We think Scripture talks about one Jesus -- Jesus of Nazareth. And yet it seems that various individuals and churches and denominations have their own Jesus. So we have the meek and mild Jesus, the muscle-bound Jesus, the revolutionary Jesus, the other-worldly Son of God Jesus, the liberal Jesus, the conservative Jesus, the Prosperity Gospel Jesus, the American Jesus, the wandering sage Jesus, the earthly teacher of morality Jesus, the loving shepherd Jesus, the fearsome Judge Jesus, the Jewish Jesus, the 6’4” blond Jesus with a chiseled chin, and on and on and on. So, is there one Jesus or a thousand and which one is the “real” Jesus?
That’s the question the Wednesday Evening Bible Study class will be seeking to answer during the fall term that begins Wednesdays at 7:45 PM. In other words, the question we will seek to answer is: Who was Jesus, really? We will study various Biblical texts and stories, raise some hard questions, and do some good thinking as we try to re-discover the Jesus of the gospels and listen for what he has to say to us today.
All are welcome and are encouraged to participate. Invite your friends and neighbors as well. And if you can, come at 7:10 PM for communion and make it an evening to be refreshed by God’s grace and mercy and to learn Christ anew.
Who is God? How can we find God or does God find us? What are we doing here, anyway? Why doesn’t God do something about this shipwreck of a world? Why does God allow terrible things to happen? Who is Jesus, really, and what does it mean to follow him? What does it mean to be justified? Who or what is the Holy Spirit and what does the Spirit do? What does it mean to be a human being? What does it mean to be Christian? How do you know if you truly are Christian? Where is it all heading? Where are we heading? What is the Bible and does it give answers to every question? And by the way, who has the right to decide what is genuinely Christian and how to answer these questions and others?