Sermon (Brief) Notes
Sermon # 6
Sermon Title: “Distinctive Marks of an Effective & Biblical Church:
‘Resurrection Faith’ (Part II)”
Date: Sunday, September 4, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Joseph
Four central characteristics and practices of the early Christians
- Devotion to the teaching of the Apostles
- Devotion to the fellowship.
- Devotion to the breaking of bread.
- Devotion to a life of prayer.
Examples of Apostles’ teaching in Acts
- Acts 2:42-47
- Acts 3:11-26
- Acts 4:8-12
- Acts 5:29-32
Emphasis on the nature of the Gospel and the Importance of the Resurrection of Christ
- Acts 3: 26: “For You first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.” Through the resurrection, God raised Jesus from the dead, and proclaim forgiveness of sin through his name alone.
- Acts 4:10: “Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well.”
- Acts 4:33: “And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.”
- Acts 5:30-31: “The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.”
Theories about the Resurrection of Christ
- “Perhaps Jewish authorities removed the body and quietly disposed of it because they did not want it venerated.”
- “When the tomb was subsequently found vacated, belief in the resurrection was born.”
- “The crucified Jesus never really died. “
- “Perhaps Jesus revived in the cool air of the tomb to make his exist, and then later his vacated sepulcher was discovered.”
- “Fantasy was confused with reality; collective delusion took over.”
- “Jesus’ followers secretly stole his body by night.”
See, Dale Allison, Resurrecting Jesus, pp. 201-208
What does Scripture really Say about the Resurrection of Christ
What does Scripture really Say about the Resurrection of Christ?
1 Corinthians 15: 3-8: The Gospel and Resurrection
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
The Resurrection in the Four Gospels
- Matthew 27:47-54
- Mark 15:33-39
- Luke 23:44-48
- John 19:28-30
Summarized statements about the Resurrection
“Resurrection faith” is a Christocentric faith that fixes itself on the glorious victory of Jesus Christ over death, sin, darkness, and human shame. Resurrection faith is that kind of Christian faith that continues to resist cynicism, despair, and hopelessness in this fragile world because it is rooted in Jesus who is the source of our hope, glory, and life in this world. Resurrection faith challenges the power “shame and death” have exercised upon our lives. Resurrection faith is the ground of the Christian faith and Christian hope, both in the present and future
- The Greatest Miracle, orchestrated by God, is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the Dead.
- The Resurrection of Jesus proves that God vindicated Jesus.
- The Resurrection of Jesus shows that Jesus is Divine.
- Without the resurrection of Jesus, Christianity is meaningless.
- Without the resurrection of Jesus, there is no hope for the life to come or life after death.
- Without the resurrection of Jesus, there is no forgiveness of sin. No Peace. No Redemption. No Eternal Life.