20181216 preparing post

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word.

You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.

Carefully Think

  • Read 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. What are the key or repeated words in this passage? What transitions take place with believers’ bodies in the future resurrection?
  • What is indicated about the Kingdom of God and the believer’s entrance into it?
  • Those who are already dead at the time of the resurrection, in what form will they be raised? What about those who are still alive when this occurs? What does vs. 53 state about the necessity of this transition?
  • What is the “victory” the author speaks of? How is this victory attained?
  • What conclusion does the author draw about the present life in light of our future hope?
  • The Sermon Study equipping class notes are available online for anyone wanting to dig deeper. Please review this week's notes to help study this passage. Click here for the notes.

Prayerfully Meditate

  • How often do you think of your life now as “perishable”?  How many of your daily actions reveal your hope in an imperishable life to come?
  • When or how quickly does this passage refer to this transition as taking place?
  • Considering what is stated in vs. 56-57, what have believers received and avoided through Christ?
  • What portion of your life should be impacted by the practical encouragement in vs. 58?  How should you view your life overall, including ministry to others?