SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: He’s Alive! Proofs of the Resurrection
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Just as your own heart is the pump that brings life-giving blood to your entire body, so is the resurrection of Jesus that gives life to the gospel message. Without it, our faith would be totally useless; our message would be utterly powerless. The resurrection is also what separates Jesus Christ from every other spiritual leader and would-be messiah. It validates His teaching. It authenticates His claims. It substantiates His promises. And it corroborates our confidence in Him as our Savior and Lord.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap Notes: September 13, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "He's Alive! Proofs of the Resurrection"
Text: 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

Path

Just as your own heart is the pump that brings life-giving blood to your entire body, so is the resurrection of Jesus that gives life to the gospel message. Without it, our faith would be totally useless; our message would be utterly powerless. The resurrection is also what separates Jesus Christ from every other spiritual leader and would-be messiah. It validates His teaching. It authenticates His claims. It substantiates His promises. And it corroborates our confidence in Him as our Savior and Lord.

  1. It Was Anticipated in Scripture (v. 3)
  2. It Was after His Death (vv. 3-4)
  3. It Was Affirmed by Others (vv. 5-8)
Points

It Was Anticipated in Scripture (v. 3)It Was after His Death (vv. 3-4)It Was Affirmed by Others (vv. 5-8)Practice

Connect Up:Pastor Skip mentioned a few Old Testament verses that foreshadow and prophesy about the death and resurrection of Jesus. Look up each of these references and discuss the details of how it refers to Jesus:Connect In:Why is the resurrection the pinnacle point for the Christian church? How is Jesus more than just a good moral teacher? Discuss C.S. Lewis' trilemma: Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord. Why is the last example the only viable option, historically speaking? For more insight, visit https://www.josh.org/jesus-liar-lunatic-lord.

Connect Out: How would you frame the importance of the eyewitness accounts of the resurrection to an unbeliever? Discuss these quotes Pastor Skip shared:

DETAILED NOTES
September 13, 2020
Skip Heitzig
"He's Alive! Proofs of the Resurrection"
1 Corinthians 15:3-8

  1. Introduction
    1. The best news the world ever heard came from a graveyard 2,000 years ago
    2. 1 Corinthians 15 is often called the resurrection chapter
      1. Most of it talks about our future resurrection
      2. That is predicated by a resurrection that has already happened: that of Jesus Christ
    3. The resurrection of Jesus is the core of Christianity
      1. Without it, Christianity would be relegated to one among many religions in the world
      2. Roman and Greek culture denied the importance of a physical world
      3. Only the spiritual world mattered
    4. Paul appealed to the historical record
      1. Skeptics say there's no scientific proof Jesus rose from the dead
      2. But that's true for anything in the historical record
      3. However, lawyers will testify that Jesus' resurrection is the best attested fact of ancient history
      4. The same type of historical research used to study the resurrection is used in law
        1. Eyewitnesses are questioned
        2. Motives are examined
        3. Physical evidence (like fingerprints and writings) is scrutinized
      5. Given those methods, we have far greater evidence that Jesus existed and rose from the dead than we have for Plato or Homer existing
    5. Paul offered three proofs for the bodily resurrection of Christ
  2. It Was Anticipated in Scripture (v. 3)
    1. The Old Testament foretold the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus
      1. On the road to Emmaus, Jesus gave an Old Testament Bible study about Himself, the Messiah (see Luke 24:13-35)
      2. When the Jews asked Jesus for a sign, He gave them only the sign of Jonah
        1. Matthew 12:38-41
        2. As Jonah was three days in the fish's belly, so the Son of Man would be three days in the grave
      3. Peter preached the resurrection from Psalm 16 at Pentecost (see Acts 2:25-28)
      4. Like Peter, Paul appealed to the Old Testament to explain the resurrection (see Acts 26:22-23)
      5. Jesus Himself predicted His resurrection based on Old Testament texts (see Mark 8:31)
    2. Jesus Christ has three basic credentials
      1. His impact on history: unlike any other
      2. Prophecy about Him
        1. Over 300 predictions fulfilled in His birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection
        2. God is so sure of the future that He announces it in advance
          1. One-quarter of the Bible is prophecy
          2. It gives specific details about people, places, and events
          3. Jesus is the pinnacle of all that prophecy
      3. His resurrection from the dead
        1. That's what sets Him apart from all other religious leaders
        2. Sets Christianity apart from all other world religions
  3. It Was after His Death (vv. 3-4)
    1. Jesus physically died, but many have devised theories to undercut that historical reality
      1. All those theories have proven faulty
      2. For example, the swoon theory posits that Jesus didn't actually die, so there was no resurrection, just a resuscitation
    2. But think of the biblical record
      1. Jesus sweated drops of blood in Gethsemane
      2. He had six trials; He was under extreme stress
      3. He was beaten with a Roman flagrum, bone and lead woven into strips of leather
      4. A crown of thorns was placed on His head, resulting in loss of blood
      5. He had to carry the upper part of the cross, which weighed 70-90 pounds
      6. Crucifixion was one of the most heinous and painful ways to die
    3. All the Gospels affirm that Jesus died
  4. It Was Affirmed by Others (vv. 5-8)
    1. The eyewitness account is one of the most reliable means of demonstrating the veracity of a historical event
    2. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul gave five eyewitness accounts
    3. He Appeared to Peter
      1. Peter went from a hopeless fisherman to a hopeful fisher of men
      2. He went from hopeless living to a living hope
    4. He Appeared to the Twelve
      1. His disciples were hiding when Jesus suddenly appeared among them
      2. Seeing Him transformed them from cowards into martyrs
      3. Seeing Him fueled the fires of gospel expansion
    5. He Appeared to the Five Hundred
      1. Not sure who or where the 500 were, but it demonstrates that a large single group of people saw Jesus after His resurrection
      2. The resurrection happened in a huge metropolitan city where many witnesses verified it
      3. No shortage of firsthand testimony
    6. He Appeared to James
      1. Probably His younger half brother
      2. James had previously doubted Jesus (see Mark 3:21)
      3. But now he was so convinced that he became a leader in the early church (see Acts 15:13)
      4. James was an objective witness because he wasn't predisposed to believe Jesus would rise
    7. He Appeared to Paul
      1. Paul himself had an encounter with the living Christ
      2. Not a hallucination but a historical event
        1. Psychologists says hallucinations only occur in certain types of people and not in groups
        2. Jesus appeared to people with different psychological profiles
        3. If He appeared to 500 people at once, then when individuals like Peter, James, or Paul thought they saw Jesus post-resurrection, it's because they really saw Him
    8. Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life" (John 11:25), and then He proved it
      1. So every other promise He made can also be trusted
      2. Because He lives, we who believe in Him will live too, forever in resurrected, glorified bodies
Figures referenced: William Lane Craig, Abraham Lincoln, Hugh Schonfield, Lee Strobel

Cross references: Psalm 16; Matthew 12:38-41; Mark 3:21; 8:31; Luke 24:13-35; John 11:25; Acts 2:25-28; 15:13; 26:22-23

Topic: Jesus' resurrection

Keywords: crucifixion, eyewitness, prophecy, historical, history, proof, witness

Topic: Jesus' resurrection

Keywords: crucifixion, eyewitness, prophecy, historical, history, proof, witness


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