Study 12 of 13 on The Teachings of Jesus
“Our human culture and tradition provides death with more pride than it really deserves. All our rituals and rites surround death in misplaced honor…when in actuality we ought to celebrate life while it exists. Donne said it best when he wrote “Death be not proud” in that great poem he highlights it is but a “short sleep” then death will be no more. Death, like sin, is a product of error… the resurrection is the correction of that and takes us back to completion.” –Falvo Fowler
Scriptural Basis: Matt. 5:22, 29; Luke 8:54, 55; John 1:1–4; 5:28, 29; 11:11, 38–44.
Key Text: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live’ ” (John 11:25, NKJV).
1. Why is the teaching of the resurrection so crucial?
2. What are some of the dangers inherent in the idea of the immortality of the soul?
3. Without a belief in the immortality of the soul, how are we to understand the parable of the rich man and Lazarus? (Luke 16:19–31).
4. What is the relationship between Christ’s resurrection and ours?
5. How might believers ensure that they have part in the first and not the second resurrection?
6. How can we learn to trust in God’s promises about eternal life, even though for now, death seems to be the victor?