Happy Tuesday! Have you ever been told a sequence of events and you later forgot some of the key details? Have you ever had the key details, but only focused on the things that concerned you? Well today in 1 Corinthians chapter fifteen, Paul begins to explain the important details and calls the Corinthian church into remembrance. Join me as we begin 1 Corinthians chapter 15.
“Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters,[a] of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. 2 It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.[b]
3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. 5 He was seen by Peter[c] and then by the Twelve. 6 After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers[d] at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him. 9 For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church.” – 1 Corinthians 15:1-9 NLT
Earlier in our reading of 1 Corinthians 2:1-2, Paul reminded the Corinthian church about the first time he went to them and preached Jesus Christ, crucified. Now Paul is addressing them because the Corinthian church had began to stir away from the teaching on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul’s dilemma with the church reminds me of the parable of the sower – where good seed fell. Some of the seed took root while other seed fell on and was quickly eaten/taken away, rocks and were unable to take root (Matthew 13:1-23). In the same way the words from Paul to the church fell in various place. Therefore, Paul was back to replant the words he once spoke to them about the Good News (Jesus Christ Crucified, Resurrected and Salvation for all who believe).
Sisters and brothers maybe you are at a place like the Corinthian church where you have been believing, but not walking in that belief. Maybe you have been distracted by the world, life situations and disappointments in others or even the church. Maybe the enemy is trying to setup camp in your mind not allowing you to seek God’s answers. May I challenge you to:
- Go to God with all of it and pray about it.
- After you take it/those things to God, may I challenge you to share your thoughts with a faithful, committed believer who will pray with you and help you walk through this time in your life.
- Start attending church, a bible study or get involved with a local Bible teaching and believing church where you can grow in your faith amongst a body of believers.
For those who are nonbelievers who want to experience the fullness of the Good News or for believers who have strayed away and desire to be in personal relationship with Christ again, I want to give you the opportunity to commit or recommit your life to Christ. Are you ready?
Today, if you are ready to live a life of hope, I want to invite you to receive Jesus Christ into your heart as your Lord and Savior, and your eternal hope.
The Bible says, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NLT
If you believe this, pray with me:
“Father God, thank you for your testimony. Thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ to save us. Lord, we confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts that Jesus Christ is your son, and that he died on the cross so that we will be forgiven and have eternal life. Father God, we believe Jesus rose from the dead and we ask you to come into our lives to be our Lord and Savior. Father God, we repent of our sins and because your word is true we confess that we are born again believers and cleansed by the blood of Jesus.” Amen.
If this is the first time you prayed this prayer, I want to welcome you to the family of God. I encourage you to get involved in your local Bible believing and teaching church to surround yourself with a healthy body of Christian believers. Also, send me an email so that a member of my team or I can connect with you.
Father God, thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ to save us. Thank you for your love toward us even on the days that we are so far from you. Lord, thank you for seeking us out and coming to find us in the depths of our sin, pain and shame. When no one else could deliver us, oh Lord, you did and in a mighty way. Lord, your ways, we may not be able to understand, but Lord we trust your goodness toward us. Lord, even in the midst of trials, grief, depression and fear we desire to trust you with our whole life. Lord, forgive us for the times when we threw up our hands in defeat. Lord, help us to remember your faithfulness. Lord, help us to remember that you came for us. Lord, direct our steps and align our will to yours. Lord, your word says that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. Lord, we believe your word, have your way within us and lead us into the victory lap. In Jesus name, amen.
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