INTRODUCTION & HISTORY
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July 5 – July 11
June 14 – June 20
July 12 – July 18
June 21 – June 27
July 19 – July 25
June 28 – July 4
July 26 – August 1
HISTORY & TRADITIONS
After Jesus’ ministry on earth, the early church had to wrestle with what the life of Jesus meant for them. What did the life of Jesus mean for how they knew God? What did Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection mean for their reading and understanding of scripture? Who was Jesus really? Was He indeed God or just an extraordinary man? Why did He die? How did His death save them? What did His resurrection from the grave mean for their future? How as a church should they relate to Him? How would His kingdom come now that He had ascended to heaven?
A personal pursuit of sound theology will lead us to wrestle with these same and other big questions today. We will join a long heritage of Jesus-followers who have done so. A few hundred years after the life of Jesus on earth, believers wrote the following about Jesus:
We believe… in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried; and the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
−Nicene Creed, revised at Constantinople, AD 381
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