1 Corinthians 15:12-34 - The Resurrection of the Dead

1. What false teaching was being spread among the Corinthians (Verse 12)?

2. In this chapter, Paul argues the issue of the resurrection from many angles and presents his arguments several times over. Why?

3. Summarize the seven “if-thens” in Verses 12 to 19 from first to last. (Some are repeated; there are actually just three of them.)

4. Let’s look at Paul’s “if-then” statements in a positive way: IF Christ was raised from the dead, THEN, what are the implications of this?

5. In Verse 19, why does Paul say that believers should be pitied if Christianity only had earthly value? What is the implication of this today?

6. What are “firstfruits” (Verses 20, 23)? Why does Paul make the analogy of Christ with firstfruits? (Leviticus 23:10-20)

7. Paul’s thoughts in Verses 20-28 about Adam and Christ are also expressed in Romans 5:12-20 in a slightly different way. How would you summarize these verses?

8. What does Paul mean in Verses 31-32 when he says, “I die every day” and “I fought wild beasts?” Have you ever felt like this? Have you ever felt that life is futile?

9. Paul cites a reference from Isaiah in Verse 32 and what looks like a proverb in Verse 33 but is actually a quote from the Greek poet Menander. What is his point? Does this apply today?

10. When you are with people who doubt or deny the resurrection, who before a meal say “bon appetite’ rather than grace, who are morally good people but not Christians, who are ignorant of God (vs 34), how do you behave?
A. Don’t make waves, talk about non-controversial subjects.
B. Tell them that they are going to hell in a handbasket.
C. Tell them about God’s love.
D. Excuse yourself and find another group.
E. Something else __________________________________________________

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