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Welcome to the Iowa City Church sermon and teaching page.  We know that life can be confusing, and sometime just plain hard.  We believe the best way to live life comes through following Jesus.  These lessons and sermons are designed to be a resource to help you on that journey.  We hope you find them helpful!

Apr 10, 2023

Everything about the Christian faith rests on one miraculous event, the bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the death of crucifixion. The apostle Paul puts it very bluntly in his letter to the church in Corinth as to why the resurrection is so important. He writes:

"And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied." ~ 1 Corinthians 15:17-19

The words futile and pitied, quickly grab my attention. I don't want to base my life on something that is pointless or vain, and I most certainly don't want people to pity me because I believe a fairy tale! Yet, to trust in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead means I must believe something that is supernatural. There are cemeteries of proof that regularly remind me that dead people don't physically come back to life. How can a reasonable human being believe such a miracle?

The truth no one wants to admit is every worldview is based upon the supernatural. For example, an atheist believes that matter came from nothing. For this to happen, there needs to be some type of supernatural intervention to form the matter because we all know that something doesn't come from nothing. This is why every human being needs to learn to choose their miracles well! 

What about the resurrection of Jesus, is that a believable miracle? In other words, is there enough trustworthy evidence to support his rising from the dead or do we need to believe it with blind faith?

To be a part of the conversation, give a listen to part ten of Asking for a Friend, I know you'll find it to be helpful!