Our salvation before God stands on the Cross, yes. But it is also founded on something more.
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One of the hallmarks of evangelical faith is that we are cruci-centric, or “Cross-centered.” And that’s not a bad thing. Rather than focusing the Christian life on merely the example of Jesus’ life and earthly ministry, evangelicals look to his death as the sine qua non of our salvation. Without Jesus’ death, there is no access to heaven for sinners and no hope for lasting moral improvement. Author J. R. Daniel Kirk, in “A Resurrection That Matters,” was a leader at his InterVarsity group in college and had much the same Cross-centered outlook. Yet one Easter he came to realize that his theology was missing something very important—the Resurrection. “One day as I was walking back to my dorm,” Kirk says, “it dawned on me that the gospel as I understood it had no need for Jesus to be raised from the dead.” Does your gospel have room for the Resurrection? This study will help show you why it should.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 7:1-8, Genesis 2:19-25, Romans 12:9-21
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: The Resurrection enthroned Jesus as the Messiah.
Teaching point two: Jesus’ resurrection guarantees ours.
Teaching point three: The resurrection will encompass Creation in the future, allowing us to bear up under suffering now.
Teaching point four: Our resurrection begins today.
Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
"A Resurrection That Matters", by J. R. Daniel Kirk (2010)
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