Essential Jesus

Essential Jesus

by: Bo Noonan

posted on: Apr 06, 2017

“Who do you say I am?” This is the question that Jesus posed to one of his followers. And we believe that this is the same question he is asking us today.  

At the center of the Christian faith isn’t a list of do’s and don’ts, it’s a man named Jesus. A man who has had a lasting impact on societies around the globe. Throughout history more songs have been written about him than any other figure. More paintings have been painted of him than any other person. Heck, he’s still making appearances on shows like The Simpsons, South Park and even Family Guy. CNN, Discovery Channel and National Geographic, to name a few, run specials on ‘who Jesus really was’.

Why would this man, who was born to a young mother under the cloud of scandal, trained as a carpenter until he was 30 years old, never held public office, and was executed on a Roman cross be at the center of so much discussion and controversy? Why do over 2 billion people around the world claim to worship him? And why should you care?

We are starting a new teaching series on Easter Sunday, April 16th called Essential Jesus. This series will examine the life and ministry of this Galilean peasant who has had a strangely impactful legacy.

So, if you’re not a ‘church-going’ person, but would like to know more about Jesus, come along.

Or maybe you’ve been around the church for a while, but you’re like Jerry Seinfeld in that classic episode in which he doesn’t know the name of the woman he’s dating, but he’s too far into the relationship to ask. He just continues to date her hoping to either stumble upon her name or avoid having to call her by it. Church goers can be like that. We’ve been around the church way too long to ask the essential questions about who Jesus was and what he did. We feel like we should know this stuff already. There is nothing to be worried about, this series is for everyone.

Ultimately, we want you to be able to confidently answer this question, “Who do you say I am?”


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