Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Opus 2012-82, Key Scriptures: I Corinthians 15

Today Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  The Orthodox churches may pick a different date, I am not sure, but they will still celebrate it.  I have already written at length on this under Basic Beliefs:  The Resurrection.  Here I want to point out the importance of the teachings of I Corinthians 15. 

I Corinthians 13 is the Love Chapter.  Hebrews 11 is the faith chapter.  I Corinthians 15 is where you turn to learn about the hope that is in us.

Paul begins by a discussion of what he has taught them.  As in most of the New Testament letters, he is responding to false teachings.  At this point they may not have been denying the resurrection of Jesus, just the resurrection of believers.  Have you ever heard of the slippery slope?  Have you ever heard of the camel getting its nose under the edge of the tent.  This was the first step.  The others would follow.  Some things never change.
(1 Corinthians 15:12 NAS77)  Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
Even in that day there were people denying the resurrection.  So Paul gets to the heart of the matter:
(1 Corinthians 15:13-14 NAS77)  But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.
It doesn’t matter how much faith you have is Jesus was not resurrected.  It is in vain. 

Follow the logic.
(1 Corinthians 15:16-18 NAS77)  and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.  Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
The Bible does not mince words or back off from truth.  I can think of no other place in the Bible where it is so clearly stated that something must be believed.

This points out that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to our faith and hope.

Rejoice!  He is risen!

He is risen indeed!

homo unius libri


  1. Our Pastors sermon this morning was based on these exact verses.

    1. Phillip, it is good to know that there are still some churches preaching the resurrection. Blessings on you for the year.

      Grace and peace.


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