How does Jesus’ resurrection open a whole new reality of hope and purpose? Watch the featured video, reflect on some questions, and go deeper into study on your own or with a group. If you're participating in our reading plan One Story that Leads to Jesus, this Reflections Bible Study lines up with week 44.
Once you've watched the featured video, take time to reflect on these questions.
What five problems does Paul’s letter define for the church in Corinth? (Video 00:38-7:57)
What five responses does Paul offer to address the problems in the Corinthian church? (Video 1:44-7:57)
How would you summarize Paul’s reaction to the idea that Jesus’ resurrection did not happen or matter? (Video 7:02-7:55 or read 1 Corinthians 15:12-19)
Paul writes to the church in Corinth to address some big problems: division, sexual misconduct, confusion about food and worship practices, and controversy surrounding Jesus’ resurrection. Paul says these issues can be resolved because Jesus is alive. But how does Jesus’ resurrection relate to people’s daily life choices? Jesus teaches non-violence, unity, and self-giving love, but if his life ended with a brutal execution, who is to say he’s right and worth following? The fact that Jesus is alive proves that his selfless way is better—not even death can shut it down. Self-centered practices damage the community, but Jesus’ life gives people real reasons for unity and sexual integrity and the power to love others. His resurrection tells his followers that they too have an abundant future beyond death. This is just the beginning—his life opens a view to a whole new reality. The promise of new life, new bodies, a new Heaven, and a new Earth gives us a new way of seeing every aspect of daily life with hope and purpose.
1 Corinthians 15 quotes the scroll of Isaiah, an ancient text that is also alluded to in John’s Revelation. After observing each passage, what do these texts have in common?
What does God promise to do in each passage?
Review 1 Corinthians 15:58 in light of these promises. How do God’s promises help a follower of Jesus understand that a life lived in unity, integrity, and love is purposeful?
Let’s take time now to thank God while we acknowledge where we need help, responding to the hope of his resurrection and promises.