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Why is the resurrection so crucial to the Christian faith?


Study and Discussion Questions

  1. All of the Gospels place a heavy emphasis on the resurrection of Jesus. Why?
  2. Miserable without resurrection? In 1 Cor. 15:17-19 Paul states that we would be of all people most miserable if it were not for the resurrection hope. Is that true for all Christians? How would Christians be “motivated” if it were not for the resurrection hope?
  3. Why does the modern mind find the resurrection hope such a difficult one?
  4. The boundary between what we know and what we don’t. In 1 Corinthians 15:20-23, Paul touches on that mysterious boundary between that which we know and see and that which we cannot know or see. The resurrection is a good example of that tension between a concrete hope and a world which knows little of such a hope. Are there other aspects of the Christian faith that also involve that boundary between the known and the unknown?