1 Corinthians 15:1-34 Questions by Stephen Ricker
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The Power of Resurrection
Questions for Study 11

1 Corinthians 15:1-34
Memory Verse: 24


I. The Gospel of the Resurrection (15:1-11)

1. Why hold firmly to the gospel? (1-2, 12, 33, 35) What does it mean to hold firmly to the gospel? (Rom. 6:5,6,11,12; and 1 Cor. 15:31a; Phil. 3:10-14; Heb. 10:22) What is sin? (3; Gen. 3:6; and 1 Sam. 15:23; Rom. 3:12a, 23) What are it's consequences? (Gen. 4:13-14; Rom. 5:12, 19a, 2:6-8, 6:23a; Heb. 9:27; and 2 Cor. 5:10; James 1:15; Rev. 21:8) How does Jesus' death bring salvation? (John 1:29; Rom. 5:19, 6:23b; and 1 Peter 2:24) Why can only Jesus' blood cleanse sins? (Gal. 3:13; Matt. 26:28; Rom. 3:25; Heb. 9:22; and 1 Peter 1:18-19)

2. How does Jesus' resurrection demonstrate the power of God? (4; Rom. 1:4, 16; Acts 2:24; and 1 Cor. 6:14; Heb. 2:14-15) How is it our hope? (1 Cor. 15:20, 51-54; 1 Peter 1:3,4; John 5:24, 11:25,26) What is the significance of "according to the scriptures" in regards to God's faithfulness? (Acts 3:18,22; Rom. 3:21, 4:21; John 3:16)

3. Who are the resurrection witnesses mentioned here? (5-7) Why give an account of the resurrection witnesses? How did meeting the risen Jesus change them? How does Paul mention himself? Why did he include himself among the resurrection witnesses?

II. The Necessity of the Resurrection (15:12-19)

4. What kind of people say that there is no resurrection? Why? How does Paul prove their claim false? (13) What would be some of the logical consequences if their argument was true? (14-19)

5. Why is the Christian's faith useless if Christ had not been raised? How does the resurrection of Jesus demonstrate God's existence? How does Jesus' resurrection solve man's sin problem?

III. The Consequences of Jesus' Resurrection (15:20-28)

6. What is the significance of Paul's declaration, "Christ has indeed been raised"? What does it mean that he is the firstfruits? What is the significance of the order of the resurrection? (23-24; and 1 Thes. 4:13-18)

7. How did death (spiritual death) come into human history? (21-22) How did the resurrection of the dead to enter human history? (Rom. 5:12-21) What will the risen Jesus do in the process of destroying all his enemies? (25; Ps. 110:1)

8. How does Jesus' resurrection foreshadow the final victory he will have at the end of time? (24; Is. 2:2-4; Mic. 4:1-5) What will be the victorious climax and consummation of the resurrection?

IV. Because of Resurrection I Die Every Day (15:29-34)

9. What practical effect did resurrection faith have on the lives of Paul and the first Christians? What does this teach us about how Christians who believe in the resurrection ought to live? What did Paul mean by, "I die every day"?

10. How did resurrection faith answer and defeat the decadent and hedonistic ideas that prevailed in Paul's day? (32b) Who does Paul mean by "bad company"? How could the Corinthian Christians come to their senses and avoid being contaminated by bad company?