Read Greg Laughery's 2006 Easter Sermon
Easter Sermon, Huemoz Chapel 2006
Dr Gregory J Laughery
I. Introduction 1:1-9
II. Paul Responds to Reports 1:10-6:20
III. Paul Responds to the Corinthian Letter 7:1-16:12
How do you understand the gospel? What do you think it is and why? Have you received and taken your stand on the same gospel that Paul preached to the Corinthians?
What difference does Christ's historical bodily resurrection make when it comes to making truth claims? How should, could the resurrection affect your community with God, and the way you communicate this?
Does Christ's resurrection play a role in your daily life? If so, how? If not, why not? Where, if at all, are there integration points between Christ being raised and you living a life of faith?
What, if anything, does the kingdom (rule) of God have to do with the resurrection of Christ? Does Christ's resurrection and your being a Christian have a context? If so, what is it? If not, would you see the resurrection or your faith as standing on its own? What context, if there is one, might offer us the possibility of seeing the kingdom of God, the resurrection, and our following Christ as related, yet distinct?
III. Paul Responds to the Corinthian letter 7:1-16:12
v) The Resurrection.
i) 15: 1-58
While it is impossible to cover all the wonderful detail in this chapter this morning, I want to present its general direction. Please open your Bibles to 1 Corinthians 15. In chapter 15, Paul will turn to the central issue of the resurrection. The question of what it means to be spiritual people, to be followers of Christ, remains pertinent for this chapter. The most helpful way of approaching this text is to break it down into smaller units. There are three major sections: first, verses 1-11; second, verses 12-34; and third, verses 35-58. Within these sections, there are also some smaller units which I will point out as we go along.
A major question that captures our attention here is the resurrection. How had some of the Corinthians begun to assume and act as if there was no resurrection of the dead as verse 12 points out? How had some drifted into such a fundamental misunderstanding of what had been so central to their faith?