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've looked at nearly every relevant moment in the Gospels and are just months away from completing a review of nearly 300 texts in the remainder of the New Testament. We'll also explore Old Testament passages, view a video series from a noted New Testament scholar, and review a variety of other sources on the topic. It's an ambitious agenda!
Our "To the Pointe" Sunday group (9:00 a.m. Memorial Room, upper level) had been tackling this provocative issue with dynamic, spirited, and thoroughly enjoyable sessions until March of last 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 last July. It has since completed its review of the Gospels and, as of June 2021, expects to complete its review of the entire New Testament by the end of the year. All of the group's one hour sessions start at 9:00 a.m. in the Memorial Room, located on our building's upper level.
Thanks to the spread and effectiveness of COVID vaccines, the group now meets without masks. If you are not yet fully vaccinated (two or more weeks since the final injection of whichever vaccine you've taken), we ask you to wear a mask while with the group. You may, of course, also wear a mask for any other reason.
We've offered some powerful Bible studies at FCCEM over the years (for example, we conducted a 4-1/2 year, 188 session review of the Bible from cover-to-cover). "Is Jesus God?" ranks among the best of those studies. We believe this is one of the most comprehensive reviews of the issue of Jesus' divinity that any church study group has ever taken. We'd love to welcome you for a visit.