Today is Monday, November 19th, 2018. In our world where Google maps can tell you five plus ways to get to your destination, Paul’s specific words about the one way that eternal life was and is secured sounds exclusive at best. In this section of Scripture, Paul reminds us of an essential truth of the Gospel. Jesus paved the way to bury sins in the grave, he rose to a new life, and he demonstrated the reality of new life to many witnesses. I pray that each of us have the courage to follow the pattern Jesus set out for us, today!
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (In large group)
[1 Corinthians 15:1-11]
1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main
_ Paul reminds us of his main point in verse one - the gospel he preached. What three actions did the good news prompt in his audience from verse 1 and 2?
_ What was of first importance in Paul’s message? (v 3&4)
_ How many witnesses did Jesus appear to following his death and resurrection?
_ Why are the number of witnesses important?
_ Why might the fact that many of them are still alive be important? (v 6)
_ Why does Paul call himself “one untimely born” in verse 8?
_ What else does Paul say about himself in verse 9? Why does he feel this way?
Recount this story and revel in God’s transformative power in Paul.
How has he shown that power in your life recently?
_ How does Paul recount his own story? To whom does he give credit? (v 10)
_ For what reason does Paul work? One answer in verse 10 and one in verse 11
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)