Jan 02, 2022 |The Apostles Creed

I Believe In The Resurrection

01.02.22 | The Apostles Creed

I Believe In The Resurrection

Noel Heikkinen

1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 12-22

If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless because we are still in our sin. Are you searching for meaning and hope, when what we ultimately need is forgiveness? Pastor Noel Heikkinen reminds us that the resurrection of Jesus was not only the most important moment in history, but continues to have implications on our daily lives. Because Jesus rose from the dead and has forgiven our sins, we can put our hope in him for today and for eternity.

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“I, too, have made a wee little book from the same materials, which I call the Philosophy of Jesus; it is a paradigma of his doctrines, made by cutting the texts out of the [Bible], and arranging them on the pages of a blank book, in a certain order of time or subject. A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen; it is a document in proof that I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.”

– Thomas Jefferson


“Then they took the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now, in the place where he was crucified, there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus, and is rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.”

– Thomas Jefferson


I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel I preached to you, which you received, on which you have taken your stand and by which you are being saved, if you hold to the message I preached to you — unless you believed in vain. For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures

John 15:1-4

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say, “There is no resurrection of the dead”?

John 15:12

“When the dust hath drained the blood of a man, once he is slain, there is no resurrection.”

– Aeschylus, Eumenides


Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say, “There is no resurrection of the dead”? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is in vain, and so is your faith. Moreover, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified wrongly about God that he raised up Christ — whom he did not raise up, if in fact the dead are not raised.

John 15:12-14

For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Those, then, who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. If we have put our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone. But as it is, Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

1 Corinthians 16:16-22

As you reflect on 2021, what are some words that best describe what you experienced? How are you feeling heading into 2022?

Why do you think Paul says it’s “most important” that Jesus rose on the 3rd day?

What difference has the resurrection of Jesus made in the world and in your life?

As you read I Corinthians 15, what are some specific changes that will happen to/for believers upon death that are made possible because Jesus Himself conquered death?

Read John 20. What strikes you about John’s eyewitness account? Which person (Mary? Peter? Thomas?) do you identify most with in this story?