January - March 2019
All Journey groups will be studying the same topics this quarter:
January - Image of God
What does it mean that humans are created in the image of God? It's a pleasant idea, but one that can be a little hard to truly comprehend. As humans, we bear the image of God, but what is the purpose of this for us––what is the purpose for God? Creating images of gods was a fairly familiar concept in the ancient world, but representing the image of God, not through a statue or idol but through your very being, has profound significance. The Bible tells the story of God’s purpose to rule the world through his image-bearing creatures. This study will explore the biblical passages on the theme of image of God, the implications for Jesus followers, and will lead into our study of exile which will follow in February.
February/March - Faithfulness in Exile
The Exile. It’s one of the biggest, but least discussed themes in the Bible. The exile is a foreign concept to many modern people. Our modern Bible was shaped by the Jewish people who were exiled from their homeland in 586 BC by the Babylonian Empire. The cultural trauma of that event influenced the writings that Christians hold dear today. The 586 exile colors all of the Bible, start to finish.
One of the most difficult issues facing Christians of any culture or time is how to support, resist, or participate in the governing power structures of their day. Should followers of Jesus endorse any political movement that is or isn’t religious? What are the dangers of joining our allegiance to Jesus with loyalty to any nation or government? Religion and politics are highly charged topics in most cultures, and many of us wonder if the Bible has any wisdom to offer as we navigate this tension.
It turns out that the Bible has immense resources for God’s people on this topic. Most of it comes in the form of narrative. The experience of Daniel and his friends in Babylonian exile offers wisdom for navigating this tension. Following Jesus in the 21st century means learning faithfulness in exile.
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