THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 99th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
LESSON TITLE: RESURRECTION HOPE
Adult/Young Adult Topic: HOPE FOR A BETTER LIFE
Printed Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 12-14, 20-23, 42-45
KEY VERSES: 1 Corinthians 15:19-20 (NLT) And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 99th Edition, 2019-2020
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: People struggle with the probability and possibility of life after death. How can resurrection from death provide life that is different from what is experienced before death? In the books of 1 Corinthians and Mark, only life through the resurrection of Christ engenders hope for authentic justice.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: On this great and wonderful day, something happened. We hold this in faith. Jesus is alive, body and soul. As risen, He draws us to one another so that as a community we can give meaning in language to the resurrection event. Although death will one day come to all, Jesus gives us the hope and the courage to face death. Paul tells us to hold firm to the future hope of God’s ultimate triumph.
PRAYER: Eternal God, we give you thanks on this day for raising from the dead our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our hope and trust is that Jesus is indeed the first fruits of them that sleep and that one day you will lift our bodies from the grave to life anew. Help us to live faithfully each day into that eschatological reality of a new body in your kingdom. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.