1 Corinthians 15

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“Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man.” (1 Corinthians 15:49 NLT).

August 24, 2018

People today spend a great deal of money and effort on extending the youthful appearance of their bodies. Yet inevitably, our earthly bodies will age and die. This is the inheritance that we received from our father, Adam, the “earthly man.” However, those who have been born again in Christ have received a new inheritance. They have been given the Holy Spirit as a “guarantee” (Eph. 1:14) that they will also receive a new body when the dead in Christ rise at His return. This new body will be like the one that belongs to the “heavenly man,” who is Christ Jesus. He is the “firstborn from among the dead” (Col. 1:18), the prototype of our future resurrection body.

What will our future body be like? It will be like the resurrection body of Jesus. As the apostle John wrote, “Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is” (1 John 3:2).

“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:22 ESV)

August 23, 2016

We are all children of Adam and as such, subject to the wages of sin, which is death. Yet, God has sent Christ, who is like a second Adam, that we might be born again becoming the righteous children of God and receiving eternal life. Just as Adam’s death pointed to our own, so Christ’s resurrection points to our own future resurrection. Christ is the prototype, the “firstborn among many brothers” (Rom. 8:29). Since Christ is raised, so we who believe will be raised.

“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4 NKJV)

August 23, 2015

Paul made it clear to the Corinthians that the gospel he “delivered” to them was the same one that he had “received.” This is the gospel by which he was saved and by which they too would be saved, if only they would believe. This gospel is good news. It has certain particular facts that are well documented with a list of eye-witnesses. Paul is like a newspaper boy, he didn’t write the news, nor make the news, he is just the one who delivers it. And he delivers it whole and unchanged just as he received it. This is our task today. First, to receive the gospel ourselves and then, to deliver it to others, just as Paul did.

The Resurrection Is Fulfilled At Christ’s Return

April 26, 2015 | 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 | easter, exposition, gospel

Pastor Gary Combs concluded this 4-week sermon series on the resurrection with this message from 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. In this message, Pastor Gary taught how the apostle Paul closed out the 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians like a great three movement symphony with a great cresendo! Paul declared to the believers in Corinth how they should live in response to the fulfillment of the resurrection at the time of Christ’s return. We can hear and follow these instructions on how to live and “be” in view of Christ’s return. The text gives us three ways to “be” in view of Christ’s return.

The Resurrection Is a Physical Reality

April 19, 2015 | 1 Corinthians 15:35-49 | easter, exposition, gospel

Pastor Gary Combs continues the sermon series “Rise Again – Come Again” with this third message from 1 Corinthians 15 about the nature of the resurrection body that believers will one day receive. Do you have questions about the nature of the body that will be raised upon Christ’s return? Do you wonder what happens to the body of the one who is lost at sea, dismembered in an explosion or cremated? How can God raise such a one? What about the infant or child who dies, will they receive a child’s body or an adult one? What about the deaf, the blind, the mentally handicapped? What kind of body will they receive? The Bible says, that believers get a body like Christ’s!

The Resurrection is Historical Fact

April 12, 2015 | 1 Corinthians 15:12-34 | exposition, gospel, easter

In this second sermon in our “Rise Again, Come Again” series, Pastor Gary helps us see the implications of the historical fact of the resurrection of Christ. Because of Christ’s resurrection, we have have real hope in Christ, we can experience the total victory of Christ, and we can experience Christ’s purpose for our life.

The Resurrection is Good News

April 5, 2015 | 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 | exposition, easter, gospel

Pastor Gary Combs began a 4-week series entitled “Rise Again-Come Again: An Exposition of 1 Corinthians 15,” with this sermon from the first 11 verses of the chapter. In the this letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul described the details of the resurrection as being key to the gospel, the good news. And went on to establish its veracity by listing the eyewitnesses who had seen the risen Lord. What do we do with good news? We decide whether it is to be believed or not. Yet, this decision determines our destiny.

“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless” (1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT)

August 24, 2014

Be strong, immovable, always work with enthusiasm for the Lord. Why? Because of the resurrection and because whatever you plant in faith will grow and produce a harvest. The promise of eternal life should make us fearless in our focus. It should make us immovable (persistently firm and unswerving) in our commitment. Do you ever feel that your work for God is insignificant? That your faith is useless? Remember what Christ gave for you and that when He returns, you will rise to His trumpet’s call. Nothing you do for Him is useless, even the giving of your very life. No good thing is forgotten or wasted that we do in His Name.

The Gospel is Good News, not Good Advice

March 31, 2013 | 1 Corinthians 15:1-22 | gospel, easter

Pastor Gary Combs begins a new 4-week sermon series on Easter weekend entitled Evangelium: What the Gospel Is… And What It Isn’t. This message is taken from 1 Corinthians 15 and and discusses the importance of recognizing that the gospel is the good news about Christ’s resurrection for us to believe, not advice for us to follow. The gospel is about what Christ has already done, not what we need to do.

Time to Celebrate

November 25, 2012 | 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 | discipleship

Pastor Gary Combs concludes the “Time to Thrive” series with this message from 1 Corinthians. The apostle Paul told the Corinthians that Christ’s victory over sin and death meant that they could live life to the full, knowing and celebrating that this victory was already theirs. And that everything they did for Christ would matter for eternity. Celebrating this victory that Christ has won, we can live life to the full, we can do more than just survive, we can thrive.