Thursday, August 31, 2017
Chapter of Study: 1 Corinthians 15-16
We concluded our study of 1 Corinthians with Chapters 15 and 16, in which St. Paul outlines and reminds the Corinthian Church of the essential elements of the Gospel, the gravity of the truth held within it, and our constant need as Christians to examine our faith and service unto the Lord.
We held St. Paul’s emphasis on the validity of Christ’s resurrection in high regard, since without it, our faith would ultimately prove to be meaningless. It is for this reason that we recognized the imperativeness of being prepared for Christ’s Second Coming at all times; that we do not receive a second chance at life, we should seek to execute the Lord’s will at all times, and humbly seek repentance when we fall short of doing so.
An area of life in which we discussed hopes of experiencing more victory in Christ is that of everyday witness among friends, family, and neighbor. We also openly discussed the topic of death and what we are most anxious for about heaven. Seeing Christ, lost loved ones (in addition to St. Paul!), and experiencing love in its purest form were among the responses shared by our group.
Our primary inferences on 1 Corinthians were to be prepared to suffer for the Gospel as depicted in Christ’s own life, to adhere to St. Paul’s guidelines on achieving orderly worship, and to increase our personal efforts of service unto the Lord within our own church and communities. Noteworthy mention in areas of service go to our group member Maurice Lahham, who had prepared for and recently assumed the role of a deacon within our church. May God continue to bless and work through you, Maurice!
3. For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures. – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
14. And if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:14
21.For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; 22for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:21-22
58. Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58
21. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. 22Let anyone be accursed who has no love for the Lord. Our Lord, come! – 1 Corinthians 16:21-22