1 Corinthians 15 – focusing in on v58
Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
- Why is CS Lewis so insistent that the one thing Christianity cannot be, is moderately important?
- Why are you confident, Christianity has its basis in truth?
- The passage you’ve read (vv5-8) contain some of the earliest portions of the Scriptures, and could have been verified or denied by those alive at the time. How does this impact our understanding of how we can have confidence in the Bible?
Read 1 Corinthians 15: 12-19
- What are some of the challenging implications if none of what we believe about Jesus’ resurrection is true?
- Read v20 and discuss Paul’s rebuttal of the doubters claims.
Read 1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore: stand firm let nothing move you
- If Christianity is true and therefore of ultimate important, how can we ensure that we stand firm in the truth. What are some of the things Mark suggested can lead us astray? Would you add anything else (to what would cause you not to stand firm)?
- When Mark and Susan retire back here (God-willing), will you be standing firm? How can you be sure?
Therefore: give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord.
- What does Paul mean in v58, by ‘give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord’?
- Read Colossians 3:23-24. What does doing something in someone else’s name mean? What does it mean to do something in Jesus’ name? How can we do everything we do, ‘as working for the Lord not for others’?
- Mark warned that now that he is going, is not the time to slacken off! How can we ‘step up’?
Therefore: your labour in the Lord is not in vain
- Nothing we do for the Lord, and toward making and growing disciples, is ever in vain! Are you convinced? What difference might grasping this reality make?
- Share and pray together about someone in your life, who you would love to see become a disciple of Jesus. Discuss ways you might make a difference in their lives, to that great end.