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.
- In the first two-and-a-half years of this study, we looked at nearly every relevant moment in the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament, about 450 passages in total.
- On January 16, 2022, we launched an exploration of nearly 140 Old Testament passages, a review we concluded on September 18.
- On September 25 the group began its viewing of a provocative 24-part video series called, "How Jesus Became God," from a noted New Testament scholar.
- After the video series the group will consider information from a variety of other sources, then try to reach conclusions on this important subject. It's an ambitious agenda!
Our "To the Pointe" Sunday group meets in fellowship hall on our building's lower level at 9:00 a.m. on MOST Sundays of the month (on the first Sunday of months - breakfast potluck Sundays - the group meets after worship, at approximately 11:30 a.m.). When winter weather deposits snow and/or ice on the parking lot, we ask people to park in our west lot, enter through the main entrance, then use the stairs to get to the lower level.
We've offered some powerful Bible studies at FCCEM over the years (for example, within the last ten years we conducted a 4-1/2 year, 188 session content review of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation); "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.
[NOTE: Our current COVID-19 safety protocols do NOT require people to wear a mask or other facial covering when in the building, which means Bible study participants may also attend without a mask (but wearing a mask is ALWAYS your option!)]