Growth Group Weekly Bible Study – 4.16.17
Theme: If Christ be not Raised? – “Then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty…you are still in your sins.”
Warm-Up Questions: When did you find out something you believed was not true? What is it about your favorite fairy tale character that is so special?
Observation and Interpretation Questions:
Read I Corinthians 15:1-11
- Why does Paul write to the Corinthians about the Gospel (verses 1-2)?
- What do you hear in how Paul presents the initial details about Jesus (verses 3-4)?
- How do the various post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus work together to validate
the claims of Jesus’ bodily return from the dead (verses 5-7)?
- Why do you think Paul makes a special point of his own encounter (verses 8-9)?
- What do you hear in Paul’s closing thoughts about himself and the others (verses 10-11)?
Read I Corinthians 15:12-19
- What is Paul’s opening argument concerning the resurrection (verses 12-13)?
- Why do you think Paul says that our faith would be empty (verse 14)?
- How would you state Paul’s next point in your own words (verse 15)?
- What might Paul be suggesting by this next proposition (verses 16-17)?
- What effect does Paul’s next point have on the whole argument (verse 18)?
- What do you think Paul means by being pitied more than anyone (verse 19)?
Read I Corinthians 15:20-26
- What do you notice in the shift to a confident tone in what Paul writes (verse 20)?
- Why does Paul use both Adam and Christ to make his point (verses 21-22)?
- How might the order Paul states be so significant and hopeful (verses 23-26)?
- What of all you have learned about the resurrection is most helpful to you?
- When might you share this exciting aspect of your faith with someone this week?
Father, thank You that Jesus was raised from the dead by Your mighty power. And that it is the factual basis on which rests our own hope of a resurrected life in eternity with You.
Talk and Pray
Talk with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives this week, using the questions on the back.
Pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.