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Session 30

Why does an empty tomb matter?

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:12-32

Miracles can be one of the difficult parts of Scripture to believe. The supernatural is rare, at times confusing, and by our understanding…impossible. In Christianity, one miracle stands above the rest — Jesus’ resurrection.   

Religious leaders of the day threatened Jesus before His death. He answered by saying, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days” (John 2:19). Jesus predicted His death and resurrection, and everything went exactly as He said. Then, Jesus spent 40 days with the disciples, traveling and teaching (Acts 1:1-10). He died a public death, and celebrated a public resurrection.

The resurrection is the linchpin of Christianity, and sets it apart from every other religion in history. No other religion has an empty tomb, because no other religious leader came back from the dead.

Jesus'  resurrection made a way for us to overcome sin.

Through Jesus’ resurrection, we receive forgiveness from and power over sin we would not otherwise have (1 Corinthians 15:16-19). Jesus’ resurrection was more than a power play by the one, true God. It made a way for us to overcome sin. “For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).

When we believe that Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead, we are saved (Romans 10:9). Sin and death are no longer our master. Rather, our lives are ruled by the grace demonstrated by Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.

When everything in life seems to be out of our control, we can rest in the fact that Jesus had the ultimate victory.  We take confidence in the fact that, through Him, we will have victory as well.

Reflect:

  • Do you believe in miracles? Why or why not?
  • What’s one way you’ve experienced freedom since you started following Jesus?
  • Have you ever asked Jesus into your life? Learn more about salvation here.

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Do we all have spiritual gifts?

Do we all have spiritual gifts?

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2

What it means to be united

What it means to be united

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3

The one time boasting is OK

The one time boasting is OK

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4

What happens when the church comes together

What happens when the church comes together

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5

The church is bigger than a building

The church is bigger than a building

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6

What your silent judgment says about you

What your silent judgment says about you

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7

Do you do what you say you believe?

Do you do what you say you believe?

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8

What happens when sin goes unaddressed

What happens when sin goes unaddressed

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9

How to know when popular opinion is wrong

How to know when popular opinion is wrong

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10

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should

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11

Sex…It’s not about me

Sex…It’s not about me

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12

God, please save my spouse

God, please save my spouse

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13

Change how you see instead of what you see

Change how you see instead of what you see

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14

Don’t tie the knot until

Don’t tie the knot until

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15

Why can’t I do what I want?

Why can’t I do what I want?

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16

Why give time and money to the church?

Why give time and money to the church?

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17

Do I have anything to offer?

Do I have anything to offer?

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18

Are you training to win?

Are you training to win?

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19

Where to turn when life is more than you can bear

Where to turn when life is more than you can bear

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20

What are you going to chase today?

What are you going to chase today?

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21

The greatest responsiblity we have as Christians

The greatest responsiblity we have as Christians

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22

Why submit to my husband?

Why submit to my husband?

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23

Why searching your heart is a helpful practice for every day

Why searching your heart is a helpful practice for every day

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24

You were made for this

You were made for this

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25

Does church even need me?

Does church even need me?

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26

Are you serving with the right motivation?

Are you serving with the right motivation?

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27

How to go from good to better to best

How to go from good to better to best

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28

Does structure limit the Holy Spirit?

Does structure limit the Holy Spirit?

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29

Are you going through the motions?

Are you going through the motions?

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30

Why does an empty tomb matter?

Why does an empty tomb matter?

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31

You are who you hang around

You are who you hang around

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32

How to embrace the unknown

How to embrace the unknown

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33

You don’t need to fear death

You don’t need to fear death

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34

How can I make a difference in the world?

How can I make a difference in the world?

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