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The Resurrection of Jesus. Our faith hinges on it. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 12-19, 1 Peter 1:3 Romans 1:3-4 Matthew 16:13-16, 21-23

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Our faith hinges on it
Our faith hinges on it.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 12-19, 1 Peter 1:3

  • Romans 1:3-4

  • Matthew 16:13-16, 21-23

  • 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.


The apologetic of the 1 st century
THE Apologetic of the 1st Century

  • Acts 2:22-24; 3:13-15; 4:10, 32-33

  • Acts 13:26-30; 17:2-3; 26:22-23


We must believe it
We must believe it.

  • Romans 10:9-10

  • that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.


Why believe
Why Believe?

  • Eyewitnesses


Eyewitnesses testified of the resurrection
Eyewitnesses testified of the resurrection.

  • 6 Independent accounts (Gospels, Paul, Peter)

    • The NT is a collection of letters written and circulated within the lifetime of those who could have refuted the accounts. Cf. Acts 4:16; 26:24-26

  • Acts 1:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:5-8

  • Acts 10:39-41, John 20:24-28


Eyewitnesses
Eyewitnesses

  • Paul had been a violent opponent of Jesus. Acts 8:1; 9:1-2; 22:4

  • James, the Lord’s brother

    • John 7:5 “even His brothers did not believe in Him.”

    • Became a leader in the church at Jerusalem, Acts 15:13-21

    • Wrote an epistle in the canon.


Why believe1
Why Believe?

  • Eyewitnesses

  • The changed lives of the apostles


The changed lives of the apostles
The changed lives of the apostles.

  • In Acts 2, courageous apostles.

    • Acts 2:4, 14

  • But they had been cowards and unbelievers in the resurrection.

    • Mark 14:49-50

    • John 20:19

    • Luke 24:10-11

  • They taught the resurrection to the point of death.


The changed lives of the apostles1
The changed lives of the apostles.

  • The skeptic: “They believed a lie. Many have died for lies.”

    • They would have known it was a lie. Why would one knowingly die for a lie?

  • What did they have to gain?

    • Not money – Acts 3:6

    • Not power – 5:40-41

    • Not to be revered personally – Acts 3:12, 14:11-16


Why believe2
Why Believe?

  • Eyewitnesses

  • The changed lives of the apostles

  • The empty tomb


The empty tomb
The empty tomb

  • Thousands in Jerusalem were converted, and Jesus’ enemies couldn’t stop it.

  • The Jews couldn’t produce the body of Jesus.

    • The tomb’s location was known.

    • It was sealed and heavily guarded. Matthew 27:63-66

    • Had to tell lies to explain its emptiness. Matthew 28:11-15


Be saved today
Be saved today!

  • Believe – John 8:24, Romans 10:9-10

  • Confess – Romans 10:10

  • Repent – Luke 13:3

  • Be Baptized – Mark 16:16

  • Be Faithful – Hebrews 5:9, 3:12


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