Small Group Questions – What if Jesus hadn’t risen from the dead?

Icebreaker
If you had to choose a car to describe your life, what would it be and why?

Read
As a group take turns to read 1 Corinthians 15:12-34

Discuss

Discuss each of John’s closing summary statements…

Because of Christ’s resurrection preaching is productive.  Lives are changed by the truth being proclaimed
Can you think of examples of this from your own life or from people you know? Share examples.
Are there situations where lives are not changed? Why may this be?

Because of Christ’s resurrection faith is founded upon that historical reality. The tomb was empty
Does the empty tomb have impact on you?
Do your friends or other people oppose this fact? If so, how do you deal with this opposition? How do you do so lovingly, graciously and yet with firm belief?

Because of Christs resurrection Faith is not a leap into the unknown. Rather, faith is believing in the historical fact of the resurrection – our faith is not useless
Why would faith be useless without the resurrection?
Do you face cultural opposition to what people see as blind faith? How do you overcome this opposition?

Because of Christ’s resurrection sins are forgiven. The Bible teaches that the wages of sin is death (cf. Romans 6:23). Forgiveness of sins, and therefore reconciliation with God the Father, is only possible because of Christ’s resurrection.
Do you believe that sins are forgiven? How do you share the importance of forgiveness and the fact of sin to people who have no Christian heritage?

Because of Christ’s resurrection people are saved.
Pause and give thanks to God for this. Take a moment to pray, look back at the previous statements and give thanks for the resurrection

Because of Christ’s resurrection we have hope not only in this life but also for all eternity. The Apostle Paul said to the Romans, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Discuss this free gift. What are the reasons that people may not accept it? Consider how you treat this gift and what that says to other people around you. Share with the group.

Pray
Give thanks again for Jesus and for the resurrection. Pray for opportunity to share the free gifts of forgiveness, reconciliation and eternal life. Pray for sensitivity and firm faith as you do so.

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