Rock Harbor Christian Fellowship
Of First Importance - 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
How can we find hope throughout the book of Samuel? Find out this morning!
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  • Rock Harbor Christian Fellowship
    1475 Quintana Rd, Morro Bay, CA 93442, USA
    Sunday 8:30 AM, Sunday 10:00 AM
Big Idea: The resurrection is of first importance because it answers life’s biggest questions and resolves life’s biggest problems.
I. An Essential Reminder (vv. 1-2)
A. Paul reminds the church of the most important message: the Gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ. Christianity teaches many doctrines, but at the heart of it all is the Gospel (cf. Jn. 3:16). It is through this good news that we:
1. Take our stand – The Gospel is a message of life and victory over evil and death (cf. 1 Cor. 15:54-55).
2. Are saved – From spiritual death. The good news is so good because the bad news is so bad (cf. 1 Cor. 15:16-20).
B. Paul’s point is that the resurrection is essential to the Gospel and without it, there is no salvation and no hope.
II. An Essential Message (vv. 3-4)
A. From the very beginning, the church has prioritized the Good News of the resurrection of Jesus Christ (cf. Acts 2:22-24; 4:10- 12; 13:28-38; 17:30-31 et al.).
1. Jesus died for our sins – Jesus bore in Himself God’s wrath against sin (v. 3, cf. Isa 53:4-6).
2. Jesus was buried (v. 4) – This affirms that he physically died.
3. Jesus was raised on the third day (v. 4) – The resurrection vindicates Jesus’s claims as Savior and Lord and serves as a “receipt” that God accepted Christ’s payment for our sins.
III. The Essential Evidence (vv. 5-11)
A. Paul confirms the historical nature of the resurrection by pointing to the eyewitness evidence of:
1. Peter and the rest of the Apostles.
2. Over 500 witnesses at one time.
3. Jesus’s half-brother James.
4. Paul’s encounter with the risen Lord.
B. Our hope in Christ does not rest on blind faith, but a faith anchored on the solid ground of historical evidence.

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