The year is 49AD and the young Christian Church is growing with many Jews believing Jesus is the Christ. The former Pharisee, Paul is called to take the Gospel to the Gentiles in Asia Minor and Europe. Let's follow Paul on his three journeys and what he encounters, culminating in his final no-return journey to confront Caesar in Rome.
A large portion of the Bible is "the prophets." The prophets warn of the coming exiles. The prophets speak for God during the exiles. Why did the people go into exile? What did they do wrong? What can we learn from the prophetic voice of the Bible? We explore the cause and nature of the exilic period of the Bible and how the Jews never really recovered from this tragedy of faith and practice. Be warned! The prophets' message is not over. It is still applicable for today.
"Let my people go." Moses is called to redeem the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. The three-week journey takes forty years to the Promised Land of the Canaanites. The Exodus is a model for each of our own spiritual journeys. Let's see what it holds.
Over the next four Sundays we tell the Bible's history through four maps. We begin with the journey and covenant of Abraham. Abraham is the father of the Hebrews and "many nations." We ask the question, "What is being protected?" in Genesis. The concept of God is protected. And we find that Abram/Abraham's journey is also our journey.