Surprised by Hope

Sunday, January 05, 2020, 9:30 AM - Sunday, March 29, 2020, 10:15 AM

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Please join facilitators Nathan Lucas and Stephen Masley for this adult spiritual growth class as we study heaven, the resurrection, and the mission the of the church.

Sundays, 9:30 a.m.

Family Center, room 1


Author N.T. Wright outlines the present confusion about a Christian’s future hope and shows how it is deeply intertwined with how we live today. Wright asserts that Christianity’s most distinctive idea is bodily resurrection, and provides a magisterial defense for a literal resurrection of Jesus. Wright then explores our expectation of "new heavens and a new earth," revealing what happens to the dead until then and what will happen with the "second coming" of Jesus. 

Wright convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about life before death. For if God intends to renew the whole creation—and if this has already begun in Jesus’s resurrection—the church cannot stop at "saving souls" but must anticipate the eventual renewal by working for God’s kingdom in the wider world, bringing healing and hope in the present life.