1 Corinthians 15:1-2
15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
What is the most important thing about you? Is it the size of your bank account, your career, your family, or your nationality? What is it? I want you to know that according to Scripture, the most important thing about you is the cosmic reality of your worth as demonstrated by God’s willingness to die on the cross for you.
This is the way 1 Cor 15 begins. “I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and ON WHICH YOU HAVE TAKEN YOUR STAND.”
There is only one thing in your life that you can stand on, rely on, hope in and trust in, and that is the gospel as preached by the Apostle Paul and hundreds of generations of believers since the time of Jesus. The gospel is both the best news and the worst news of all. It is the worst news because it tells us that our sin was so bad God had to die, but the best news because it says to us that God was willing to die!
The first major truth of this chapter I want us to deal with is that the most important thing about you as taught us by this gospel is that LIFE HAS MEANING.
What the gospel teaches about the meaning of life:
1. Life has substance
By this I mean that the fact that Jesus died for me gives my life a purpose, something to life for and even die for.
If it is true that God exists, loves us and died for us, then everything means everything. But if it is not true, then everything means nothing..
2. Life has direction
Notice Paul says to hold firmly to what you believe and if these things did not happen, you have believed in vain. The gospel is what gives your life a sense of direction. It is what points us forward. Christianity is the only religion in the world that is a futuristic religion. It is always moving you forward in the direction of eternity.
We know where we are going and how the story ends, and it is a good ending.
3. Life has worth
Finally, the gospel teaches us that life has worth. How do you know what something is worth? The anger is “by what someone is willing to pay.” God was willing to give His life for you, and that truth is what makes life valuable and meaningful.
What does this passage say to us about what is most important?
- Why is the gospel the most important thing about us?
- How does the gospel give life substance?
- Why do you believe Paul was giving the church this reminder?
- Do we need reminding?
- What happens when we forget what is most important?
- How does this passage teach us about human value and worth?
Why is this important?