We continue our sermon series exploring the foundations of the Christian faith. This week we will be focussing on the resurrection. Service led by Richard Sills.
Do you believe in resurrection?
In our world, for generation upon generation; we have all grown up knowing of death, it is as it were, a fact of life.
We know that inevitably, at some point, we all die. So death is something we must accept, and it is something that nobody denies.
Talk about resurrection from the dead however, and that’s a different story altogether.
Today most can except that that with modern medical techniques, some can be brought back to life even after being clinically dead hours after they have stopped breathing, but how many believe in a permanent resurrection from the dead?
Jesus predicted his death and resurrection
The Son of God did not step down from heaven and assume the body of a man to be worshiped or to rule on Earth. Once Jesus started his earthly ministry, he was on a specific mission to preach the gospel of salvation and to redeem mankind from the curse of sin and death.
Jesus knew what his mission was. He told others he would be condemned to death, despite being innocent of any crime and guilty of no sin, but that after three days he would rise again from the dead.
Is the resurrection important?
Even if the son of God was raised from the dead, so what? How does that affect you and me?
That is a very important question, and the answer the best news mankind could ever have. It reveals God’s heart for his creation and how he has defeated mankind’s greatest enemies, sin and death.
The evidence for the resurrection
The bible contains so much incontrovertible evidence, one cannot simply ignore it without showing a strong aversion or bias. The numerous preserved ancient manuscripts available today, provide eyewitness accounts and other compelling evidence for the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, but is this strong evidence of any use?
Questions for further study
Read Acts 17:30-31
Q. What is ‘the day’ spoken of here?
- What does God command in the verse (v30)?
- What is the carrot given here?
- What is the stick?
Read Acts 17:32-34
After the Apostle Paul preached on the resurrection of Jesus, there were three different responses.
Q. Why is the idea of resurrecting from the dead so difficult to accept?
Q. How do these three responses correspond to how people might react to a resurrection message today? Is there any difference?
Q. Why is it important for people to believe in the resurrection of Jesus? (1 Cor 15:13-17)
Sermon Title: Faith and the Resurrection
Bible Reading: Mark 16
Preacher: Brian Dickson
Worship Leader: Richard Sills