Acknowledging and celebrating the resurrection of Christ is the most important aspect of our faith. Easter is the longest season of the church year, lasting fifty days until Pentecost (which means fifty in Greek). These seven weeks allow us to explore the depth of the meaning of the resurrection. If you use all four studies you will have five weeks of material.
Biblical Accounts of the Crucifixion (2 sessions). The Gospels do not present Jesus Christ's story in the exact same way. The slight and sometimes striking variations among them point to differences in their overarching perspectives on Jesus and his importance. The first session of this study explores the four Gospels' descriptions of the crucifixion. The second looks at language that the apostle Paul employs to understand what God accomplishes through Christ's death.
Four Accounts of Jesus' Resurrection (1 session). The account of Jesus' burial and resurrection is found in all four Gospels and mentioned by Paul. While all accounts affirm his resurrection, they differ in various degrees. What do Christians believe about these differences and what do we mean when we affirm that Jesus was raised from the dead?
Does God Demand Blood? (1 session). In this study for adults, we'll consider images of a vindictive, angry God who demands blood and suffering as the price of redemption and work toward resolving those images with the conviction that God is love.
The Meaning of Salvation (1 session). Have you ever been asked, "Are you saved?" This study explores the theological concept of salvation and looks at two models of Christian salvation: the conversionist and the gradualist.