Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

DAY 3: Restoration

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1 Peter 3:15-16

These kinds of reasons to trust in the Resurrection, and the other six which follow on coming Mondays, cannot replace an encounter with Jesus, but they can pave the way for one. We may know or meet people who find the idea of the Resurrection difficult. They are in good company! The first male disciples struggled to accept it until they had experiences, that were powerful and compelling, with the Resurrected One. We are encouraged to have reason for the hope that lives within us, and we are encouraged to present those reasons with gentleness and reverence.

How well does your faith stand up to skepticism?
How would you gently defend your faith in the Resurrection?

DAY 2: Restoration Reason Two

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1 Corinthians 1:15

Every Christian should regularly read this great chapter from Paul's letter to the church at Corinth. It summarizes why the members and leaders of the early church trusted in the truth and reality of the Resurrection. In verses 1-20, Paul makes a stunning move: he rests the entire validity of the Christian movement on the historical reality of Jesus' bodily resurrection. He produces a list of witnesses to the resurrection appearances of Jesus, and in doing so invite skeptics to question him. He rules out understanding the Resurrection as an internal or psychological phenomena and insists that the Christian movement has no point, no power, no proclamation, and no purpose without a genuine Resurrection. Christians lie in their claims, falsely represent God, and become objects of scorn and pity, if this one truth fails. Subsequent attempts to refrain the Easter event as a mass delusion, myth, or fabrication, run counter to the way early followers experienced and described it. They trusted and proclaimed an historical event.

There is no real Christianity without a real resurrection. Do you agree?

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