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Luke 24:1-12
The Declaration - He Is Risen!
April 5, 2015
First Baptist Church
Jackson, Mississippi
USA
What’s the number one thing?
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The Glory of God!
1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink,
or whatever you do, do all to the glory
of God.
April MemoryVerse:
I Peter 1:3
3 Praise be to the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great
mercy He has given...
Friday, April 17, 2015 | 6:30 pm |
Fellowship Hall East
• Dr. Jason Lisle: Creation vs Evolution vs ID,
Apologetics, Cosmo...
Saturday: April 18, 2015 | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm |
Fellowship Hall East
• JayWatts: “Back to the Cross, Apologetics in
Service...
Saturday Lunch | 12:15 pm | Cost $10 (Purchase by
April 12)
• Dr. Jason Lisle: “Ultimate Proof of Creation”
• Mark Cahill:...
Sunday, April 19, 2015
• 9:00 & 10:30 am Worship Services – Sanctuary
• Apologetic Message – Mark Cahill: “One
Heartbeat A...
Secret Church Simulcast
Friday, April 24, 2015, 6:00 - 11:59 PM
Contact: HalWarren
Taught by Dr. David Platt,
President of...
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We have three challenges that the
Education
Department has
placed be...
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1.) Memorize the monthly memory
verses and
know each
month...
January verse: Romans 10:9
February verse: Ephesians 2:8-9
March verse: Romans 3:23
April verse: I Peter 1:3
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2.) Share your faith with one person
each month and build a rel...
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3). Ask two Sunday School class
members to share how...
Next Sunday:
Luke 24:13-35
The Promise Fulfilled
April 12, 2015
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The priest examined the lamb for
imperfections...
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What are the only three ...
What are the only three things that are
presently on this earth that are going to
Heaven?
1) All of _____ ____. Isa 40:8, ...
What are the only three things that are
presently on this earth that are going to
Heaven?
1) All of God’sWord. Isa 40:8, 1...
Isaiah 40:8 NKJV
8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.”
(also 1 Peter 1:23-25)
What are the only three things that are
presently on this earth that are going to
Heaven?
1) All of God’sWord. Isa 40:8, 1...
1 John 5:11-13 NKJV
11 And this is the testimony: that God
has given us eternal life, and this life is
in His Son. 12 He w...
13aThese things I have written to you
who believe in the name of the Son of
God, that you may know (not hope
so, not maybe...
What are the only three things that are
presently on this earth that are going to
Heaven?
1) All of God’sWord. Isa 40:8, 1...
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 NKJV
11 For no other foundation can anyone
lay than that which is laid, which is
Jesus Christ. 12 No...
13 each one’s work will become clear; for
the Day will declare it, because it will be
revealed by fire; and the fire will ...
15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer
loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as
through fire.
1 Corinthians 3:...
Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
6 But without faith it is impossible to
please Him, for he who comes to God
must believe that He is, and...
Revelation 4:10 NKJV
10 the twenty-four elders fall down
before HimWho sits on the throne
and worship HimWho lives forever...
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The greatest reward a person can ever
have is the _____...
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The greatest reward a person can ever
have is the presence of God.
Psalm 16:11 NKJV
11 You will show me the path of life;
InYour presence is fullness of joy;
AtYour right hand are pleasures...
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Yesterday is the past,
Tomorrow is the fu...
Isaiah 40:10 NKJV
10 Behold, the Lord GOD shall come
with a strong hand,
And His arm shall rule for Him;
Behold, His rewar...
Revelation 22:12 NKJV
12And behold, I am coming quickly,
and My reward is with Me, to give to
every one according to his w...
Ephesians 2:10 NKJV
10 For we are His workmanship
(poem), created in Christ Jesus for
good works, which God prepared
befor...
Luke 24:1-12 NKJV
The Declaration - He Is Risen!
Luke 24:1-12 NKJV
He Is Risen
1 Now on the first day of the week, very
early in the morning, they, and certain
other women...
2 But they found the stone rolled away
from the tomb. 3Then they went in
and did not find the body of the Lord
Jesus. 4 An...
5Then, as they were afraid and bowed
their faces to the earth, they said to
them, “Why do you seek the living
among the de...
7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be
delivered into the hands of sinful men,
and be crucified, and the third day rise
again.’...
9Then they returned from the tomb
and told all these things to the eleven
and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary
Magdalene, J...
11 And their words seemed to them like
idle tales, and they did not believe them.
12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb;
...
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In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, Paul
gives the most extensive treatment...
1 Corinthians 15:3b-9 NKJV
The Risen Christ
3b that Christ died for our sins according to
the Scriptures, 4 and that He wa...
5 and that He was seen by Cephas (Peter),
then by the twelve.6 After that He was
seen by over five hundred brethren at
onc...
8Then last of all He was seen by me also,
as by one born out of due time.
9 For I am the least of the apostles, who
am not...
COMMENTARIES CONSULTED:
• J.Vernon McGee'sThruThe Bible
• Wiersbe Expository Outlines
• Ray Stedman
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John MacArthur, Jr.
(Born June 19, 193...
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Just as the heart pumps life-giving
blood to every part of the ...
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The resurrection is the pivot on which
all of Christ...
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Without the resurrection, Christianit...
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The first two sermons preached after
Pentecost bot...
Because of that truth, the heart-
broken followers of the crucified
Rabbi were turned into the
courageous witnesses and ma...
Acts 17:6 NKJV
6 But when they did not find them
(Paul and Silas), they dragged Jason
and some brethren to the rulers of t...
