First Fruits and Bad Company 

1 Cor. 15:20-34

Transformation Questions:

  • From the last few sermons on the resurrection, what is your biggest takeaway?
  • What does it mean that Jesus is the first-fruit of the resurrection?
    • Jesus is the first person to be raised from the dead to go to heaven.
  • In the Bible, Christ is called the second Adam. Read Romans 5:15-21 and 1 Corinthians 15:21-22. 
    • Discuss what the first Adam brought into the world and the impact it had on humanity.
      • The first Adam brought death because of his sin. We were all then born into that sin. Adam’s sin is counted to all humanity as if we did the sin ourselves.
    • Some people say, “if you lived a perfect life and never sinned, you will go to heaven.” Based on this in Romans 5:18-19, discuss whether or not you believe that to be true.
      • This is false. Even if you could hypothetically live a perfect life, you still have the sin your father Adam credited against you. 
    • Why do you think it is essential that Jesus was born of a virgin through the Holy Spirit and does not have an earthly father?
      • Because if Jesus had an earthly Father, He would have been stained with Adam’s sin. Instead, Jesus’ father is God. Jesus was born fully God, and fully man, and He could actually live a perfect life and be the sacrifice for all of humanity.
    • What does it mean that Adam’s act of sin was credited to all who came after him? What does it mean that Jesus’ act of obedience was credited to all who put their faith in him?
  • Why would it have been a sacrifice for the people to give from the first fruits?
    • Because they were not promised that there would be another good harvest. Giving out of the people’s first harvest would have been an act of faith.
  • What is the difference in a person giving from their first fruits or out of their abundance?
  • When we consider how you give to God, would you say that you give out of the abundance or what comes in first? Do you think it is important for us today to give our first fruits?
  • In 1 Corinthians 15:33-34, Paul calls the believer to wake up because “bad company corrupts good character.” What are some people or situations that you have been woken up from?

Service

Every year, Tabernacle helps serve Ennis in many different ways. One way we serve is by giving the band parents a night off at the concession stands so they can watch their kiddos perform on Senior Night. This year, Senior Night is Friday, November 8th. If you are available to serve, please follow the link https://tabernaclefamily.org/hub/?sapurl=Lys3eDI4L2xiL2V2LytxeHZnaDg3P2JyYW5kaW5nPXRydWUmZW1iZWQ9dHJ1ZQ==.

If you have any Tabernacle gear, please wear it so that the community will know who we are serving the school and the band parents. 

Enter the entrance by the scoreboard on the home side, and your name will be on a list. You will get in free.