Don’t Hold Back

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Message Notes:

Title: Don’t Hold Back

Summary: Stand firm in your faith and abound in God’s work because you have a glorious future!

Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

Outline:

When life is hard and the threat of death is real, where can we find hope?
We enjoy three realities because Christ arose (1 Corinthians 15:50-57)
  • We will be TRANSFORMED (15:50-53)
  • We will enjoy a GREAT VICTORY (15:54-56)
  • We will be GRATEFUL for Jesus’ SACRIFICE (15:57)
How then shall we live? (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Discussion Guide:

CONNECTING:

We think a lot about our bodies. As a teen, what did you like least about your body? What did you do to try to change it? As an older person, what do you fear about your changing body?

Why do Christians believe the resurrection of Christ is true? Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. What are the evidences Paul gives for believing in the gospel message?

UNDERSTANDING:

Read 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. What does “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed” mean (15:51)? Why must our bodies be changed? What is the significance of the events discussed in 15:50-53? Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. What happens at Christ’s coming?

In 1 Corinthians 15:54-56, why does Paul quote from Isaiah (25:8) and Hosea (13:14) to make his point? What is the relationship between sin, death, the “law” and Christ’s victory?  

Why is sin the “sting of death” and how is “Law” the “power of sin” (15:56)? How has God given us victory over sin, death and the power of the law (15:57)?

LIVING:

Of the three realities Randy pointed out in 15:50-57, which one is most meaningful to you and why? Does 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 mean we shouldn’t grieve when someone we love is hurt or passes away? Why or why not?

Are you afraid of dying? How did this study give you a new perspective on death and dying?

Assignment: Talk with your family or LIFE Group. Knowing the promises of Scripture regarding your own resurrection and resurrection body, how does 1 Corinthians 15:58 affect your attitudes and actions? In what way will you “abound in the work of the Lord” this week?

Take a few minutes to pray for someone you know who is going through a battle with cancer right now. Pray also that the Hope Baskets we gave to cancer patients will be used to bring Christ’s love to the people who received them.