Day 337

Today’s Reading I Corinthians 15-16

If Christ hasn’t been raised, then our preaching is useless and your faith is useless. We are found to be false witnesses about God, because we testified against God that he raised Christ, when he didn’t raise him if it’s the case that the dead aren’t raised. If the dead aren’t raised, then Christ hasn’t been raised either. If Christ hasn’t been raised, then your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins, and what’s more, those who have died in Christ are gone forever. If we have a hope in Christ only in this life, then we deserve to be pitied more than anyone else.   I Corinthians 15:14-19 CEB

I once was asked by someone, “Do you really believe everything in the Bible?”

This was a bait and switch type of question for what they really wanted to do was debate/argue the validity of scripture.

I turned the tables by asking the same type of pointed question that Paul asked the church in Corinth:

Forgetting everything else for the moment, allow me to ask one fundamental question for the whole manner in which you read the Bible will be skewed by how you answer the question:

Did Jesus rise from the dead?

You have to answer that question first and foremost. The rest of the debate hinges on the answer to that one question.

Christmas means nothing without an empty tomb!

Any other debate about scripture is pointless unless the tomb is empty!

So, did Jesus rise from the dead?

Your answer will change your entire world view . . .


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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