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May 1st, 2009

Helping Us to Live Resurrected Lives

[Adapted from our recent series, The Time of Trouble (with E. Ray Cox), April 22 – 26.]

Resurrection is a central gospel theme (1Cor. 15:1-4).  This resurrection centrality is shard along with the death of the Jesus.  Whereas Jesus’ death is about propitiation, by his blood, for sin (Rom. 3:25); the resurrection is in demonstration of power for extreme newness (Rom. 1:4; 6:4).

The following references show the unfolding importance of the resurrection in biblical sequence:

A.  John 11:25-26      Jesus’ “I am the resurrection” statement

B.  Acts 1:21-26          The qualifying of Matthias involves the resurrection

C.  Acts 2:22-32          Resurrection is a key-note on the Day of Pentecost

D.  Acts 3:12,25-26   The earliest gospel preaching included the resurrection

E.  Acts 4:1-2                Resurrection was annoying to the Sadducees

F.  Acts 17:18                Paul proclaimed the resurrection at intellectual Athens

G.  1 Cor. 15:12-20      A Christian world-view demands a resurrection

H.  Rev. 20:6                The resurrection is critical for being a blessing of God

I.   Rom. 6:3-5,17         To obey the gospel is to fully identify with Christ

J.   Col. 3:1                        Living the resurrected life involves a higher seeking

We are very aware of the state of Christianity in America.   Even the secular magazine, Newsweek (April/2009) reports – “The Decline and Fall of Christian America.”   We could wish otherwise, certainly.  But, in the midst of this paradigm shift, the church will be purged (cf. 1 Pet. 4:12-19).

Resurrection living must happen now.

-Robert M. Housby