Cross Words: Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-11)
Topic: Sermons Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:1–15:11
Well, we’re just over a week away from Easter. Who are you praying for? Have you had a chance to invite them yet? Are you praying for that opportunity? Let’s do this together. And let’s pray that Easter is a special time in the life of our church.
This week is Palm Sunday and it’s fitting that we’ll be moving from the controversial to the ‘basic.’ When I say ‘basic’ I mean the fundamental truths of the faith. What the Apostle Paul calls “of first importance.” It’s clear that he thinks one of the main reasons the church in Corinth has seen so much controversy, so much division, so much idolatry, and so much selfishness … is that they’ve forgotten the ‘basics’ of the faith. And so he sets out to remind them in our text for this week, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 … and as I’ve entitled this series “Cross Words,” our key word for this week is “Gospel.”
Throughout this series, Paul has tried to refocus the Corinthian Church on Jesus, and now that we’re nearing the end of the book (only two chapters left), he doubles down on the ‘gospel basics.’ Essentially, by presenting these ‘gospel basics,’ he’s challenging the faith of these Christians. This is what’s most important! Do you really believe this? Is it making a difference in your life? Or are you just giving it lip-service?
And that’s the same challenge for us. It’s easy to forget the basics and look for the next, new thing. It’s easy to forget Christ and focus on ourselves. This week is a great time to be reminded why the “gospel basics” are so important. So let’s pray and prepare this week that we would be reminded of these great truths and have our faith renewed in the ‘basics of the gospel.’ Hope to see you there this Palm Sunday, Dr. Dave