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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!

Jul 12, 2021

In the game of Jenga, each participant takes a turn pushing out a wooden block until one player finally removes that one piece which causes the entire tower to collapse.  This fun and engaging game is also a metaphor for life, systems and organizations; "when the one essential building block is removed, everything falls apart.
This applies to the Christian faith as well.  There is one key "Jenga block" which supports everything in Christianity, and if it were to be removed, everything would collapse.  Do you know what it is?  It's the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  Here's how the apostle Paul describes how essential the resurrection is:
"And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith." ~ 1 Corinthians 15:14 
According to Paul, if Jesus is still dead, your faith is useless.  That's a really big deal!  Every person needs to take the time and explore the evidence as to why we can believe with confidence that Jesus has been resurrected from the dead (Paul provides evidence in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8)  So, if the resurrection of Jesus from the dead is true, how does that impact the way we live our lives?

What it means is if your life is built upon the resurrection of Jesus, no matter how many other blocks are removed, the "Jenga tower" of your life will never topple!  If your entire life system is built upon an immovable truth like the resurrection of Jesus, no matter what force you face or obstacle that is thrown against you, your faith will still stand because Jesus is alive!  The lyrics of the old Bill and Gloria Gaither gospel song still ring true:  "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow"

Do you want to learn more about how the resurrection helps us face tomorrow?  Check out the conclusion of our sermon series, Beyond Belief, we know you will find it to be helpful!