Dates: Tuesdays, 7pm to 8:30pm from Jan 21 to Feb 18 (1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18) in the Fellowship Hall at FBC
What is it? The Jesus Journey is an engaging exploration of Jesus of Nazareth in his first-century setting. Who was this Jewish rabbi and prophet? How did he interact with his followers? How did he unsettle social conventions? Why did he clash with the religious and political institutions of his day? What might it mean to follow Jesus now? Each session is a stage on this journey of exploration, led by dynamic facilitator and author Trent Sheppard.
Who is it for? Are you...
- Curious about Jesus, but cautious about church?
- Familiar with Jesus, but trying to understand better how his life made sense in his own times?
- Committed to Jesus, but wondering how to talk about him comfortably with family or friends?
If these sound like you or a friend, or family-member, this Journey will be worth your time.
What's each Session about?
1. Jesus & the Kingdom of God (Jan. 21). The first stage of the Journey uncovers stereotypes attached to Jesus and reveals the dynamic first-century setting in which Jesus lived and taught. This stage inspires participants with the surprising and profound relevance of this ancient Jewish figure to our contemporary concerns.
2. Jesus & the Disciples (Jan. 28). Stage two of the Journey unpacks how Jesus interacted with those who knew him best: his family and his friends. This stage traces what Jesus' invitation, “Come, follow me,” very practically meant for his followers.
3. Jesus & Women (Feb. 4). The third stage of the Journey explores the controversial and groundbreaking way in which Jesus related to women in the first century. Comparing and contrasting his interaction with women alongside that of his ancient contemporaries reveals a fascinating depth of conviction and foresight regarding one of the most important issues of his and our time.
4. Jesus & the Cross (Feb. 11). The Journey's fourth stage asks why Jesus was crucified as a political prisoner on a Roman cross. Carefully considering the volatile world of first-century politics, and culminating in the mysterious meal that Jesus introduced to his disciples hours before he was crucified, this session grapples with the historic event of Jesus’ death.
5. Jesus & the Empty Tomb (Feb. 18). The final stage of the Journey walks through the unexpected event that, according to the first followers of Jesus, changedeverything. This stage examines the unusual evidence in the resurrection accounts, the surprising description of Jesus’ resurrected body, and how the resurrection of Jesus transformed his followers and revolutionized the world.