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No fear or dread in this life can
quench the
hope and
joy...
True NewTestament Christianity is a
religion of the resurrection.
"Our Savior's resurrection is truly of great
importance ...
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Because it is the cornerstone of the
Gosp...
If the resurrection is eliminated, the
life-giving power of the Gospel is
eliminated, the deity of Christ is
eliminated, s...
"If we have hoped in Christ in this life
only, we are of all men most to be
pitied" (1 Corinthians 15:19).
If Christ did n...
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Wit...
"If you confess with your mouth Jesus
as Lord, and believe in your heart that
God raised Him from the dead, you
will be sa...
The doctrinal problem on which
1 Corinthians chapter 15 focuses was
not the Corinthians' disbelief in
Christ's resurrectio...
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Paul was not trying to convince them
that Christ rose from the dead but...
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To lay the foundation ...
The five evidences, Paul presents are:
1) the church (v1-2);
2) the Scriptures (v3-4);
3) the eyewitnesses (v5-7);
4) a sp...
1 Corinthians 15:1-2
TheTestimony of the Church
1 Corinthians 15:1-2 NKJV
The Risen Christ, Faith’s Reality
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you
the Gospel which I prea...
2 by which also you are saved, if you
hold fast that word which I preached
to you—unless you believed in vain.
1 Corinthia...
Because of the reality of Christ's
resurrection and of their trust in it,
they were now a part of His church
and thereby w...
Obedience and continuous
faithfulness mark the redeemed.
The endurance and growth of the
church of Jesus Christ for over 2...
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His church and HisWord have
survived skepticism, persecution,
h...
Critics have denounced the resurrection as
a hoax and fabrication, but have never
explained the power of such a fabricatio...
His living church is evidence that
Christ Himself is alive; and He could
be alive only if He had been raised
from the dead.
He Lives
I serve a risen Savior
He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say.
I see His hand of...
He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me
and talks with me
along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He liv...
In the Garden
Written by a pharmacist,
C. Austin Miles (1868–1946)
I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on t...
And He walks with me,
And He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry
there,
None oth...
“A crucified Messiah would have been
no Messiah at all. He was One
rejected by Judaism and accursed of
God. It was the res...
Romans 1:3-4 NKJV
3 His Son Jesus Christ our Lord,Who
was born of the seed of David
according to the flesh,4 and declared
...
Matthew 27:54 NKJV
54 So when the centurion and those with
him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the
earthquake and the things...
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A follower of Buddha writes of his
religious leader, "When B...
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Mohammad died at Medina on June 8,
632, at the age of 61,
and his...
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But they come to mourn his death,
not to celebrate his resurrection.
Franklin Graham said, “Mohammed is
dead and buried in Medina. Jesus
Christ is alive and He is sitting at the
right hand of...
The church of Jesus Christ, not just on
Easter Sunday but at every service of
immersion baptism, celebrates the
victory of...
The five evidences, Paul presents are:
1) the church (v1-2);
2) the Scriptures (v3-4);
3) the eyewitnesses (v5-7);
4) a sp...
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
TheTestimony of Scripture
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 NKJV
3 For I delivered to you first of all that
which I also received: that Christ died
for our sins ...
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4 a...
To the two disciples on the road to Emmaus,
Jesus said, "'O foolish men and slow of heart to
believe in all that the proph...
Acts 10:43 says that all the prophets
testify about Him…
Acts 10:43 NKJV
43To Him all the prophets witness
that, through His name, whoever
believes in Him will receive remission
o...
When the unbelieving Jews asked for a
sign of Jesus' messiahship, He said:
Matthew 12:39-40 NKJV
39 “An evil and adulterou...
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40 For as Jonah was thre...
Jesus, Peter, and Paul all quoted or
referred to such OldTestament passages
as:
Gen 22:8, 14;
Psalm 16:8-11;
Psalm 22;
Isa...
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The more time there is between the
pr...
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Psalm 22 was written by King Da...
The Psalms were not numbered in
Jesus’ day so the way they referred to
a Psalm was by the first line of that
Psalm.
Psalm ...
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Psalm 22:1 NKJV
1 My God, My God, why ha...
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Psalm 22:14-18 NKJV
14 I am poured ou...
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15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd (dry
piece of pott...
16 For dogs have surrounded Me;
The congregation of the wicked has
enclosed Me.
They pierced My hands and My feet;
17 I ca...
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18 They divide My gar...
Psalm 22 Six of the Fulfillments Gospels
v. 1 -- Christ spoke these words Matt. 27:46
v. 2 -- Alternate light and darkness...
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Over and ...
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No Jew who believed and understood the...
Twice Paul repeats the phrase
according to the Scriptures, to
emphasize that this is no new thing,
and no contradiction of...
The five evidences, Paul presents are:
1) the church (v1-2);
2) the Scriptures (v3-4);
3) the eyewitnesses (v5-7);
4) a sp...
1 Corinthians 15:5-7
TheTestimony Of Eyewitnesses
1 Corinthians 15:5-7 NKJV
5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by
the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by
over five hund...
Jesus' AppearanceTo Peter
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One of the requirements for apostl...
Acts 1:21-22 NKJV
21 “Therefore, of these men who have
accompanied us all the time that the Lord
Jesus went in and out amo...
Psalm 109:8 NKJV
8 Let his (Judas) days be few,
And let another take his office.
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The first apostle to whom He
appeared was Cephas, ...
We are not told why the Lord
appeared to Peter first or separately,
but it possibly was because of Peter's
great remorse o...
