Series: The Office
The Last Adam
July 18, 2021 | Adam Fisher
1 Corinthians 15:42-57
Have you ever wondered what the resurrection of the dead will look like? There were some people in the church at Corinth that didn’t believe in the resurrection of the dead and others who were questioning. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul answers these questions and gives a defense that brings us to the core of Christianity. Most everyone knows about the first Adam (Adam and Eve), but have you ever heard of the Last Adam? We are going to explore the difference between the two and how that affects our responsibilities today.
Here are some questions that we hope you'll take a few minutes to think through and answer.
There were some people in the church at Corinth that didn’t believe in the resurrection of the dead. Do you think the resurrection of the dead is an essential doctrine in Christianity today? 1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Living now in the “natural”, what are some ways you fight the battle spiritually? Eph 6
What does our victory in Christ mean to you; and does it affect the way you live your life now? 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
Paul encourages us in 1 Corinthians 15:58 to be steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord. Do you have any encouraging stories from your life or someone else life that pertain to this verse? 1 Corinthians 15:58
Is it more difficult to be steadfast, immovable, and abound in the work of the Lord or to embrace grace when you don’t? Why?
“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.” 1 Timothy 3:1
The great promise of Scripture is that Jesus is building his church. God calls ministers and presents these servants as gifts to the church. The Orchard is actively involved with several men exploring a call or sense a call to ministry. As we look to the future, we are committed to discipling servant leaders and nurturing their growth in knowledge, character, vision, and skills. The ministry is not to be entered into lightly. Hebrews tells us that pastors "will have to give an account" to the Lord (Hebrews 13:17).
What does it mean to aspire to "the office" of overseer? How does someone know if they are called to be a pastor? Is it a voice from heaven or a vision that confirms one's call to serve the church this way? God gathers, saves, sanctifies, and sustains his people by his Word. Only God can call a true minister, and only he can grant the gifts necessary for service. In the coming weeks, you will have the opportunity to hear from some of the men involved in pastoral training. These men are seeking to understand THE OFFICE.