The Apostle Paul was first the zealous Pharisee Saul out to destroy Christianity. After Jesus appeared to Saul, his life and purpose changed. He became the Apostle Paul to the Gentiles. Have you seen Jesus with the eyes of Faith? He will change your life.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ was not a made up story. It actually happened at a real time in history. Eye Witnesses say Jesus on several different occasions after His resurrection. Many of these eye witnesses were willing to die for their faith in their risen Lord and Savior. The resurrection makes all the difference.
The Christian faith is passed on from one person to another. The faith is revealed in God’s Word. The two key parts are Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. There isn’t anything more important for us to pass onto others
1 Corinthians 15 is the resurrection chapter from Paul. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the essential Good News of the Christian faith. The faith stands upon Jesus’ victory over sin and death that the resurrection reveals. Christ is risen. That’s Good News!
Paul tells us that worship should be meaningful and understandable. It should help build people up in faith. The order, the type of music, liturgy or no liturgy are independent or local decisions. What matters is that God is worshipped by His people.
Why do we do the things that we do in worship? If we are only doing them for personal benefit, not to clearly communicate God’s Word and give Him glory, our focus maybe off. We always need to consider the person who doesn’t know Christ and try to speak in a way that also speaks to him or her.
The Christians in Corinth were divided over the importance of speaking in tongues. Paul says this is primarily a private gift. Speaking a few words clearly for God is far more important than many hard to understand words.
The Christian message should be clear and understandable. Speaking in different languages doesn’t help those who don’t know the language. Using theological language with people who don’t know the meaning of the words won’t do them any good. So we need to think before we speak to make sure the header is able to understand what we are saying.
This chapter is about Spiritual Gifts. Paul makes it clear that gifts are given for the Good of all, not just for one’s self. Cleary communicating God’s Word helps everyone. Speaking in ways they don’t understand doesn’t help the listeners. God wants us to use our gifts for the good of all.
Love should be our highest goal, the love that we give. A second goal is to be able to speak clearly for God, to communicate His Word to the people around us. That make our combined goal to be able to speak God’s truth in love.