Of First Importance
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1–15:11
Community Group Questions:
- Paul recognized his own unworthy nature, and he did so by naming it clearly. What is it about naming our own shortcomings and being honest with ourselves that is so liberating, especially as it relates to our walk with Jesus?
- Paul gives a clear warning at the beginning of this passage, “unless you believed in vain”. What are some areas in your own life that can lead to a “vain” Christianity, which Paul seems to indicate, is no Christianity at all?
Engage the Text:
- In v.v. 3-8, Paul identifies a series of people who to whom Jesus appeared after His resurrection. What about this is so crucial to our understanding of the Gospel?
- 10 seems to present a paradox: “I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me”. How might you understand this text, especially as it relates to your own walk with Jesus?
Engage your Neighbor:
- In v. 11, Paul connects belief with the preached word. To whom are you hesitant to speak the words of the Gospel? What is keeping you from that conversation?
- How might believing in vain versus true salvation relate to how we engage our neighbors with the Good News of the Gospel in both word and deed?
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