The Sermon That Shocked Everyone

Jesus Christ Was Raised from the Dead

Christian brothers, I want to tell the Good News to you again. It is the same as I preached to you before. You received it and your faith has been made strong by it. This is what I preached to you. You are saved from the punishment of sin by the Good News if you keep hold of it, unless your faith was worth nothing.

First of all, I taught you what I had received. It was this: Christ died for our sins as the Holy Writings said He would. Christ was buried. He was raised from the dead three days later as the Holy Writings said He would. Christ was seen by Peter. After that, the twelve followers saw Him. After that, more than 500 of His followers saw Him at one time. Most of them are still here, but some have died. After that, James saw Christ. Then all the missionaries saw Him. Last of all, Christ showed Himself to me as if I had been born too late. For I am the least important of all the missionaries. I should not be called a missionary because I made it so hard for God’s church. I am different now. It is all because of what God did for me by His loving-favor. His loving-favor was not wasted. I worked harder than all the other missionaries. But it was not I who worked. It was God’s loving-favor working through me. It makes no difference how you heard the Good News. It could have been through the other missionaries or through me.

The important thing is this:
We preached the Good News to you
and you believed it.

1 Corinthians 15:1-11


The Sermon That Shocked Everyone


Rise up, oh men of God!
Having done with lesser things

Give heart and mind and soul and strength
to serve the King of Kings!

Rise up, oh men of God!
The Kingdom tarries long
Bring in the day of brotherhood
And end the night of wrong

Rise up, oh men of God!
The church for you doth wait
Her strength unequal to her task
Rise up and make her great

Lift high the cross of Christ
Thread where His feet have trod
As brothers of the Son of Man
Rise up, oh men of God!

William P. Merrill


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