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Reaching the Summit and Holding On to Hope: 1 Corinthians 15 and the Resurrection

Submitted by on March 23, 2012 – 3:45 pm18 Comments

In The Word

In the Word Bible Studies from Concordia Seminary is a unique, complete electronic Bible study-in-a-box. All the materials you need to facilitate the Bible study topic are downloadable – the Student study sheets, the Leader Guides and the video presentations. This series “Reaching the Summit and Holding On to Hope: 1 Corinthians 15 and the Resurrection” is presented in five video vignettes. The first four videos feature discussion of the text of 1 Corinthians Dr. Jeffrey Gibbs with Dr. Jeffrey Kloha in a casual, fun setting. In the video for the last session, Dr. Gibbs and Rev. Gary Ellul discuss implications for hope in Christ as it applies to challenging questions of life and death. The Leader Guides and Student Handouts were written by Pastor Ellul. The flexible format allows the facilitator to complete this study in as little as one session, or up to five.

To download the videos and handouts, please visit our page in iTunesU. For more information about the Seminary’s iTunesU offerings, or how to install iTunes, please visit

To purchase a DVD of this content for offline viewing, please visit the CSL Online Store.

We offer for download both an overview of this series and a title page for handouts in PDF format. Leader and Student Guides are offered with each video, or you may download all the handouts as a ZIP file.

Part 1 – 1 Corinthians 15:1–11
The Day that Changed Everything Hope Created
(Leader Guide PDF | Student Guide PDF)


Part 2 – 1 Corinthians 15:12–28
Now and Then, But Still One Harvest
(Leader Guide PDF | Student Guide PDF)


Part 3 – 1 Corinthians 15:29–50
The Body Now and the Body to Be
(Leader Guide PDF | Student Guide PDF)


Part 4 – 1 Corinthians 15:51–58
Hope and the Resurrected Body
(Leader Guide PDF | Student Guide PDF)


Part 5 – Facing Hard Questions
With Dr. Jeff Gibbs and Rev. Gary Ellul
(Leader Guide PDF | Student Guide PDF)



  • pete lange says:

    can you say “post-easter bible class?”
    thank you very much, good sirs …

  • Jeff Schanbacher says:

    Thank you Jeffs and Gary for this study. Will use starting 4/15. He is risen indeed!

  • Jeff gibbs says:

    Well, I’m not that organized, but some people around here are!

  • Matt Staneck says:

    I mentioned this study during our Lutheranism 101 study this past Sunday and the folks want to detour and do it! I found the chapter dealing with this theme “The Last Stop” in “101” to be wanting. So organized or not, thanks for this!

  • Phil Penhallegon says:

    Thank you to all who had a hand in putting this together! How wonderful to be able to use this in the weeks following Easter Sunday. I have a talented pre-seminary student lined up to teach the adult class while I teach confirmation. He will learn and grow as he leads. The people of St Paul in Milan, MI, will edified and will know that I’m not the only one saying these things that sound strange in the context of American Christianity with its goal of simply getting to heaven.

    Praise be to God for His work through you!

  • […] The second confusion to point out is the implication that a more eschatological (and biblical) view of Christian hope would lead to the view that it’s our job to “make the world a better place.”  To be sure, there is a profound element of truth in this.  If this world actually matters, and if this fallen creation is still the work of God that He intends ultimately to cleanse and purge and redeem, then this world does matter and what we do in this world does matter.  One thinks of 1 Corinthians 3, where the beautiful work that we Christians build on the Christ-foundation will remain until and after the Judgment Day.  Or, one marvels and rejoices at the promise that comes as the resounding therefore at the end of the greatest passage on hope in the entire Bible:  “Therefore, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord—in this life, with your bodies, in this creation—your labor in the Lord is not in vain!” (1 Cor 15:58).  If this world matters, then Christians are called to care for one another and world in its needs and suffering, and to invite others to become Christians who belong to the Creator God, body and soul and all things.  (BTW, a new video-based Bible study on 1 Corinthians 15 is available from Concordia Seminary) […]

  • Matt Staneck says:

    Does CPH’s VBS go through doctrinal review? We sometimes seem to be more concerned with things we should be less concerned about and less concerned with other things we should be more concerned about.

