WEEK 5 - VICTORY OVER DEATH
1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-11
1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. 9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
ANCHORED IN THE GOSPEL
The Apostle Paul transitions here to the final act of his letter to the Corinthians. He begins by anchoring them back to the gospel message he preached when he first came to Corinth. This was the message that drew them out of the pagan world and into the Kingdom of God and into a new community. For Paul, he knew that for the community to remain strong they must be anchored to Jesus and the gospel he preached among them.
Taken from the verses above, what are the basic facts of the gospel?
Are these facts all there is to the gospel? Explain.
For a bit of application, taken from what you said above, if someone was to ask you, “What is the gospel?”, what would you say?