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Beyond Reasonable Doubt

“Beyond Reasonable Doubt” is a phrase used in court rooms and coined by the justice system, but can this phrase apply to the Bible? In this message Pastor John describes the proof of Jesus resurrection beyond reasonable doubt.

March 14, 2021 | Pastor John Hill
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Jesus Skeptic

“Beyond Reasonable Doubt”

Key Verse

“And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.” 1 Corinthians 15:13

Reflect on What You’ve Heard

  1. What is the difference between reasonable and unreasonable doubts?
  2. What happens in our lives when we treat unreasonable doubts as reasonable?
  3. What reasonable doubts are there for the religion of atheism?
  4. What reasonable doubts are there for the religion of Christianity?
  5. What evidence do Christians have that Jesus actually rose from the grave?
  6. Why does Jesus’ rising from the grave even matter to our faith?
  7. Do you believe it takes more faith to believe in Jesus’ resurrection or to reject it? Why or why not?

CHALLENGE: Equip yourself with the knowledge on how to answer skeptic’s hard questions.  If you are a skeptic, research Jesus’s resurrection for yourself.

Pray it Out

Thank you for the evidence that you give me to know that what you say is true! Help me to live my life in accordance with what you have said and to confidently live in the truth, amen.

Key Scriptures

  • Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. 2 It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message​ I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place. 3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the​ Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. 5 He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. 6 After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at onetime, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
  • At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.)” Luke 2:1-2
  • So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus. 33 But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs. 34 One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out.​” John 19:32-34
  • For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes.” 2 Peter 1:16 
  • “Death is swallowed up in victory.​ 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:54b-55
  • For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:56-57