In going to Peter first, Jesus emphasized
His grace.
• Peter had forsaken the Lord, but the
Lord had not forsaken him and ...
• Peter was the Lord's spokesman at
Pentecost and was crucially used in
the expansion of the church for
several years.
• A...
Jesus' AppearanceToThe Eleven
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Jesus next appeared to the eleven...
The apostles laid the foundation of
the church (Ephesians 2:20), which
from the beginning based its beliefs
and practices ...
Those men whom the Lord used to
establish His church on earth all saw Him
in His resurrected body (Acts 1:22).
They were c...
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Jesus' AppearanceToThe Five Hundred
“After that He appeared to more than
five hundred brethren at one time.”
The quality of specific witnesses is
represented ...
The quantity of witnesses is seen in the five
hundred brethren who all saw the risen Christ at
one time.
• Scripture gives...
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Jesus' AppearanceTo James
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James is the half-brother of the Lord,
the author o...
James originally was a skeptic (as
were C.S. Lewis and Josh McDowell).
Like his brothers he did not at first
believe that ...
John 7:5 NKJV
5 For even His brothers did not believe
in Him.
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But now this member of Jesus' own...
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Perhaps, as with Paul, it was the
experience of seeing ...
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In any case, the convincing testimony...
"Over a period of forty days"
(Acts 1:3), between His resurrection
and ascension, Jesus appeared to all
the apostles on ot...
The five evidences, Paul presents are:
1) the church (v1-2);
2) the Scriptures (v3-4);
3) the eyewitnesses (v5-7);
4) a sp...
1 Corinthians 15:8-10
TheTestimony Of Paul
1 Corinthians 15:8-10 NKJV
8Then last of all He was seen by me also,
as by one born out of due time.
9 For I am the least ...
10 But by the grace of God I am what I
am, and His grace toward me was not
in vain; but I labored more abundantly
than the...
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The fourth major testimony of Christ's
resurrection was th...
Paul was not among the original
apostles, all of whom had been
disciples of Jesus during His earthly
ministry.
• He was no...
Rather, he had for many years been
an unbeliever and a chief persecutor
of the church.
He was, however, last of all allowe...
The Lord's appearance to Paul not
only was post-resurrection but post-
ascension, making Paul's testimony
more unique stil...
All the others to whom Christ
appeared, except perhaps James,
were believers, whereas Paul (then
known as Saul) was a viol...
There were also other appearances
(Acts 18:9-10; 23:11; 2 Cor 12:1-7).
• Jesus appeared to Paul as it were to
one untimely...
In Paul's figure, the term could
indicate hopelessness for life without
divine intervention, and convey the
idea that he w...
But the use of the term in the sense of
an ill-timed birth, too early or too late,
seems to fit Paul's thought best.
He ca...
In carrying the idea of unformed, dead,
and useless, the term was also used as a
term of derision.
• Before his conversion...
• Even when he was born it was
wrong timing.
• Christ was gone.
• How could he be an apostle?
• Yet, by special divine pro...
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Paul knew all of his sins were fo...
But he could not forget that for which
he had been forgiven, and it
continually reminded him that by the
grace of God I am...
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It is possible that Paul's memory of having
persecuted the ...
As is clearly substantiated in the New
Testament, Paul was able to truthfully say,
I labored even more than all of them.
Y...
The same grace responsible for his
calling was responsible for his
faithfulness.
God sovereignly appointed Paul an
apostle...
Paul believed, responded, obeyed,
and was continually sensitive to the
Lord's leading and will. But apart from
God's preve...
The truth and power of the
resurrected Christ had brought three
great changes in Paul.
• First was deep recognition of sin...
He saw himself as he really was, an
enemy of God and a persecutor of His
church.
• Second, he experienced a
revolution of ...
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His life was transformed from one
characterized by self-r...
He changed from oppressor to
servant, from imprisoner to deliverer,
from judge to friend, from a taker of
life to a giver ...
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As zealously as he...
The five evidences, Paul presents are:
1) the church (v1-2);
2) the Scriptures (v3-4);
3) the eyewitnesses (v5-7);
4) a sp...
1 Corinthians 15:11
TheTestimony OfThe Common Message
1 Corinthians 15:11 NKJV
11Therefore, whether it was I or they,
so we preach and so you believed.
The last testimony to Christ's
resurrection was that of the common
message that every true apostle,
prophet, and pastor pr...
Without exception, the preaching and
teaching in the early church centered
on the death, burial, and resurrection
of Chris...
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Wherever Christ was preached and by
whomever He was preached, His
resu...
There was no dispute about the truth
or the importance of the doctrine,
which hardly would have been the
case had it been ...
Except for a few isolated heresies, the
doctrine of Christ's resurrection has
not been questioned within the
church until ...
NewTestament Christianity, whether
ancient or modern, knows nothing of
a gospel whose heart is not the risen
Lord and Savi...
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Isaiah 49:16a NKJV
16a See, I have inscribed you on...
The Plan of Hope & Salvation
John 3:16 NKJV
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoeve...
Romans 3:23 NKJV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23a NKJV
23a For the wages of sin is ...
Revelation 21:8 NKJV
8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable,
murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and
...
Romans 5:8 NKJV
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in
that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Re...
Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus
and believe in your heart that God has raised Him...
If you have questions or would like to know more,
Please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-
979-1900 or http://...
04 April 5, 2015, Luke 24;1-12, Easter, The Declaration
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  1. 1. Luke 24:1-12 The Declaration - He Is Risen! April 5, 2015 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA
  2. 2. What’s the number one thing?