    “Jesus Leads Us Home” is this years theme. And home is, you guessed it, “our eternal home in heaven.” Even if we grant the teaching of heaven in the context of new heavens, new earth…the vast majority of people doing this VBS and being taught the curriculum will be re-enforced in their belief of the ultimate goal being heaven in the sky. I think this is partly why it is so difficult to teach about the resurrection and new creation bc as a Synod we promote the fly away mentality.

    Yes/No/Making too much of a deal out of this?

  • Aaron Boerst says:

    Thanks again Dr.’s! The Resurrection here on the West side of MO has gotten a LOT more attention this past year, and especially this past month. Hat’s off to you guys for getting this out as we celebrate the Ressurrection of Christ and of the Dead, especially these 40 days.

    This is currently being used as my Sunday morning adult bible study focus, in light of what has been preached as of late.

    btw, i’m with Matt Staneck in expressing unease in the “Heaven is my home” emphasis being perpetuated in youth curriculum. It is kind of a big deal. The creedal confession of believing in the resurrection of the dead is constantly being attacked by the individualistic, instant spirituality of postmodernity. The paraousia is almost as inexistant in alot of proclamation as the Holy Spirit!! yikes.

    PEACE. He is Risen.

  • Jeff Gibbs says:


    It is important, and I don’t think you’re making too big of a deal about it. What it reminds us is that the shift in thinking, though conceptually easy enough, really takes a lot of time and (if this is really what the Spirit wants us to emphasize) the work of the Spirit Himself. So, in peace, we keep on trying to restore the right emphasis, and joyfully teach the great goal of all things, just as the Creeds teach us to do!

    Jeff Gibbs

  • Tim Barone says:

    This is a terrific resource and I hope that more of this type will be produced. I recently walked through the CTCR document Together With All Creatures with an adult class and will teach this content next. Our brothers and sisters really do own a Greek-philosophical worldview that only offers a “spiritual” hope. It has been very rewarding to see biblical hope being recovered in the people I serve. I pray teaching this will strengthen their hope as well.

  • Rev. David Lindenberg says:

    Thank you so much Dr. Kloha, and Dr. Gibbs! Our congregation had been studying I Corinthians, and I did chapter 15 just before Easter. I kept thinking, I wish there were something supplamentary that I could add to really give them a better understanding of what the resurrection means for them. And lo and behold, I get this email that your video series is there to use. Needless to say, the people here at Peace Lutheran in Rapid City, SD have really enjoyed the series, and have a much better understanding of the resurrection. In particular it has answered many of the questions that they have struggled with for so long regarding death and what will happen when Christ our Lord returns. Thank you, Thank you so much for this study. It has been a wonderful supplement to what I was teaching. Glory be to God!
    Pastor Lindenberg

  • Andrea Sellers says:

    Our small group of three, Women’s Brown Bag Bible study, did this study at the end of the school year and we really enjoyed 99% of it. The 1% that we didn’t enjoy was that the Catechism (sp?) references didn’t seem to line up with the texts we were studying.

    One of us, not me, was very knowledgeable on Catechism and was able to suggest that article xxx was likely more appropriate here vs. zzz that was referenced in the study materials. Perhaps a bit of editing or maybe being specific as to which version is being referenced might help.

    Just wanted to share the feedback. Thanks for the great study. I’ve shared it with friends from other congregations too. We look forward to your next editions.


  • Larry McGurer says:

    In case anyone else is interested in listening to the Symphony to which Dr. Kloha referred.

    Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection)

  • Duane Meissner says:

    We just used this as an Advent series. Thanks for the great resource on an important topic!

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  • Ron York says:

    Drs. Kloha and Gibbs: Thank you both for this incredible study. It is so cool. Gave me incredibly new insights on this text and as not only an SMP Pastor, but a Christian, it was quite refreshing and exciting. Love you guys alot and am so grateful to be able to learn from you and all of the faculty at Concordia Seminary. Blessings in a big way.

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