Resurrection Life

2015 TGC National Conference

In this 52-minute session from the 2015 Gospel Coalition National Conference, Voddie Baucham works through 1 Corinthians 15:35–58, showing the profound practical importance of the resurrection for believers. Voddie is Pastor at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX and author of Family Driven Faith and Family Shepherds

  • Resurrection life transforms our anthropology.
  • Resurrection life transforms our soteriology.
  • Resurrection life transforms our missiology. 

How does an understanding of the resurrection affirm the dignity of human life?
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Voddie spoke about the innate sense that human beings carry a special value or worth. He used the example of the quiet and uneasy feeling that you have when you pass by an auto accident where it appears someone may have died. 

How can you use this innate sense of the value of a human life to point a non-believer to the gospel?
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How would you explain the importance of Christ's sinless death to someone who has never heard the gospel?
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There is a strong human impulse to avoid death—whether it's manifested in quests for the fountain of youth or being frozen upon death, waiting for some future revival. How does the gospel point to both the futility of death avoidance and the hope of ultimate victory over spiritual death?
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1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)

58Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 Because of the resurrection, we know that our labor in the Lord is not in vain. 
  1. Our labor means that the true, effectual gospel goes forth.
    The proclamation of gospel truth is never in vain. Our success is not measured by numerical achievement, but by faithfulness to the gospel.
  2. Our labor conforms us to the image of Christ.
    Resurrection life means we've been raised to walk in holiness and righteousness. We have hope in the power of deliverance from our sins.
  3. Our labor prepares us for His coming.
    We prepare others to meet God—our preaching, teaching, encouragement, exhortation is meant to prepare brothers and sisters for eternity.
  4. Our labor gives us hope.
    Only in light of the resurrection can we speak comfort to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one from an untimely death. 

Where do you feel that your work in the Lord is in vain? How can you find renewed strength for this work in light of the resurrection?
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If Christ has not been raised from the dead, indeed, we are to be pitied above all people. We are a people without hope. But, He has risen! We are not without hope! Because, for those who are in Christ, we have been buried in a death like His, and raised to newness of life with Him.

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