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What's on your Bucket List?

The Question

  • Why do we try to cram so much into this life when we have a whole other life in a new heaven and new earth?
  • What are we missing in this life by trying to cram so much in?


They believed in Jesus’ Resurrection, but not in their own

1 Corinthians 15:12

But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 
  • Greek Philosophy
  • Natural Skeptism
  • Christian Triumphalism
1 Corinthians 4:8

Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have begun to reign—and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you!


1. Believe the Gospel

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

  • Jesus died for our sin (and was buried)
  • Jesus arose from the dead (and appeared to many)

2. Look forward to the Resurrection of the Body

1 Corinthians 15:35-37

But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.
  • A seed of wheat first “dies” and then becomes a stalk of grain
  • First death then resurrection
  • Something similar, but way better
1 Corinthians 15:42-44

 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
  • Natural BODY to Spiritual BODY
1 Corinthians 15:50-57

I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

3. Do the Work of the Lord

1 Corinthians 15:58

 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
  • As important as your bucket list may be, the work of the Lord is more important
- The Work of the Lord (FOR SURE!)
- And if I get around to it (IN THIS LIFE) Calgary to Vancouver/Victoria
Matthew 6:33

Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Our preferred version ...

Matthew 6:33

Seek first all these things, and the kingdom and his righteousness will be given to you as well.


  • Why do we try to cram so much into this life when we have a whole other life in a new heaven and new earth?
  • What are YOU missing in this life by trying to cram so much in?

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