The Final Enemy is Death

Sunday's Reflection Questions:

How do you feel about your own death?  Do you even, ever think about it? 

If the inevitability of death has been replaced by the reality of life, how might you now be freed to live, in light of the resurrection?

If the church is a witness to the resurrection, how are you-as part of the community- a witness to the resurrection?

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This Week’s Text: I Corinthians 15.20-26

Additional Texts:  Isaiah 25.6-9

Teaching Link"The Final Enemy is Death"

Additional Resources:  The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker; War and the American Difference, Stanley Hauerwas

Downloadable group discussion sheet: .pdf

Questions for Groups or Reflection:

Death is a reality that is all around us, and yet often, we are hesitant to acknowledge it, or deal with it directly.  We separate ourselves from the dead and dying as much as possible and we do everything that we can to ward off the inevitable.  Read through and talk about the reflection questions above.  What is your experience with death?

How old were you when your first close relative died?  What is your memory of that event?

Read Isaiah 25.6-9.  What is the sheet and the shroud?  

Despite the fascination with Satan, the Devil, etc. in our culture, according to the scripture text, the great enemy of God, man and creation is death.  Had you ever thought of that before?  What is your reaction to that?

As Paul interprets the significance of the resurrection in I Corinthians 15.20-26, he describes it as the defeat of death.  What is the implication of that interpretation?

Reflect on the significance that the following paragraph has for the church in light of the resurrection:

 

"...we are driven back to that basic conviction that in the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, the destructive powers of this world, prominent among them war, were radically overcome. " War and the American Difference, Stanley Hauerwas, pg. 41.