Resurrection Sunday School Lesson With Sample Questions

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The disciples were despondent. They had lost all hope. Their Lord and Master Jesus had been killed. They thought that this was the end of the story. The expected Messiah came, died and was now gone. They thought the ending would be different. It was not until Jesus came and was seen again by the disciples that they finally understood that death can not hold the Son of God. The passion of the Christ was a necessary means to the end; it made eternal life possible. They now understood that those who died in the faith before Christ’s return would live again.

The passion of the Christ was a necessary means to the end; it made eternal life possible.

The disciples believed, at first, that they would be alive at the time that Jesus Christ would come again to begin the reign of the Kingdom of God. As they neared the end of their own lives, they began to see that they might have to die before Christ returned. But death could not hold what Christ had wrought. He had conquered death. And someday Jesus would call forth their names, like Lazarus, to “come forth”. If Jesus had not specified Lazarus’ name when calling him back to life, all the dead in Christ would have risen at His command. He has the power to restore life for He is the author of it; the Alpha and Omega. Let’s study to find out why the resurrection is of critical importance to the believer and to Christians who are now in their graves, and to those who have yet to be born again as believers.

Resurrection Sunday School Lesson – Seven Sample Questions

1. Why is the resurrection important to Christians and their faith?

Read I Corinthians 15:32b
If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

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2. I Corinthians can be termed the Resurrection Chapter because it provides reasons for the resurrection’s importance. What are these reasons?

Read I Corinthians 15:12-14
12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.

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3. How is the resurrection vital to a Christian’s faith?

Read I Corinthians 15:18-19
18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

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4. What is the difference between a “natural body” and a “spiritual body” that Paul talks about in I Cor. 15:44-49?

Read I Corinthians 15:44-49
44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.

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5. What is the mystery that Paul talks about concerning the resurrection of believers?

Read I Cor. 15:50-54
50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

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6. When does this resurrection of the believer come, whether they are dead or alive?

Read I Thessalonians 4:13:18
13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

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7. Are Christian’s saved by Jesus’ death, His resurrection, or both?

Read Romans 5:9-10
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

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The resurrection is pivotal to the Christian’s faith. If Christ was not resurrected, then how can believers count on it? If Christ was not raised from the dead, how could Christian’s have hope of the same? At a funeral the other day I read about the hope of the resurrection. Christians do not grieve as the world grieves without hope of ever seeing their dearly departed loved ones again. For believers, death is not the end. It is truly only the beginning. It is not goodbye, it is see you later.

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Chanah July 23, 2012 at 10:02 am

Now I have some questions that are important, I believe.
Why did the Church (Catholic) in 325 AD, at the council of Nicene, changed the day of Worship from the true Shabbat day, (Friday Eve to Suturday Eve) for Sundays? Nowhere in the Scriptures are we told to do so, only G-d can change the days, He gave us certain days FORVER, they even changed the Feast of the L-rd, even at Christ return, we will have to obey the Feast of Tabernacle, (Sukkot). At the beginning of Christianity ALL the new Believers worshipped on the Shabbat, Paul taught on the Shabbat, not until 325 Ad did the Roman Emperor Constantine changed the day of the Shabbat and the days of the Holy Feasts of G-d.” What G-d has ordered let no man put assunder”. Man has replaced G-d order of things. There is no Jewish roots left. What is the church nurrishment? The Emperor Constantine hated the Jews, even the Believing ones, he was anti – Semite, the council ordered the Believing Jews not to Worship on Shabbat, not to celebrate Passover or any of the feasts of the L-rd under the death penalty, now that was merely 300, not even after Y’shua’s (Jesus) death. I don’t understand that mind set! Jesus celebrated the Feasts, He preached on the Shabbat. If we are to emulate Him, shouldn’t we ourselves, do as He did?

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Jack Wellman July 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Are we saved by the Law? What if we all kept the Sabbath laws today? Are you prepared to stone someone for traveling just about 1 mile which was punishable by death? Are you saying that we can not prepare meals on Saturday the Sabbath because that’s what the Law demands. Are you prepared to keep the whole Law for James says whoever stumbles on one point of the Law breaks all of the Law? Are we saved by the Law or by grace? Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath and yet He and His disciples went thru the fields picking corn and stripped kernels off to eat…this was breaking the Sabbath Law. Do you emulate Him in this? Do you travel more about 1 mile to Sabbath services? Is everyone saved by observing the Sabbath or if they don’t observe it, are they eternally condemned?

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Lauren Fouts April 28, 2014 at 11:04 am

Excellent questions and a more than excellent answer. Although observing many of the commandments in the OT could be accomplished, it would require more rules than most, if not all of us, would find almost impossible.

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Jack Wellman April 28, 2014 at 11:08 am

Amen….the Law of the Ten Commandments show us what sin is and the impossibility of keeping them but thankfully, Jesus kept what we could not and took the punishment that we could not bear. Thanks Mrs. Fouts.

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bc December 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Your comment as to Rome changing the sabbath, no Rome did not, the sabbath is still the sabbath friday Eve. to Saturday Eve.

Justin Martyr in his letters is very clear that we Christians always have met on Sunday the Lords Day and Justin lived over 200 yrs before Catholicism comes into existence.

I would assume your into Hebrew name movement or 7th day Adventist so here is Justin’s words learn from the church early fathers your 19th cent error and false understanding of Historical Christianity;

Justin Martyr 150 AD;

*Weekly worship of the Christians*

And we afterwards continually remind each other of these things. And the wealthy among us help the needy; and we always keep together; and for all things wherewith we are supplied, we bless the Maker of all through His Son Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Ghost. And on the day called *Sunday*, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things.
Then we all rise together and pray, and, as we before said, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the president in like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings, according to his ability, and the people assent, saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each, and a participation of that over which thanks have been given, and to those who are absent a portion is sent by the deacons. And they who are well to do, and willing, give what each thinks fit; and what is collected is deposited with the president, who succours the orphans and widows and those who, through sickness or any other cause, are in want, and those who are in bonds and the strangers sojourning among us, and in a word takes care of all who are in need.
*But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Saviour on the same day rose from the dead.* For He was crucified on the day before that of Saturn (Saturday); and on the day after that of Saturn, which is the day of the Sun, having appeared to His apostles and disciples, He taught them these things, which we have submitted to you also for your consideration.

Justin is no Roman Catholic and is writing to the Emperor to stop Rome from killing Christians based on false testimony of cannibalism in the early church, your church has a false teaching on sabbath worship and we Christians show allegiance to The Christ not the Law that is why Paul wrote Galatians! Another error is to call the Lords day the Sabbath the Lords Day is not the Sabbath the Scriptures remark that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath but that is not the same say8ing as the Lords Day which is His Resurrection and also the Day of The Lord which is the future second coming of Christ is also not the same day as the Lords day.

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Jack Wellman December 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm

BC…spot on my friend. Most excellent response to Chanah’s commwent. Well said. Thank you.

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