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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 257/260: Paul

Read Acts 24:22-27; 25:18-19; 1 Corinthians 15:12-19

The Importance Of The Resurrection

Paul was arrested and sent to Caesarea to stand trial before Felix. Felix found no reason to punish Paul, but still left him in chains to appease the Jews. Paul had an opportunity to preach to Felix and his wife Drusilla, and he spoke “about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come” (Acts 24:25). Just as Felix refused to make a decision about Paul’s criminal case, he refused to make a decision about his own spiritual condition. For two years Paul was held, though he was innocent of all charges.

Then Festus came to office. The Jews wanted Festus to hear Paul’s case, and the governor was disappointed that the matter was nothing more than a religious dispute “about a certain Jesus, who had died, whom Paul affirmed to be alive” (Acts 25:19). In that statement, perhaps we get a small glimpse of what kept Paul going despite his imprisonment.

Paul’s hope and faith rested in the resurrection. It was evident in his preaching. How often had Paul declared that “God raised (Jesus) from the dead” (Acts 13:30), or “that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead” (Acts 17:3)? He declared that Jesus would judge the world and that God “has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).

His hope and faith in the resurrection were also evident in Paul’s writing. He wrote, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

The hope of our resurrection rests on the Lord’s resurrection. Study 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, which teaches the futility of faith if the resurrection is not true. Paul declared, “And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power” (1 Corinthians 6:14).

Have you died to your sins and been buried in baptism? If you have, you can have the hope of eternity with Him because of His resurrection!

Always Abounding in the Work of the Lord

Always Abounding in the Work of the Lord

(1 Corinthians 15:58)

I. Powerful faith

    A. Scriptural examples (Mark 5)
    B. Developed through study and application of the Word (Romans 10:17)
    C. Faith is foundational (Hebrews 11:6; 2 Peter 1:5-8)

II. Prevailing power

    A. Scriptural examples (Jabez, Solomon, Nehemiah, Daniel, Ezra)
    B. We should pray as we work, we should pray as we prepare to work, and we should pray for others who do the work as well (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:10-20)
    C. The example of Elijah (James 5:17-18)

III. Passionate zeal

    A. “To boil with heat” (Romans 12:10-11)
    B. Zeal and preparedness (Titus 2:13-14; 3:1; Ephesians 2:10)
    C. Zeal in spreading the gospel (Mark 16:15-16; 2 Timothy 2:2)

IV. Personal love

    A. If there is no love in our work, it is all done in vain (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
    B. Love for God (Matthew 22:37-38; John 14:15)
    C. Love for others (Matthew 22:39; Romans 13:10; Ephesians 4:15)
    D. Love for self (Matthew 22:39; 1 Timothy 4:16)

V. Persistent effort

    A. Perseverance pays off (Galatians 6:9-10)
    B. The example of Paul (Philippians 3:13-14)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 191/260: Read 1 Corinthians 15

“If I ever walked through the doors of a church building, it would surely collapse.” Have you ever heard someone say something like that? Or perhaps, “There is a special place in hell reserved for sinners like me.”

Have you ever heard of Saul of Tarsus? He consented to the death of Stephen, a man “full of faith and power” (Acts 8:1; 6:8). Luke records how Saul was “breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord” and sought permission to capture them and bring them back to Jerusalem (Acts 9:1-2).

Do you know who Saul of Tarsus became? He was one of the greatest missionaries the church has ever known: Paul the apostle. Despite his former life of blasphemy, persecution, and insolence, God displayed His marvelous mercy in the life of Paul (1 Timothy 1:13).

If God could turn around the life of someone like Saul of Tarsus, He won’t cause the building to fall in on a sinner today who decides they want to get right with Him. We serve an awesome God who wants to raise us up on the last day, to change us from corruptible to incorruption, from mortal to immortality. And He has the power to do it!

Be like Paul – repent of your former sins, submit to Christ in baptism for the remission of sins, and work every day for the Lord with passion and zeal.

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

1 Corinthians 15:58. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Pray

Pray a prayer of thanksgiving to God “who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”