  3. 3. http://forgodalmighty.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/godsglory1.jpg The Glory of God!
  4. 4. 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  5. 5. April MemoryVerse: I Peter 1:3 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
  6. 6. Friday, April 17, 2015 | 6:30 pm | Fellowship Hall East • Dr. Jason Lisle: Creation vs Evolution vs ID, Apologetics, Cosmology,The Big Bang, Astro Physics, Astronomy • Mark Cahill: Apologetic Evangelism, Do Something, BiblicalTruth • JayWatts: LifeTraining Institute,The Case for Life, BiblicalWorldviews
  7. 7. Saturday: April 18, 2015 | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm | Fellowship Hall East • JayWatts: “Back to the Cross, Apologetics in Service to the Gospel” • Mark Cahill: Apologetic EvangelismTraining (2hrs) (Breakout Session) • Dr. Jason Lisle: How the Heavens Declare God’s Glory (Breakout Session) • JayWatts: “The Case for Life” (Breakout Session)
  8. 8. Saturday Lunch | 12:15 pm | Cost $10 (Purchase by April 12) • Dr. Jason Lisle: “Ultimate Proof of Creation” • Mark Cahill: “No Excuses” Sunday, April 19, 2015 • 9:00 & 10:30 am Sunday School Sunday • School Option: Fellowship Hall East: Dr. Jason Lisle: “Why Genesis Matters”
  9. 9. Sunday, April 19, 2015 • 9:00 & 10:30 am Worship Services – Sanctuary • Apologetic Message – Mark Cahill: “One Heartbeat Away” Evening Service – Sanctuary • 5:00 pm Dr. Jason Lisle: “DiscerningTruth: Exposing Errors in Evolutionary Arguments” • 6:15 pm Mark Cahill: “OneThingYou Can’t Do in Heaven”
  10. 10. Secret Church Simulcast Friday, April 24, 2015, 6:00 - 11:59 PM Contact: HalWarren Taught by Dr. David Platt, President of the I.M.B. Books may be purchased for $10 in the Missions office starting April 12.
  11. 11. kazyoung.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Challenge.jpg We have three challenges that the Education Department has placed before us in 2015:
  12. 12. http://rejoiceministries.org/images/hiding-gods-word-banner.jpg 1.) Memorize the monthly memory verses and know each month we are hiding God’sWord in our heart.
  13. 13. January verse: Romans 10:9 February verse: Ephesians 2:8-9 March verse: Romans 3:23 April verse: I Peter 1:3
  14. 14. http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608020305571221387&pid=1.7 2.) Share your faith with one person each month and build a relationship with them, so they will not only become a disciple – but a disciple maker themselves.
  15. 15. http://www.tillhecomes.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/God_At_Work.jpg 3). Ask two Sunday School class members to share how they have seen God at work during the week.
  16. 16. Next Sunday: Luke 24:13-35 The Promise Fulfilled April 12, 2015
  17. 17. http://c710327.r27.cf2.rackcdn.com/assets/1592/reviewaccountingstandards.jpg
  18. 18. http://rsc.byu.edu/sites/default/files/Seely%20Image%201%20copy.jpg
  19. 19. http://barryboucher.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54fb77662883301156fdbb7b7970b-800wi The priest examined the lamb for imperfections, not the man who brought the lamb to serve as the substitute for his sins.
  20. 20. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ekgLbfjCjWw/TxwO979IySI/AAAAAAAAL9w/fU_HZZKeszU/s1600/judgment-day-man-before-throne-with-jesus-medium.png Except through Me – John 14:6
  21. 21. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8vWYL4EO0BQ/TefTdSEh-II/AAAAAAAAAD0/Dnk3kEcq1jQ/s1600/HeavenOnEarth.jpg What are the only three things that are presently on this earth that are going to Heaven? 1) ___ __ _____ ___ 2) ____ ______ 3) ____ __ ____ ___
  22. 22. What are the only three things that are presently on this earth that are going to Heaven? 1) All of _____ ____. Isa 40:8, 1 Peter 1 2) Some ______. 1 John 5:11-13 3) Some of ____ _____. 1 Cor 3:11-15
  23. 23. What are the only three things that are presently on this earth that are going to Heaven? 1) All of God’sWord. Isa 40:8, 1 Peter 1 2) Some ______. 1 John 5:11-13 3) Some of ____ _____. 1 Cor 3:11-15
  24. 24. Isaiah 40:8 NKJV 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” (also 1 Peter 1:23-25)
  25. 25. What are the only three things that are presently on this earth that are going to Heaven? 1) All of God’sWord. Isa 40:8, 1 Peter 1 2) Some people. 1 John 5:11-13 3) Some of ____ _____. 1 Cor 3:11-15
  26. 26. 1 John 5:11-13 NKJV 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has (eternal) life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
  27. 27. 13aThese things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know (not hope so, not maybe) that you have eternal life, 1 John 5:11-13a NKJV
  28. 28. What are the only three things that are presently on this earth that are going to Heaven? 1) All of God’sWord. Isa 40:8, 1 Peter 1 2) Some people. 1 John 5:11-13 3) Some of your works. 1 Cor 3:11-15
  29. 29. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 NKJV 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
  30. 30. 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.
  31. 31. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 NKJV (You can lose your rewards but not your salvation.)
  32. 32. Hebrews 11:6 NKJV 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
  33. 33. Revelation 4:10 NKJV 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before HimWho sits on the throne and worship HimWho lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne,
  34. 34. http://ubdavid.org/youthworld/majoring-in-life/graphics/10_elders-crowns.jpg
  35. 35. http://liveholy.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Presence-of-god.jpg The greatest reward a person can ever have is the _________ __ ___.
