What’s the central Christian claim about hope? What happens when we die? What’s the significance of the resurrection? What about the ‘end of days’? How do all these affect how we live in the present? Do they?
Starting February 16, there will be a new Sunday School class that explores these questions and asks, ‘what is the Christian hope?’ and ‘how does it matter for the Church today?’ We will be guided through the work of New Testament scholar N.T. Wright’s Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.
What Should I Expect?
Each week we will have an assigned chapter from N.T. Wright’s book. Accompanying the reading will be a set of reflective questions, and a DVD which contains Wright explaining his book, summarizing the various themes, chapters, etc. Reading is NOT required; however, it is highly encouraged and will be prove more beneficial in the group discussion.
How Long Will the Class Be?
The class will be 16 weeks, which correlates to the number of chapters (15) and the preface.
Who Can Come?
From the Inside Cover:
Award-winning author N.T. Wright outlines the present confusion about a Christian’s future hope and shows how it is deeply intertwined with how we live today. Wright, who is one of today’s premier Bible scholars, asserts that Christianity’s most distinctive idea is bodily resurrection. He provides a magisterial defense for a literal resurrection of Jesus and shows how this became the cornerstone for the Christian community’s hope in the bodily resurrection of all people at the end of the age. Wright then explores our expectation of “new heavens and a new earth,” revealing what happens to the dead until then and what will happen with the “second coming” of Jesus. For many, including many Christians, all this will come as a great surprise.
Wright convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about life before death. For if God intends to renew the whole creation–and if this has already begun in Jesus’ resurrection–the church cannot stop at “saving souls” but must anticipate the eventual renewal by working for God’s kingdom in the wider world, bringing healing and hope in the present life.
Lively and accessible, this book will surprise and excite all who are interested in the meaning of life, not only after death but before it.
Check out the Trailer Below:
We’d love to have you join us!