Theology Network Groups
Theology According to Jesus
- Jack O'Grady is a former Theology Network Associate Staff Worker at Kings College London, where he is currently completing a PhD in biblical studies. View all resources by Jack O'Grady
A new course from Theology Network specifically designed to be used by Theology Network groups over five lunchtime sessions.
‘You evangelicals seem so concerned with the bible, heaven and hell, judgement and salvation. Why can’t you just focus on simply following Jesus?’
Have you ever heard anyone say something like that? There’s a certain appeal to the idea being put forward. Who really finds the thought of ticking rigid doctrinal boxes more attractive than following the loving, wise and humble example of the greatest man who ever lived? Jesus Christ challenged social conventions, associated himself with outcasts and taught that everyone should love one another. Evangelical Christians seem more concerned with maintaining the theological status-quo, figuring out who is and isn’t ‘sound’ and teaching that everyone who isn’t a Christian is going to hell.
The aim of these sessions is to take a look at what Jesus has to say about 5 key Christian beliefs. In doing so we’ll see that evangelical belief on these issues (such as you’d find in the UCCF doctrinal basis) flows directly from Jesus' own teaching. We’ll also let Jesus teach us how doctrine is not about pedantic box-ticking, but is a wonderful gift from God that helps us know, love and follow him.
The sessions are as follows:
1) Jesus according to Jesus – Was the historical Jesus really the son of God?
2) The Bible according to Jesus – What did Jesus believe about the Bible?
3) Sin according to Jesus – Did Jesus believe in original sin?
4) Salvation according to Jesus – What did Jesus teach about the nature of salvation?
5) Heaven and Hell according to Jesus – What did Jesus believe about judgement and life after death?
Each session involves a talk, a discussion and offers some resources for looking into the topic further. The talks offered in this pack are really the bare bones. They are there to provide the basic information, so feel free to expand on them, condense them or add your own rhetorical flare.