As mentioned previously, ‘Life Eternal’ (or equivalently Eternal Life) appears to take the place of the central motif of Jesus’ discourses in the Gospel of John, as opposed to ‘the Kingdom of God’ in the Synoptic Gospels. Jesus is also often spoken of as giving us new life in Paul’s Epistles.
To begin with, in terms of images and ideas:
In previous discussions we looked at the purpose of salvation and whether it was a gift or a task. With this discussion we begin to look at the how of salvation rather than the why, and since the Gospels only really give a description of the Resurrection we take our Biblical point of departure at Paul’s Epistles. Of the following key passages we explored both ‘What does salvation consist in?’ and ‘What are we saved for?’ (more…)
This week we did something rather different, closer to a conventional Bible study but with the twist that we read a whole book of the Bible at once to get a more holistic feel. (more…)
( ^A woman bishop^, if that was unclear )
In this session we look at some unsavoury passages in Paul, by which I don’t mean ‘sweet’ but misogynist. What are your thoughts on the following? (Click on the headings for a link to the relevant chapter.) Below are a selection of the responses we had. (more…)
The Risen Christ
We began the previous discussion on Jesus’ biography by listing various titles that he had. Two of these are especially famous- 1) the Christ, i.e. the Messiah, the ‘Lamb of God’ and Saviour of the World, and 2) the Son of God; God the Son. We will look at the first of these -what God does in Jesus- in future discussions on salvation. In this session we will continue looking at who Christians believe in, concentrating on the image of the Son of God. (more…)