  36. 36. http://splxp.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/held-by-god.jpg The greatest reward a person can ever have is the presence of God.
  37. 37. Psalm 16:11 NKJV 11 You will show me the path of life; InYour presence is fullness of joy; AtYour right hand are pleasures forevermore.
  38. 38. http://firsttrinity.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Presence-of-God.jpg Yesterday is the past, Tomorrow is the future, Today is a gift – that’s why we call it The Present!
  39. 39. Isaiah 40:10 NKJV 10 Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand, And His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.
  40. 40. Revelation 22:12 NKJV 12And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
  41. 41. Ephesians 2:10 NKJV 10 For we are His workmanship (poem), created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
  42. 42. Luke 24:1-12 NKJV The Declaration - He Is Risen!
  43. 43. Luke 24:1-12 NKJV He Is Risen 1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.
  44. 44. 2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.
  45. 45. 5Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,
  46. 46. 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” 8 And they remembered His words.
  47. 47. 9Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles.
  48. 48. 11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened. Luke 24:1-12 NKJV
  49. 49. http://www.jesuspictures.co/jesus-resurrection-92.jpg In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, Paul gives the most extensive treatment of the resurrection in all of Scripture.
  50. 50. 1 Corinthians 15:3b-9 NKJV The Risen Christ 3b that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
  51. 51. 5 and that He was seen by Cephas (Peter), then by the twelve.6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.
  52. 52. 8Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 1 Corinthians 15:3b-9 NKJV
  53. 53. COMMENTARIES CONSULTED: • J.Vernon McGee'sThruThe Bible • Wiersbe Expository Outlines • Ray Stedman
  54. 54. http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4529821671755722&w=282&h=366&c=7&rs=1&qlt=80&pid=1.7 John MacArthur, Jr. (Born June 19, 1939)
  55. 55. http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608036927180047896&pid=1.7 Just as the heart pumps life-giving blood to every part of the body, so the truth of the resurrection gives life to every other area of Gospel truth.
  56. 56. http://worshipsounds.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/he-is-risen-tomb.jpg The resurrection is the pivot on which all of Christianity turns and without which none of the other truths would much matter.
  57. 57. http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/d4/f4/42/d4f442d94263dff4aa3f41e745a8f859.jpg Without the resurrection, Christianity would just be wishful thinking, taking its place alongside all other human philosophy and religious speculation.
  58. 58. http://christianitymatters.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/he-has-risen.jpg The first two sermons preached after Pentecost both focused on the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2:14-36; 3:12-26).
  59. 59. Because of that truth, the heart- broken followers of the crucified Rabbi were turned into the courageous witnesses and martyrs who, in a few years, spread the Gospel across the Roman Empire and turned the world upside down.
  60. 60. Acts 17:6 NKJV 6 But when they did not find them (Paul and Silas), they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.
  61. 61. http://virginialieto.com/wp-content/uploads/Hope-in-the-Lord.png No fear or dread in this life can quench the hope and joy of an assured life to come.
  62. 62. True NewTestament Christianity is a religion of the resurrection. "Our Savior's resurrection is truly of great importance in Christianity, so great that His being or not being the Messiah stands or falls with it.", said John Locke.
  63. 63. http://biblicalproof.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/the-devil-as-a-roaring-lion.jpg Because it is the cornerstone of the Gospel, the resurrection has been the target of Satan's greatest attacks against the church.
  64. 64. If the resurrection is eliminated, the life-giving power of the Gospel is eliminated, the deity of Christ is eliminated, salvation from sin is eliminated, and eternal life is eliminated.
  65. 65. "If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied" (1 Corinthians 15:19). If Christ did not live past the grave, those who trust in Him surely cannot hope to do so.
  66. 66. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NOQ3fqcuCJI/UsrohEyil5I/AAAAAAAAAnw/fk_ieRghW38/s1600/I+Am+the+Resurrection+and+the+Life.jpg Without the resurrection, salvation could not have been provided, and without belief in the resurrection salvation cannot be received.
  67. 67. "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9). • It is not possible, therefore, to be a Christian and not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  68. 68. The doctrinal problem on which 1 Corinthians chapter 15 focuses was not the Corinthians' disbelief in Christ's resurrection but confusion about their own.
  69. 69. http://b.vimeocdn.com/ts/194/028/194028878_640.jpg Paul was not trying to convince them that Christ rose from the dead but that one day they, too, would be raised with Him to eternal life.
  70. 70. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pf1tLR81edo/TbQl5ya2dHI/AAAAAAAAAPE/p6_Ua5eFpBo/s1600/empty_tomb23456.jpg To lay the foundation in the first eleven verses, Paul reviews five evidences for Jesus' resurrection.
  71. 71. The five evidences, Paul presents are: 1) the church (v1-2); 2) the Scriptures (v3-4); 3) the eyewitnesses (v5-7); 4) a special witness, the apostle himself (8-10); and 5) the common message (v11).
  72. 72. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 TheTestimony of the Church
  73. 73. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 NKJV The Risen Christ, Faith’s Reality 1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the Gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,
  74. 74. 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 NKJV
  75. 75. Because of the reality of Christ's resurrection and of their trust in it, they were now a part of His church and thereby were evidence of the power of that resurrection. • Their lives had been transformed because of the resurrection.
  76. 76. Obedience and continuous faithfulness mark the redeemed. The endurance and growth of the church of Jesus Christ for over 2,000 years is evidence of His resurrection reality.
