In this message, Ryan Smith explores the vital question of ‘What is the Gospel?’ from 1 Corinthians 15:1-8.
When Vasco da Gama first rounded what was known then as the ‘Cape of Storms’, he went where no man had ever been and became the first to live to tell of what he found far out in the East. When Jesus rose from the dead, never to die again, he also came back to tell us what lays beyond the veil of death. Yet some in the church at Corinth were having significant doubts about the resurrection, and this led Paul to write to them in 1 Corinthians 15:1-34 about the facts of the resurrection and by doing so, remind these believers that the resurrection is vital to the Christian faith. Abandoning belief in the resurrection was to deny the very tenets of the faith and miss out on all that Jesus came to do for the salvation of God’s people.
In this message Rev Philip Burns preaches from 1 Corinthians 3 and highlights some of the problems caused by party spirit in the church at Corinth. There is a great danger in over-estimating the importance of the worker compared to the gospel. Believers must also rightly estimate the materials we are using to build on the foundation of the gospel. We must also not underestimate that all that we build must pass the test of God’s final fiery judgement.