United Methodist Church of Lenox
Sunday, February 28, 2021
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Adult Christian Education

 Lenten Book Study Beginning Tuesday Evening, February 23rd 6:30 pm on ZOOM

 

Picture of Why Easter Matters Study GuideAs believers in Christ, we all would like to say that we trust in God. We would all like to claim that we believe God has our best interests in mind and that obedience to him is the best pathway to finding joy, peace, contentment, and fulfillment in life. But the truth is that we often find ourselves actively resisting the very God in whom we say we trust. Our hearts and our consciences tell us what is right--and what we need to be doing--but for some reason we tend to find ourselves going the other way.

This was true of people even back in the days of first-century Israel when Jesus walked the earth. In this four-session study including a DVD presentation, pastor Andy Stanley explores the lives of some of these individuals and reveals how the story of Easter became real to them when they found themselves caught up in the events of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. These characters include figures in the Gospels such as:

  • Joseph Caiaphas, the powerful Jewish religious leader, who refused to embrace Jesus as the Messiah because it would have put an end to his influence and control.
  • Judas Iscariot, who was more interested in his own personal gain than in truly following after God--and betrayed Jesus to the Jewish authorities as a result of his greed.
  • The two criminals on the crosses next to Jesus, who found themselves in their last hours of life just twelve feet away from God-in-the-flesh.
  • The disciples and other followers of Jesus, who found their world turned upside down when the one they believed to be the Messiah was first put to death . . . and then rose again.

The stories of these men and women who were present in the greatest story ever known--the story of Easter--give us great insights into our own relationship toward God. They reveal the attitudes of our hearts and compel us to truly consider why Easter matters and the effect it has on our lives.

Sessions include:

  1. The High Cost of Following Christ (John 12:25)
  2. The Risk of Surrendering to God (Matthew 19:27)
  3. The God Who Can Be Trusted (Luke 23:39-41)
  4. The Foundation of Our Faith (Acts 1:8)

This a wonderful chance to relax on Tuesday evenings  and be surprised at how much we are like the people that surrounded Jesus.

Open to Everyone

To receive your book at no cost and register, contact the church office at 413-445-5918 or lenoxumc@gmail.com or Jill at 413-329-6985 or jensamm1@aol.com.