A.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important and most significant aspect
               of Christianity.

         B.  There were false teachers in Corinth who denied a bodily resurrection.

         C.  The apostle Paul pointed out to the Christians in Corinth that Christ is the example
               of a bodily resurrection.  1 Corinthians 15 (850)

         D.  Let’s first consider the question, “What if Jesus had not been resurrected?”  Then
               we will focus on several spiritual blessings we enjoy because Christ was resurrected.

     I.  What if Christ had not been resurrected?  1 Corinthians 15:12-20 (850)

          A.  Our preaching is empty or vain.  Vv12-15

          B.  Our faith is empty.  V14

          C.  There is no forgiveness of sins.  V17

          D.  There is no meaning to life.  V19

    II.  But Jesus was resurrected.  V20; Luke 24:1-9 (777)

          A.  We can know the truth.  John 8:32 (787); Romans 6:9 (833)

          B.  We can be saved.  1Corinthians 15:1-4 (850)

          C.  We can have assurance in this life.  1 Thessalonians 2:19 (873)

          D.  We can enjoy eternal life.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (874)


          A.  Hymn number 155

          B.  All spiritual blessings are available because Christ was resurrected.

          C.  Would you like to be united with Christ and His death, burial and resurrection?
                Romans 6:1-9 (833)

          D.  Those who have united with Christ and His sacrifice can look forward with great
                anticipation to an eternal victory.  1 Corinthians 15:49-58 (851)