Wednesday Night Bible Study: After Easter

POST RESURRECTION NARRATIVES

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Easter 2019

Jan P. Lookingbill

 

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Of all the festivals of the Christian Church, Easter is the most important.  Perhaps Christmas has become more favored in the eyes of children and even adults who have come to enjoy the decorations and the gift giving, but Easter is at the heart of the Christian faith.  It’s true that without a birth narrative, we would not know that Jesus’ virgin birth is the incarnation of God as a human being; but it’s even more true that we would not need to know the nativity of Christ if we didn’t first know about his death and resurrection. 

Easter is at the heart of the faith of the Christian Church.  How do we know about his Resurrection if not by the witness of the Apostles?  It can be said that our faith today relies of this witness, understanding that the Greek word for “apostle” means “one sent,” and indicates that these messengers have been sent to, set apart for, the telling of the Good News.  As many of them became martyrs, we understand that the Greek word “martyr” means “witness.” 

Our Easter study this year will focus on the post Resurrection narratives in the Gospel of John, the Book of Acts by St. Luke and the affirmation of St. Paul in his Epistle to the Corinthians.  As St. Paul argues, “if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain.  We are even found to be misrepresenting God . . . If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”  (1 Cor. 15.14 & 19)

 

 

Wednesdays evenings starting April 24 : 7pm - 8:15pm in Room 205

 

24 April                 John 20.1-31       Appearances: Mary M, The Gardener and Thomas

1 May                   John 21.1-19       Appearances: Galilee, fish and Simon Peter

8 May                   John 1.1-18         The WORD is/was God

15 May                 Acts 1                    Theophilus and Matthias

22 May                 Acts 2                    Pentecost (Sauvnot) and Peter

29 May                 1 Cor. 15              Gospel, Resurrection and Victory

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