Church in Corinth as the Lord’s Church and would they worship with the saints there?  Churches have problems. All churches have areas they must improve on, yet a Church of Christ- is a Church of Christ and it belongs to Him and He determines the faithfulness of that Church.

We who make up the Manchester Church are individual people who have faith in Christ Jesus as Lord, who have been born again of the water and spirit and are striving to follow our Lord. Even though we are collectively a Church of Christ, I want us to think individually today before we think collectively. I want you to think of YOUR OWN part in the group. We all need to make changes and improvements, yet is it important we individually make changes ONE AT A TIME!

There are 3 things I would like you to consider as we start our study today:

  • We are His body, the body of believers, so please consider how your walk affects all of us.
  • Jesus loves us and we are to love as He loves, so how does your love affect all the others?
  • Jesus is our resurrected Lord, so how does His resurrection affect you or empower you? Without His resurrection, what is the point of living righteously and walking the narrow path?

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-15, 1 Corinthians 13, 1 Corinthians 15

The local Church will not get strong or stronger until you individually get stronger. If only a few people decide to get stronger, then they influence their families to get stronger then gradually the whole church becomes stronger!

LESSON:

THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST.   Do we understand the power of faith in reference to the resurrection of Jesus?  What does His resurrection prove and how does it affect your faith and your life?  1 Corinthians 15:1-8 “the word in which you stand” Do you understand the relevance of the resurrection of Jesus and how that in turn should affect your walk with Jesus? The empty tomb is real. He is risen. As believers in Jesus, we are told to seek things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. He goes on to speak of how the resurrection should affect us in a way where we are willing to “die” and our life is hidden in Jesus, Colossians 3:1-4

  • 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 Was Jesus raised or not? (our faith)
  • 1 Corinthians 15:22-26, 42-46 & 54-57 Will I be raised or not? (our confidence)
  • 1 Corinthians 15:30-34 How does this affect your faith and life? (our conviction)

3 transforming facts we all must consider and decide on

  • Jesus was not raised, or Jesus was raised. (our faith)
  • I will not be raised, or I will be raised. (our confidence)
  • I will eat, drink live and die, or I die daily for Jesus Christ. (our conviction)

The big and serious question for each one of us is: “Do I die daily?”

Scripture: Romans 4:22-25 & 5:1-6, 1 Peter 1:3-8 & 13, Galatians 2:20, 1 Corinthians 2:2

Dying daily is directly connected with Jesus and His resurrection.

  • Raised Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3
  • Obtained an inheritance for you, 1 Peter 1:4
  • Salvation available to you, 1 Peter 1:5
  • Yet you and your faith in it will be tested, 1 Peter 3:7-13.

Try your best to literally imagine being present at the crucifixion of Jesus. Imagine you being an eyewitness of it all! Then imagine witnessing the resurrection of Jesus Christ from His tomb. Do you think that would affect your life in any way? Do you think it would influence the level of your service to Jesus and His Kingdom? Would the reality of it greatly affect you? Or are we disciples who are constantly crying out “Lord, increase my faith!?”

Conclusion:

It is YOUR CHOICE!

Please make up your mind, who do you want to live for, what do you want to live for? What eternal facts should you allow to influence the way you choose to live your life?

A challenge to each individual who is a part of the Manchester Church family: How much of your life……

  • Are you reading God’s word for the purpose of deeper insight?
  • Praying for help and wisdom?
  • Thinking of Christ and His glory?
  • Speaking of Spiritual and eternal things?
  • Making Christ’s victory over death and His coming a focus of your life?

Other Scripture about the resurrection of Jesus: John 10:10, Philippians 3:7-10,