A More Complete Faith

New Philly Itaewon
Preached by Marcus Corpening on March 27, 2016, Sunday.
Duration: 35 minutes (audio)

Overview

The Apostle Paul makes it clear in his writings that without the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death, our faith is incomplete. However, most Christians never take a moment to understand exactly why Jesus’ resurrection from the grave is so important. The truth of the incarnation and the cross – that God became man, and that as a man God died on the cross speaks to the nearness of who he is, and yet the truth of the resurrection speaks to His all-surpassing power available in our lives. God is both immanent (among us), as well as transcendent (above us) – and as those conformed to His image and likeness we must also learn to live in the same way.

Discussion Questions

CG questions written by Marcus Corpening.

  1. Read 1 Cor. 15:13-19 as a group. What does Paul say about the resurrection of the dead and its relationship to our Christian faith and activity?
  2. The gospel story (and Christianity in general) is made up of two important facets: Immanence and Transcendence. Immanence is the concept that the divine manifests in the world – that God is with us. What religions or faith groups did P. Marcus say believe in immanence, but not transcendence? Read Matthew 1:23, John 1:14 and Phil. 2:5-8. How does Jesus differ in comparison when it comes to the concept of immanence?
  3. From the sermon, define as a group the concept of transcendence. P. Marcus also stated that some major world religions believe in transcendence, but not immanence. Name a few as a group. Where in the Gospel narrative is Jesus’ transcendance evident?
  4. P. Marcus stated that we often times experience a crisis of faith when we believe in Jesus’ transcendence, but not his immanence, or his immanence, but not his transcendence. Our culture today either swings from one end to the other – yet Jesus manifests both fully in who he is. Jesus overcame the weaknesses of transcendence through his immanence (the incarnation and cross), and the weaknesses of immanence through his transcendence (through the resurrection). What do you struggle more to believe in, his immanence, or his transcendence? Why do you think that is? How does that struggle manifest itself in your everyday life?
  5. Refer back to Phil 2:5-8, and read Galatians 2:20 and Romans 8:11. What do these passages say about how we should live, keeping the concepts of immanence and transcendance in mind? What is the result when we live to one extreme or the other as a believer? Discuss which way you naturally lean in your ministry to other people – are you immanent or transcendent – and what that looks like when you relate to others. What can you do to love more like Jesus?

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