  77. 77. http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608040376045472641&pid=1.7 His church and HisWord have survived skepticism, persecution, heresy, unfaithfulness, and disobedience because of our belief in His resurrection.
  78. 78. Critics have denounced the resurrection as a hoax and fabrication, but have never explained the power of such a fabrication to produce men and women who gave up everything, including their freedom and lives when necessary, to love and to follow a dead Lord!
  79. 79. His living church is evidence that Christ Himself is alive; and He could be alive only if He had been raised from the dead.
  80. 80. He Lives I serve a risen Savior He’s in the world today. I know that He is living, Whatever men may say. I see His hand of mercy; I hear His voice of cheer; And just the time I need Him He’s always near.
  81. 81. He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart. Composed in 1933 by Alfred Henry Ackley (1887-1960)
  82. 82. In the Garden Written by a pharmacist, C. Austin Miles (1868–1946) I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses, And the voice I hear falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses . . .
  83. 83. And He walks with me, And He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own, And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other, has ever, known!
  84. 84. “A crucified Messiah would have been no Messiah at all. He was One rejected by Judaism and accursed of God. It was the resurrection of Jesus, as Paul declares in Romans 1:3-4, which proclaimed Him to be the Son of God with power” (Dutton, 1946).
  85. 85. Romans 1:3-4 NKJV 3 His Son Jesus Christ our Lord,Who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
  86. 86. Matthew 27:54 NKJV 54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!” (Also in Mark 15:39)
  87. 87. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3294/3392929141_83f48bc81c.jpg A follower of Buddha writes of his religious leader, "When Buddha died it was with that utter passing away in which nothing whatever remains."
  88. 88. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mausoleum_Muhammad.jpg Mohammad died at Medina on June 8, 632, at the age of 61, and his tomb there is visited yearly by tens of thousands of Muslims.
  89. 89. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mrs_Aisha_room.jpg But they come to mourn his death, not to celebrate his resurrection.
  90. 90. Franklin Graham said, “Mohammed is dead and buried in Medina. Jesus Christ is alive and He is sitting at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven. (Hebrews 1:3)Who do you want to follow, the dead or the living?”
  91. 91. The church of Jesus Christ, not just on Easter Sunday but at every service of immersion baptism, celebrates the victory of her Lord over death and the grave.
  92. 92. The five evidences, Paul presents are: 1) the church (v1-2); 2) the Scriptures (v3-4); 3) the eyewitnesses (v5-7); 4) a special witness, the apostle himself (8-10); and 5) the common message (v11).
  93. 93. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 TheTestimony of Scripture
  94. 94. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 NKJV 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
  95. 95. http://healthy-family.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/and-on-the-third-day-he-rose-in-fulfillment-of-the-scriptures.jpg 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
  96. 96. To the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, Jesus said, "'O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?' And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures" (Luke 24:25-27).
  97. 97. Acts 10:43 says that all the prophets testify about Him…
  98. 98. Acts 10:43 NKJV 43To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.
  99. 99. When the unbelieving Jews asked for a sign of Jesus' messiahship, He said: Matthew 12:39-40 NKJV 39 “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
  100. 100. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RXWDJZK5vCE/U0whpbrGyeI/AAAAAAAABJk/MVF819AIBGE/s1600/sign+of+Jonah.jpg 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
  101. 101. Jesus, Peter, and Paul all quoted or referred to such OldTestament passages as: Gen 22:8, 14; Psalm 16:8-11; Psalm 22; Isaiah 53; and Hosea 6:2.
  102. 102. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.607995313212558541&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0 The more time there is between the prediction and when the event occurs, the more amazing it is, the more impressed we are.
  103. 103. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608049322458875634&w=243&h=169&c=7&rs=1&qlt=90&o=4&pid=1.7 Psalm 22 was written by King David 1,000 years before it took place. It was written 500 years before the Romans had perfected crucifixion.
  104. 104. The Psalms were not numbered in Jesus’ day so the way they referred to a Psalm was by the first line of that Psalm. Psalm 23 =The Lord is my Shepherd
  105. 105. http://www.lifeinchristministries.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/psalm22.jpg Psalm 22:1 NKJV 1 My God, My God, why haveYou forsaken Me?
  106. 106. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f3/c2/22/f3c222545d38a7d6b2fc3c2ce54279ad.jpg Psalm 22:14-18 NKJV 14 I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me.
  107. 107. http://mattmilamii.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/i_thirst1.jpg 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd (dry piece of pottery), And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.
  108. 108. 16 For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; 17 I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.
  109. 109. http://www.joyfulheart.com/easter/images-tissot/tissot-the-garments-divided-by-cast-lots-599x719.jpg 18 They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.
  110. 110. Psalm 22 Six of the Fulfillments Gospels v. 1 -- Christ spoke these words Matt. 27:46 v. 2 -- Alternate light and darkness; Matt. 27:45 v. 6-8 -- The reproach of the people; Matt. 27:39-44 v. 16 -- His hands and feet pierced; Matt. 27:35 v. 17 -- People staring at Him; Luke 23:35 v. 18 -- Gambling for His garments; John 19:23-24
  111. 111. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RIJ57UBnL-M/T2xambBMMSI/AAAAAAAAAZE/djGhAmfHEjk/s1600/the_baptism_of_the_christ_21.jpg Over and over again, either directly or indirectly, literally or in figures of speech, the OldTestament foretold Jesus' death (Psalm 22), burial (Psalm 16), and resurrection (Isaiah 11).
