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. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 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. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Paul reiterated the Gospel in this passage: the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s the kind of truth and simplicity that we can all rally around. Hundreds of thousands have died defending this message and the principles behind it.
Today as you consider these words, think about the ultimate sacrifice Christ made on our behalf. Think also of those in the Persecuted Church and what they must go through just to fellowship with one another.