“Imagine there’s no heaven. It’s easy if you try. No hell below us. Above us only sky. Imagine all the people living for today… You may say that I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us. And the world will be as one.”
The above words are from a song written and performed by John Lennon in 1971 (during his solo career after the Beatles). It expresses the sentiment of many people in our world… live for today.
Similar to the Corinthians, many people are living for today. The pagan philosophy of ‘no resurrection’ had permeated the church. Though the Gospel is based on the resurrection of Jesus, many rejected the resurrection of believers. But if we reject the resurrection, it leads to many horrible conclusion. So this Sunday I want to defend the doctrine of the resurrection of believers.
I will continue a four-part sermon series called: Finding Hope. It is based on 1 Corinthians 15. This week, my message is “The Gospel Defended” from 1 Corinthians 15:12-34.
One of the critiques against Christianity is that believers can become “so heavenly minded they are no earthly good.” I suppose that may be true. But I have discovered that the Christians who have their focus on eternity make the biggest impact on the lives of people and the world around them. We best prepare for eternity by making today better. Life does not end with death for a believer in Jesus. Those who value the next life place great value on the present life.
I hope you will join me and discover the power and peace in the resurrection. Especially if you have loved ones who have died, you will rejoice with the hope of eternal life. If you are unsure of your eternal life, I encourage you to at least investigate the truth and make your decision based on what you discover. Like many, you may find that real life begins at the empty grave of Jesus.
Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.