Bodies in the After Life, Aug. 26-Sept. 1

1 Corinthians 15:35-58

Message Outline

Your body will be transformed  35-49

Three analogies 35-41

Seed to a plant

Different kinds of earthy bodies

Variation of heavenly bodies

Four contrasts 42-44

Perishable – imperishable

Dishonor – glory

Weakness – power

Natural – spiritual/supernatural

Adam – Christ connection 45-49

Living being – life-giving Spirit

Natural – spiritual

Earth – heaven

 

Your body will instantly be transformed in victory 50-57

In an instant at the trumpet blast

We will become imperishable and immortal

We will have victory through the Lord Jesus Christ

 

So, today, you can stand firm 58

Immovable

Give yourself fully to the Lord’s work

Knowing your work is not in vain in the Lord

 

Group Discussion Questions

  1. What are some of your questions about what our new bodies will be like, especially in terms of our current bodies?
  2. How does the analogy of ‘a seed to a plant’ (verses 37-38) give you insight into the relationship of our current body to our resurrected body? How do the analogies of various earthly and heavenly bodies help you see what our new bodies might be like as expressed in the four contrasts in verses 42-44?
  3. What are connections and contrasts between Adam and Christ, and how do those relate to our resurrected bodies? How can our resurrected body be “spiritual?”
  4. When will our bodies be transformed?
  5. In what ways will we experience “victory” in the Lord Jesus Christ?
  6. What are practical implications of the truth of resurrection according to verse 58? How can understanding the resurrection enable us to be immovable?
  7. What does it mean to give yourself fully to the work of the Lord? What could that look like in your life? What’s one step you can take in that direction?
  8. When you are discouraged how can the truth of resurrection help you?
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