  112. 112. http://ubdavid.org/advanced/way-to-heaven/graphics/4_jesus-baptism-beloved-son.jpg
  113. 113. http://media2.gracechurchsc.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/12_jesusintheot_main.jpg No Jew who believed and understood the Scriptures should have been surprised that the Messiah was ordained to die, be buried, and then resurrected.
  114. 114. Twice Paul repeats the phrase according to the Scriptures, to emphasize that this is no new thing, and no contradiction of true Jewish belief.
  115. 115. The five evidences, Paul presents are: 1) the church (v1-2); 2) the Scriptures (v3-4); 3) the eyewitnesses (v5-7); 4) a special witness, the apostle himself (8-10); and 5) the common message (v11).
  116. 116. 1 Corinthians 15:5-7 TheTestimony Of Eyewitnesses
  117. 117. 1 Corinthians 15:5-7 NKJV 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.
  118. 118. Jesus' AppearanceTo Peter
  119. 119. http://www.lds.org/bc/content/ldsorg/church/news/March%202013/29th/580-Resurrection.jpg One of the requirements for apostleship was having seen the resurrected Christ (Acts 1:21-22).
  120. 120. Acts 1:21-22 NKJV 21 “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
  121. 121. Psalm 109:8 NKJV 8 Let his (Judas) days be few, And let another take his office.
  122. 122. http://wordincarnate.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/saint-thomas-jesus.jpg The first apostle to whom He appeared was Cephas, that is, Peter.
  123. 123. We are not told why the Lord appeared to Peter first or separately, but it possibly was because of Peter's great remorse over having denied his Lord three times, and because his role as a leader among the apostles (Acts 15).
  124. 124. In going to Peter first, Jesus emphasized His grace. • Peter had forsaken the Lord, but the Lord had not forsaken him and Christ did not appear to Peter because Peter deserved to see Him most, but perhaps because Peter needed to see Him most.
  125. 125. • Peter was the Lord's spokesman at Pentecost and was crucially used in the expansion of the church for several years. • As such he was the prime witness to the resurrected Christ.
  126. 126. Jesus' AppearanceToThe Eleven
  127. 127. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_W-tPfvMT88E/Sd-qercS8AI/AAAAAAAADuE/nTMuRrbcJwc/s400/risen.jpg Jesus next appeared to the eleven disciples as they were fearfully assembled on Easter evening (John 20:19; Luke 24:36).
  128. 128. The apostles laid the foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:20), which from the beginning based its beliefs and practices on their teaching (Acts 2:42).
  129. 129. Those men whom the Lord used to establish His church on earth all saw Him in His resurrected body (Acts 1:22). They were capable, honest, and reliable eyewitnesses to the most important event of history.
  130. 130. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zvW4b38RcUQ/TnDuEk9BEJI/AAAAAAAADZw/V7L-lRJB2Ww/s1600/Jesus-Christ-Image.jpg
  131. 131. Jesus' AppearanceToThe Five Hundred
  132. 132. “After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time.” The quality of specific witnesses is represented by the apostles, all of whom were known by name and could easily be questioned.
  133. 133. The quantity of witnesses is seen in the five hundred brethren who all saw the risen Christ at one time. • Scripture gives no indication of who those people were, or where Jesus appeared to them, but they were surely well known in the early church, and, like the eleven, would often have been questioned about seeing the risen Savior.
  134. 134. http://deseretnews.com/images/article/midres/16048/16048.jpg
  135. 135. Jesus' AppearanceTo James
  136. 136. http://members.bib-arch.org/bswb_graphics/BSBA/28/06/BSBA280603120.jpg James is the half-brother of the Lord, the author of the letter of James and a key leader in the Jerusalem church (Acts 15:13-21).
  137. 137. James originally was a skeptic (as were C.S. Lewis and Josh McDowell). Like his brothers he did not at first believe that Jesus was the Messiah (John 7:5).
  138. 138. John 7:5 NKJV 5 For even His brothers did not believe in Him.
  139. 139. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608050215808731103&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0 But now this member of Jesus' own household, this one who for several years did not recognize Jesus as the Christ, was a powerful and convincing witness to His resurrection.
  140. 140. http://theworddetective.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/camelknees.jpg Perhaps, as with Paul, it was the experience of seeing the resurrected Christ that finally brought James to saving faith.
  141. 141. http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/3f/c9/41/3fc9414666b6f33266bd00df8a46b0d9.jpg In any case, the convincing testimony of a family member and former unbeliever was added to that of the apostles and the five hundred.
  142. 142. "Over a period of forty days" (Acts 1:3), between His resurrection and ascension, Jesus appeared to all the apostles on other occasions that are not specified (see John 21:1-14).
  143. 143. The five evidences, Paul presents are: 1) the church (v1-2); 2) the Scriptures (v3-4); 3) the eyewitnesses (v5-7); 4) a special witness, the apostle Paul himself (8-10); and 5) the common message (v11).
  144. 144. 1 Corinthians 15:8-10 TheTestimony Of Paul
  145. 145. 1 Corinthians 15:8-10 NKJV 8Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
  146. 146. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
  147. 147. http://danmckinlay.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/apostle-paul.jpg The fourth major testimony of Christ's resurrection was that of the apostle Paul himself, a special and unique witness of the risen Lord.
  148. 148. Paul was not among the original apostles, all of whom had been disciples of Jesus during His earthly ministry. • He was not among the five hundred other believers who had seen the resurrected Christ.
