By Michael C. Mack
1. On a scale of 1 (total skeptic) to 5 (believe everything without question), where would you rate yourself? Why?
Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22.
2. The Greeks in Corinth did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, and this skepticism had crept into the church there. Why was (and is) this an issue of “first importance” for the church?
3. What proofs did Paul give for the resurrection?
4. People who were still living at the time of Paul’s writing saw the resurrected Jesus. Why is that a compelling proof, even today?
5. Are you, or have you ever been, skeptical about Jesus’ resurrection? What barriers have you had to this belief?
6. What contrasts are there between Adam and Jesus (vv. 20–22)? Why did Paul bring this up in this context? Why was this so vital for people to understand?
7. Discuss the hope you have because of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. End in prayer, thanking Jesus and praising God for the hope you have.
Michael Mack leads church training events and consults with churches through his ministry, Small Group Leadership (www.smallgroupleadership.com).