Grow Deep: Unlikely Outcomes Edition

Grow Deep - Unlikely Outcomes Edition

“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the first fruits; then, when He comes, those who belong to Him.” - 1 Corinthians 15:22-23

The miracle of the resurrection of Jesus is at the heart of our faith. “If Christ is not raised,” writes St. Paul, “your faith is futile.” (1 Corinthians 15:17) But if the resurrection is really true, then everything changes. An “Easter faith,” believing in the resurrection, opens the door of “unlikely” outcomes. When we confess, “I believe in the resurrection of the dead,” we are not merely laying claim on a future insurance policy to be collected after death. We are making a claim on the power of Christ and His resurrection to change everything today, tomorrow, and for eternity.

This issue of Grow Deep begins with Easter Sunday and points us to some of the unlikely outcomes of the resurrection of Jesus. Each week begins with a post-resurrection encounter with Jesus. Then, throughout the week, we read from one of the New Testament epistles that are often called, “The General Epistles” because they are not addressed to a specific audience. Both Hebrews and First Peter are letters encouraging Christians who have tasted the victory of the resurrection to “grow deep” and consider the unlikely implications of the resurrection for their lives. They challenge those of us who have been raised with Christ to live out this unlikely new life that is constantly changing because of the power of the resurrection. We are invited to step into this Easter season fully expecting the unlikely promise of the Bible that we are the bountiful offering and harvest of the monumental event of the resurrection.

The last week of this edition we will turn our focus to one chapter of the Bible … the one that is often called the “resurrection chapter,” 1 Corinthians 15. Here we will unwrap the resurrection with the conviction that we will never be moved from this resurrection faith. Yes, even more, we will become Christ’s unlikely servants who will always give ourselves fully to our labors. We know that in the resurrection of Jesus, they are unlikely … in fact, “never” in vain!

As we read and reflect on God’s Word for us each day, we will discover our full value in the eyes of the Resurrected Christ. Through Him we will explore the “unlikely” outcomes of His resurrection in our own lives.

Grow deep in the Resurrected Christ!

The Adult Ministry Team

We thank the following who shared their insights with us in this issue:

Julie Bode, Pastor Bill Geis, Edie Grieshaber, Barbara Guiley, Billy Klug, and Glenn Sprich.