Gordon Fee, 1 Corinthians, page 760:
There is a place for apologetics, that is, the defense of Christianity to the unconverted; but Easter is not that place.
Easter, which should be celebrated more frequently in the church, and not just at the Easter season, calls for our reaffirming the faith to the converted. The resurrection of Christ has determined our existence for all time and eternity.
We do not merely live out our length of days and then have the hope as an addendum; rather, as Paul makes plain in this passage [1 Cor. 15:20–28], Christ’s resurrection has set in motion a chain of inexorable events that absolutely determines our present and our future. Christ is the first fruits of those who are his, who will be raised at his coming. That ought both to reform the way we currently live and to reshape our worship into seasons of unbridled joy.
Amen to that last paragraph.
But what about the first two paragraphs? Do you agree? Disagree? Should Easter morning be used for apologetics?
I see Fee’s point, but I’m not sure the unbridled joy of Easter for the believer should eliminate any apologetical use of the sermon (I think of Acts 17:30–31).
But what say you?