  149. 149. Rather, he had for many years been an unbeliever and a chief persecutor of the church. He was, however, last of all allowed to see the risen Christ.
  150. 150. The Lord's appearance to Paul not only was post-resurrection but post- ascension, making Paul's testimony more unique still. • It was not during the forty days in which He appeared to all the others but several years later.
  151. 151. All the others to whom Christ appeared, except perhaps James, were believers, whereas Paul (then known as Saul) was a violent, hateful unbeliever when the Lord manifested Himself on the Damascus road (Acts 9:1-8).
  152. 152. There were also other appearances (Acts 18:9-10; 23:11; 2 Cor 12:1-7). • Jesus appeared to Paul as it were to one untimely born (ektroma) which ordinarily referred to a miscarriage, or premature birth — a life unable to sustain itself.
  153. 153. In Paul's figure, the term could indicate hopelessness for life without divine intervention, and convey the idea that he was born without hope of meeting Christ.
  154. 154. But the use of the term in the sense of an ill-timed birth, too early or too late, seems to fit Paul's thought best. He came too late to have been one of the twelve.
  155. 155. In carrying the idea of unformed, dead, and useless, the term was also used as a term of derision. • Before his conversion, which coincided with his vision of the resurrected Lord, Paul was spiritually unformed, dead, and useless, a person to be scorned by God.
  156. 156. • Even when he was born it was wrong timing. • Christ was gone. • How could he be an apostle? • Yet, by special divine provision, He appeared to me also, Paul testifies.
  157. 157. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608036742505564402&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0 Paul knew all of his sins were forgiven, and he was not plagued by feelings of guilt over what he had once done against God's people.
  158. 158. But he could not forget that for which he had been forgiven, and it continually reminded him that by the grace of God I am what I am. • That he deserved God's forgiveness so little was a constant reminder of how graciously His grace is given.
  159. 159. http://www.dailywordofgodgroup.com/images/the-grace-of-god.jpg It is possible that Paul's memory of having persecuted the church of God was a powerful motivation for his being determined that His grace would not prove vain.
  160. 160. As is clearly substantiated in the New Testament, Paul was able to truthfully say, I labored even more than all of them. Yet he was not boasting in his own spirituality or power but in God's, because, as he hastened to add, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
  161. 161. The same grace responsible for his calling was responsible for his faithfulness. God sovereignly appointed Paul an apostle and sovereignly blessed his apostolic ministry.
  162. 162. Paul believed, responded, obeyed, and was continually sensitive to the Lord's leading and will. But apart from God's prevenient grace the apostle knew that everything he did would have been in vain and worthless (Eph 4:15-16; Col 1:28-29; etc.).
  163. 163. The truth and power of the resurrected Christ had brought three great changes in Paul. • First was deep recognition of sin. • For the first time he realized how far his external religious life was from being internally godly.
  164. 164. He saw himself as he really was, an enemy of God and a persecutor of His church. • Second, he experienced a revolution of character. • From a persecutor of the church he became her greatest defender.
  165. 165. http://sfodan.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/transformed_by_god.jpg His life was transformed from one characterized by self-righteous hatred to one characterized by self-giving love.
  166. 166. He changed from oppressor to servant, from imprisoner to deliverer, from judge to friend, from a taker of life to a giver of life. Third, he experienced a dramatic redirection of energy.
  167. 167. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Bbt2HjyGzpg/UTyodiWShjI/AAAAAAAAAQ4/JCiUt57Xm18/s1600/01-serving-others-1.jpg As zealously as he had once opposed God's redeemed he now served them.
  168. 168. The five evidences, Paul presents are: 1) the church (v1-2); 2) the Scriptures (v3-4); 3) the eyewitnesses (v5-7); 4) a special witness, the apostle Paul himself (8-10); and 5) the common message (v11).
  169. 169. 1 Corinthians 15:11 TheTestimony OfThe Common Message
  170. 170. 1 Corinthians 15:11 NKJV 11Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
  171. 171. The last testimony to Christ's resurrection was that of the common message that every true apostle, prophet, and pastor preached.
  172. 172. Without exception, the preaching and teaching in the early church centered on the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ - whether it was Peter, the twelve, the five hundred, James, or anyone else.
  173. 173. http://www.jesuspictures.co/jesusresurrection_2.jpg Wherever Christ was preached and by whomever He was preached, His resurrection was the pivotal message that was proclaimed.
  174. 174. There was no dispute about the truth or the importance of the doctrine, which hardly would have been the case had it been a fabrication.
  175. 175. Except for a few isolated heresies, the doctrine of Christ's resurrection has not been questioned within the church until our modern age of skepticism and humanism.
  176. 176. NewTestament Christianity, whether ancient or modern, knows nothing of a gospel whose heart is not the risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
  177. 177. http://christfromtheheart.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/isiash-49-16.jpg Isaiah 49:16a NKJV 16a See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
  178. 178. The Plan of Hope & Salvation John 3:16 NKJV 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 14:6 NKJV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
  179. 179. Romans 3:23 NKJV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 6:23a NKJV 23a For the wages of sin is death, • Death in this life (the first death) is 100%. • Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins. • The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8.
  180. 180. Revelation 21:8 NKJV 8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Romans 6:23b NKJV 23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  181. 181. Romans 5:8 NKJV 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Revelation 21:7 NKJV 7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” •Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to accept Jesus as our Savior.
  182. 182. Romans 10:9-10 NKJV 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:13 NKJV 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
  183. 183. If you have questions or would like to know more, Please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601- 979-1900 or http://firstbaptistjackson.org/contact/

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