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New Study Group
Entering the Kingdom: What the Historical Jesus Teaches Us about the Kingdom of God
Dates: Wednesdays, April 22nd-June 3rd, 2015 (7 Weeks)
Place: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Sedona
Group Leaders: Alexandra Fraser & Ken Froessel
Cost: $40.00 (or donation), includes Entering the Kingdom booklet by Robert Perry. Cash or check at the door.
Description: Scholars agree that the core of Jesus’ message was “the kingdom.” But what is the kingdom? And what is its relevance for us today? In his booklet, Entering the Kingdom: What the Historical Jesus Teaches Us about the Kingdom of God, Robert Perry draws out the radical message of the kingdom, its diagnosis of the human condition and its prescription for the cure. Through commentary and practical exercises, we learn that Jesus’ message carries just as much liberating power for our lives today as it did when it first was spoken.
Especially Important Resources
Loving Our Enemies: The Core of Jesus’ Vision in the Sayings Gospel Q (pdf) By Robert Perry
This is a chapter Robert wrote for an academic collection called “The Healing Power of Spirituality: How Faith Helps Humans Thrive,” edited by J. Harold Ellens. In the Sayings Gospel Q, the opening sermon, which was the basis for Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount and Luke’s Sermon on the Plain, is largely a series of elaborations on the core injunction to “love your enemies.” This chapter is Robert’s attempt to draw out the meaning of this discourse on loving one’s enemies, and thereby to capture what may well be the heart of the historical Jesus’ vision. What we find there is something that, rather than being a somewhat primitive relic of the past, is radical and deeply challenging for any time, including our own.