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1. Why is it important to know about the resurrection? A. In Hebrews 6, God explains it as a foundation of your Christianity. B. Every other religion has a prophet or stated god, but Christ is the only one that resurrected. C. Knowing that you’re going somewhere has an affect on how you’re living in the here and now. D. The religious people in the time of Jesus were even confused about the resurrection. (The Sadducees.) E. Martyrs (Christian or not) are ready to suffer in this life believing it will be better in the after life.

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2. The enemy (the devil) has been very strategic in bringing confusion about the resurrection.

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3. Simply put, the resurrection is the main ingredient of hope. A. When life throws storms and curve balls, you reach out for hope. B. The resurrection is the sun in our hope’s celestial system.

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4. Today we celebrate Easter. A. Some will celebrate with candy. B. Some think of the bunny (Easter bunny). C. Some will think that it is time to visit church again out of tradition. D. How about you? What does Easter represent for you?

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5. Easter for us is the celebration of our Savior and Lord Jesus who was born of the flesh, led by the Holy Spirit, and ultimately conquered death by the Holy Spirit. Though he was buried in a grave, the resurrection was more powerful than death itself! A. His disciples looked for his body. B. Followers were going to put spices and perfumes on his body. C. The stone was rolled away from the tomb and He resurrected from the dead.

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6. What does that mean to you? Before we go there, I have some questions that are simple to answer. A. How often do you use your reading skills? 0-10 times a day? 11 times or more a day? B. How about your math skills? 0-10 times a day? 11 times or more a day? C. How often do use your writing skills (your name included)? 0-10 times a day? 11 times or more a day? D. These are considered your elementary skills that you have built your life on—reading, writing and arithmetic.

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7. Now let us read about six elementary teachings about Christ. A. Repentance from dead works. B. Faith in God. C. Instruction of baptisms. D. Laying on of hands. E. Resurrection of the dead. F. Eternal judgment.

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Hebrew 6:1-3 NIV

Hebrews 6:1-3 NIV

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.

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8. How difficult is this life without reading, writing and arithmetic? Life in Christ will be just as difficult without knowing and understanding the resurrection of the dead.

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9. What do we know about the resurrection? A. We celebrate it on Easter. B. Jesus is the resurrection. C. The resurrection separates us from all other religions. (The resurrection is the power of God that no other faith can follow.) D. The resurrection gives us the power to live a new life.

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John 11:25-44 NIV

John 11:25-44 NIV

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?" "Yes, Lord," she replied, "I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world." After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. "The Teacher is here," she said, "and is asking for you." When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there. When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. "Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?" Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. "Take away the stone," he said. "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days." Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me." When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."

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Romans 6:4 NIV

Romans 6:4 NIV

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

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Romans 7:4-5

Romans 7:4-5 NIV

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.

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10. God has dedicated a whole chapter on the resurrection of the dead. A. Proof of His resurrection (witnesses). B. Faith without the resurrection is futile. C. If my faith is not centered (elementary) on the resurrection, then my life in Christ will lack the power God designed it to have. If I do not use the math, reading, and writing, I will not function well in life. D. Christ’s resurrection is pivotal to understand and use to live the transformed life God intended me to live.

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1 Corinthians 15:3-24 NIV

1 Corinthians 15:3-24 NIV

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed. But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.

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11. God intends our life to function in Christ. Are you dysfunctional in your understanding of the resurrection?

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To help you prepare your heart for next weekend’s message, here is a daily Bible reading schedule specific to that message. Monday Matthew 17 Tuesday Romans 8 Wednesday Mark 11 Thursday Matthew 21 Friday James 5 Saturday Invite a friend! Sunday Invite a friend!

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