You might think the answer to that question is a simple, "Of course he was!" But the biblical record - particularly from Jesus himself - is not at all that clear. In fact, it can be argued that New Testament writers... and Jesus himself!... by and large declare Jesus NOT to be God!
We don't expect you to believe that assertion now... or ever...if you don't want to. But we warmly invite you to join us for the conversation that arises from our thorough review of Scripture on the issue. We're looking at nearly every relevant moment in the Gospels, and nearly 300 texts in Acts, Paul's letters, and the rest of the New Testament. In addition, we'll explore Old Testament passages that might inform our discussion.
Our "To the Pointe" Sunday group (9:00 a.m. lower level) had been tackling this provocative issue with dynamic, spirited, and thoroughly enjoyable sessions until March of this year, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced it and all other aspects of our ministry to shutdown. But thanks to the progress the state of Illinois made in its battle with the virus, and the changes the state made to its guidelines, recommendations, and requirements, the group resumed this powerful Bible study on July 12, and has since completed its review of the Gospels and moved into an examination of the remainder of the New Testament. All of the group's one hour sessions start at 9:00 a.m.
For the safety of study participants, the group:
- Arranges seating to provide for effective social distancing
- Provides hand sanitizer and, for those who do not have one, a mask, for use during sessions
- Refrains from handshakes, hugs, or other physical touching
We've offered some powerful Bible studies at FCCEM over the years (for example, we conducted a 188 session, 4-1/2 year study of the Bible from cover-to-cover). "Is Jesus God?" ranks among the best of those studies, so we invite you to join us on Sunday mornings.