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This is the third sermon in our 2019 launch series ‘Disciple Makers’ on “Disciples with Good News”. Preacher: The Rev’d David Browne. Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
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BIBLE READING: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
CONNECT: Where are the places you regularly encounter non-Christians?
What’s the best piece of news you’ve ever heard? Describe how you heard it.
Do you know anyone who shares the good news of Jesus in a way that is attractive and effective?
READ 1 Corinthians 15:1-2
The word ‘remind’ in the NIV is probably better translated as ‘make known’ or ‘declare’. In light of this what is Paul trying to do in v.1?
Why is the gospel so important for the disciples in Corinth? What are the stakes if they put their faith elsewhere?
Can Christians ever get over the gospel, or be ashamed of it? How can we avoid this?
READ 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
Imagine you have a minute to answer the question ‘What is the gospel?’ Try answering this question in one minute with the person next to you. Share your reflections about this exercise.
What has ‘first importance’ in Paul’s life and in his preaching?
Do you think Paul has a good grip on what the gospel is? Why/why not?
What evidence does Paul use here to back up his claim that Jesus died and rose again?
Read Matthew 28:1-20, Luke 24:1-12, Luke 24:28-35, Luke 24:36-49, John 20:11-18, 20:19-23, 20:24-29. What do we learn about the list of ‘Resurrected Jesus sightings’ from these passages?
What is the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection for the Christian message? Can someone share the good news of Jesus without talking about the cross?
READ 1 Corinthians 15:9-11
Who is given credit in these verses for Paul’s conversion and ministry?
Does your story intersect with God’s story? What role does your life story play in salvation history?
What does Paul’s conversion (see Acts 9) show us about God’s plan for all creation?
Does your story (testimony) have a role in the making of disciples? Why/why not?
APPLY This Week: Who is one person, on your front line, you can pray for, share the good news with, and disciple this year?
God of Good News, we thank and praise you for the gospel, the good news of Jesus death and resurrection and your promise to redeem all creation. Forgive us for letting opportunities to share the gospel slip by and help us to make disciples of Jesus for their good and your glory. Amen.
On Your Frontline This Week: Who are you praying for to become a disciple this year?
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