1 Cor 15.1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 15.2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 15.3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 15.4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 15.5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 15.6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 15.7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 15.8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. 15.9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 15.10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 15.11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed. The belief of Christ's death and resurrection, is the foundation of Christianity. Remove this, and all our hopes for eternity sink at once. And it is by holding this truth firm, that Christians stand in the day of trial, and are kept faithful to God. We believe in vain, unless we keep in the faith of the gospel. This truth is confirmed by Old Testament prophecies; and many saw Christ after he was risen. Paul was highly favoured, but he always had a low opinion of himself, and expressed it. When sinners are, by Divine grace, turned into saints, God causes the remembrance of former sins to make them humble, diligent, and faithful. He ascribes to Divine grace all that was valuable in him. True believers, though not ignorant of what the Lord has done for, in, and by them, yet when they look at their whole conduct and their obligations, they are led to feel that none are so worthless as they are. All true Christians believe that Jesus Christ, and him crucified, and then risen from the dead, is the center and substance of Christianity. All the apostles agreed in this testimony; by this faith they lived, and in this faith they died. Can you say this day that you hold true to the Gospel of Christ ?