Easter: Hope, The Gospel & Christ’s Resurrection
April 8, 2012 Speaker: Brent Small
Topic: Resurrection Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:1–15:8
In this sermon podcast on First Corinthians 15:1-8, Pastor Brent offers the only true hope in this world, the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Easter Sunday is a glorious day for every local church. Unlike any other Lord’s Day, believers gather in the local church to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the very event that secures the hope of the gospel. In the day and age in which we live, it is the hope of the gospel that offers a real, true everlasting hope.
We live in a day and age when the things that our American Culture offer us as hope have all but faded into the desert sunset. Job security has vanished like a house built on sand. The financial power of home ownership is riddled like a body struck with cancer. The anticipation of a long and financially secure retirement has evaporated like the dew on a warm summer morning. The children of our generation will face moral and ethical challenges that have never been faced in our country’s history. Men and women search in a pool of false belief systems looking for hoping to appease their guilty consciences. In all of these cases, we find nothing to anchor our future hope.
But, like the bright morning sun gleaming off of a new winter’s snow, the gospel of Jesus Christ offers true hope. The gospel offers hope of forgiveness, redemption and new everlasting life with God in heaven forever and ever. The gospel offers hope of life beyond this life that is secured by the divinely powerful event of Jesus’ resurrection. Having resurrected, Jesus secures the hope of the gospel. Without His resurrection, the Christian faith and hope loses all of its power and is believed on in vain.
In 1 Corinthians 15, the Apostle Paul writes to the Corinthian church to affirm and secure the hope of the gospel as secured by Christ’s resurrection. Some in the church were trying to steal the hope of the gospel from them by saying that there was no resurrection. Beginning in chapter 15, Paul solidifies the Corinthians hope by offering several convincing proofs of Christ’s resurrection. In this message, Pastor Brent affirms to believers and offers the hope of the gospel to unbelievers by revealing “3” convincing proofs of the resurrection of Christ.