Studies in the Book of 1st Corinthians God’s Wisdom to a Dysfunctional Church



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I. The Resurrection of Christ

The fact –

The meaning –

II. The Physical Death We All Face

The fact –

The meaning –

Death is not a ________________ occurrence, it is a ____________ one.




III. How Should a Christian Face Death?

Realize the meaning of it in the teaching of the Scriptures.


Trust and believe in the promises of God.


What will your witness/testimony be to others in the way you face death?


New Covenant Presbyterian Church, PCA, Abingdon, MD (410) 569-0289Studies in the Book of 1st Corinthians

God’s Wisdom to a Dysfunctional Church

The Fulfillment of the Redemption Promise

1 Corinthians 15:20-28

(see also: Eph. 6:12; Phil. 3:20-21; Rev. 5:11-12; 21:1-4)

When someone says the resurrection is just a myth, tell them

a) they don’t know much about mythology.

b) there is too much evidence for it to be a myth.

c) that it is, indeed, an incredible claim and truth.

d) all of the above.

I. What is the nature of the resurrected body of Christ?

What is a denouement?


(True/False) We are curious about Jesus’ resurrected body

because our own resurrected bodies will be like his.

Jesus’ resurrected body has a new relationship

with ____________ and _______________.

Jesus’ resurrected body was not replaced

but _______________________.

Along with his resurrected body is a continuing

__________________________.



II. What are the implications of the resurrection of Christ?

What does “first fruits” mean?


The theological implication

The judicial implication


The covenantal implication.


What do you think Christ’s resurrection means for you?


New Covenant Presbyterian Church, PCA, Abingdon, MD (410) 569-0289Studies in the Book of 1st Corinthians

God’s Wisdom to a Dysfunctional Church

Living Out Our Faith

1 Corinthians 15:29-34

(see also: Ex. 3:6; Ps. 23:4; Mt. 22:32; 25:31-46; Lk. 16:19-31; 23:39-43; Jn. 8:31-32; 1 Thess. 4:13-14; Heb. 9:27; WSC #37)

All of the sudden, it appears, Paul reveals that he writes about

the resurrection of Christ because:

a) he is in a hurry and has to wrap things up.

b) he knows that some are skeptical and others are superstitious.

c) he’s been writing for a long time now and he’s tired.

34 – “I say this to your shame.”

“For some have no knowledge of God.”

“Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right,

and do not go on sinning.”

33 – Your morals [practices] have been corrupted

by bad company [teachers/influences].

30-32 – “What do I gain?” Why put myself in danger?

29 – Paul’s reason for protest: some are skeptical

of the resurrection of Christ and others are

superstitious about it.

I. Superstition about the afterlife is not new.

Ancient examples

Modern examples

II. What is the truth about the afterlife?

#1
#2

That means
That also means
That further means
Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide

#3
#4


New Covenant Presbyterian Church, PCA, Abingdon, MD (410) 569-0289Studies in the Book of 1st Corinthians

God’s Wisdom to a Dysfunctional Church

The Glories of the Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:35-44a

(see also: Gen. 2:7; Jn. 11:1-44; 14:1-3; Mt. 25:31-46; Rom. 6:23)

The return of Christ is delayed as long as it is because:

a) of divine bureaucracy (You just can’t get away from it!)

b) Jesus is still fighting all his and our enemies.

c) the church, his bride, is still not complete.



I. How are the dead raised?
Is this an inappropriate question to ask?
Why does the resurrection of a dead body seem strange?
What does the analogy of a seed tell us?


II. With what kind of body do they come? (vs. 42b-44a)

A. It is sown a natural body; it raised a spiritual body.

Will Jesus know where to find my body?
B. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.

Will my individuality be lost in the host of heaven?


C. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory.

D. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.


How do I live my life now trusting myself to my Savior

for the life to come?
New Covenant Presbyterian Church, PCA, Abingdon, MD (410) 569-0289Studies in the Book of 1st Corinthians

God’s Wisdom to a Dysfunctional Church

Bearing the Image of the Man of God

1 Corinthians 15:45-49

the Rev. Kenneth G. Smith

Studies in the Book of 1st Corinthians

God’s Wisdom to a Dysfunctional Church

A Mystery Revealed!

1 Corinthians 15:45-49 – Not Recorded

the Rev. Andrew Gretzinger

Studies in the Book of 1st Corinthians

God’s Wisdom to a Dysfunctional Church

The Tithe Extended

1 Corinthians 16:1-4

(see also: Jn. 14:15; 2 Cor. 8-9; Heb. 13:17)

What could possibly motivate you to give to the church of Christ?

a) The tax advantage you receive.

b) The influence you can wield.

c) The sure hope of the resurrection to come.



Four Essential Points Stressed Here:

I. “The collection of the saints” (vs. 1)
What is meant by “koinonia”?

II. “As I directed”
What does such instruction have to do with joyful giving?

III. “On the 1st day of every week” (vs. 2)

What is in view here?


Who is supposed to be storing the funds up?
What sets the proper amount to be expected?
IV. “Those whom you accredit” (vs. 3-4)
Is it a duty or a free, individual gesture to give to the church?

New Covenant Presbyterian Church, PCA, Abingdon, MD (410) 569-0289Studies in the Book of 1st Corinthians



God’s Wisdom to a Dysfunctional Church

The Reality of the Body of Christ

1 Corinthians 16:5-24

(see also: 1 Sam. 4; 1 Cor. 15:58)

Christianity has lost its potency in the United States because:

a) the gospel message is not as believable today.

b) people just don’t see the need for salvation.

c) there has been a growing disregard for the church.

Paul’s missionary zeal and aim was to make

a) strong Christians to be heads of homes.



b) churches that could grow strong Christians.
Paul’s closing charges (vs. 13-14):

I. Be watchful
II. Stand firm in the faith

III. Act like men

IV. Be strong

V. Let all that you do be done in love.

New Covenant Presbyterian Church, PCA, Abingdon, MD (410) 569-0289


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