Wednesday Morning Bible Study: 10:00-11:30
Congregation Book Study
"The Universal Christ"
by Richard Rohr
In his decades as a globally recognized teacher, Richard Rohr has helped millions realize what is at stake in matters of faith and spirituality. Yet Rohr has never written on the most perennially talked about topic in Christianity: Jesus. Most know who Jesus was, but who was Christ? Is the word simply Jesus’s last name? Too often, Rohr writes, our understandings have been limited by culture, religious debate, and human tendency to put ourselves at the center.
Drawing on scripture, history, and spiritual practice, Rohr articulates a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God’s constant, unfolding work in the world. "God loves things by becoming them," he writes, and Jesus’s life was meant to declare that humanity has never been separate from God - except by its own negative choice. When we recover this fundamental truth, faith becomes less about proving Jesus was God and more about learning to recognize the Creator’s presence all around us and in everyone we meet.
Thought provoking, practical, and full of deep hope and vision, The Universal Christ is a landmark book from one of our most beloved spiritual writers and an invitation to contemplate how God liberates and loves all that is.
This Book Study will help us have a better understanding of God’s love for the world. We will have some very interesting and thought-provoking discussions as we learn and grow in the faith God gives to us; helping us see the "goodness" of The Christ in all things and in all people.
Monday Evening Bible Study: The Gospel of John
The Gospel of John is a deep theological study about Jesus being "The Christ" from God. From the very beginning of his gospel, John delves into the very mystery of Jesus as The Christ, the creator of all things, who is in all things, and people. He became God's Incarnate "Word" to bring the "truth" of God's love for world. In John, water is not just water, it is "a spring of water gushing up to eternal life". Even though John does not have the institution of Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday, he states the abundance of God's grace in the water-changed-to-wine (I'm sure the best wine ever). Bread is not just bread. It is the abundant true Bread of Heaven giving life to the world. All the miracles, or as John calls them "signs" are meant to not just show Jesus could do them; they were to point people to God grace through them. If you want to learn more about who Jesus was as the Incarnate Word of God, who so loves the world, who does not condemn the world, you're invited to join us. We meet on ZOOM (because of COVID and the tornado) from 6:30-8pm. Please call the Church Office at 615-883-0818 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome.