Why we can believe in the Resurrection and what difference it makes POHFW

Why we can believe in the Resurrection and what difference it makes POHFW

Preparing our Hearts to Worship


In an effort to help you prepare for the April 1, 2018, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on the The Resurrection of Jesus Christ. I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “Why we can believe in the Resurrection and what difference it makes” The main Scripture for the day are 1Peter 1:3-7.


(Pick and choose from the many resources and options, which I have tried to make available for your devotional life.)


From the Scriptures


You can read or listen to them here.

 (If you choose to read all of 1Peter it will take roughly 40 minutes.)


From the Creeds and Confessions



 Heidelberg Catechism Q45

How does Christ’s resurrection benefit us?

A. First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, so that he might make us share in the righteousness he obtained for us by his death.

Second, by his power we too are already raised to a new life.

Third, Christ’s resurrection is a sure pledge to us of our blessed resurrection.  

Heidelberg Catechism Q43

What further benefit do we receive from Christ’s sacrifice and death on the cross?

A. By Christ’s power our old selves are crucified, put to death, and buried with him, so that the evil desires of the flesh may no longer rule us, but that instead we may offer ourselves as a sacrifice of gratitude to him.


From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church


Low in the Grave He Lay (Up from the Grave he Arose): Lyrics, Video

Glorious Day (Casting Crowns): Lyrics, Video

Christ is Risen (Maher): Lyrics, Video



For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study


Read or watch the Craig-Ehrman Debate on the historical evidence for the resurrection. 

Read Ian Hutchinson’s three hypothesis about why he can believe in the resurrection.  Hutchinson is a Nuclear Science and Engineering Prof at MIT. 

Read the Case for Christ’s resurrection at Xenos.org

Consider comparing the Historical Reliability of Buddha and Jesus in this article.





The Sermon will be available online on April 1, 2018 at 12:30 pm.



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