Are You Ready for the Final Resurrection?

1 Corinthians 15:50-58

There are probably some Boy Scouts in our class today, so answer this question – What is the Boy Scout motto? Be Prepared

 Why is that an important motto to live by?  Think about this situation:

  • You just walked into science class, and you think your day is going pretty well until the teacher walks in the room and says, “Class close your books and put everything under your desk except for a pencil and a piece of paper.  We are having a pop quiz.”  This could be a good thing or a bad thing for you depending on how well you have prepared for class.
  • Have you ever been in this situation?  How did things turn out?

Do you realize that, spiritually speaking, every day we live our lives with the possibility of a “pop quiz”?  Are you ready?

Quick review of first couple weeks of Epic series:

  1. What is the gospel?  (I Corinthians 15:1-10)
  2. The Resurrection (I Corinthians 15:12-34)

Read I Corinthians 15:50-58.  What event is this passage describing?  (related passages – John 14:1-3; I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11)

  1.  Because of Christ’s resurrection, believers have the hope of resurrection as well.
  2. At any moment, Jesus may call His church to Himself.  This includes those believers that have not physically died yet.
  3. Believers have victory over death through Jesus Christ.

Verse 58 summarizes the application of this passage.  Given the truth and the hope of the resurrection and the rapture of the church, everyday as believers in Christ, we can…

  • Be steadfast.  What does it mean to be steadfast?
  • Be immovable.  Why is this important to the Christian life?
  • Be always abounding in the work of the Lord.  What are examples of the “work of the Lord”?

In conclusion, the key question that everyone here must honestly answer is “am I ready?”  If the instantaneous moment described in verse 52 were to occur right now, where will you be – with Jesus on your way to heaven or still on this earth wondering what just happened?

Even if the rapture doesn’t occur right now, this week or this decade, we all still live with the fact that we are human and are not promised another day.  Take this opportunity to get your questions answered and trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation if you have never made that decision.

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Johnny KjaerJohnny Kjaer
Johnny Kjaer oversees the Youth and Skatepark Ministries at Faith Church. He can often be found serving the community with the teenagers. His passion is to assist parents in training their teens to love the Lord. He and his wife, Tori, have three children; Leif, Tryggve, and Kjirsti.