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Spring Bible Study 2022

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Palm Sunday & Resurrection

April – May 2022

This study and sermon series is drawn from the Revised Common Lectionary. The Revised Common Lectionary is designed to guide the whole church through the reading of nearly the whole Bible over the course of three years. There are four lections or readings for each week in the Revised Common Lectionary: one from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, one from the Psalms, one from the gospels, and one from the epistles. This study and sermon series focuses on the New Testament readings. [The Revised Common Lectionary may be found here: https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=122 if you want to read all of the biblical texts for this liturgical season and indeed, for the entire year.]

The ministers at First African agreed that for the 1st part of our collective sabbatical we would engage the lectionary to gain a deeper insight into Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem six days prior to his crucifixion, his resurrection from death to life by Oludumare (the Supreme Creator in the Yoruba religious tradition called Ifa), and his post resurrection appearances. Some of the biblical texts investigated here derive from what is called the pre-resurrection ministry of Yeshua also.

As we study, it is important to remember that Yeshua lived two thousand years ago and that his life and teachings carried a different meaning to those who first heard them than they do for us. This is because Jesus and his contemporaries lived in social, economic, political, and religious contexts far different from our own. While we endeavor to recapture some of the essence of the original meaning of these biblical passages in our teaching and preaching, we are deeply aware of the fact that the meaning world has shifted numerous times between then and now.

A part of the significance of preaching and teaching at First African is the fact that we use an Africentric interpretive lens. An Africentric interpretive lens demands that we center ourselves, our histories, cultures, and experiences as African peoples, as we discern what the biblical texts mean for us given our current circumstances. It also demands that we take the biblical text seriously enough to investigate it, not objectively, but subjectively – taking ourselves seriously enough to raise and answer our own questions as we approach the biblical text in question.

Finally, we treat Yeshua as a person of history and as a person of faith at First African. As a person of history, the humanity of Jesus is important. As a person of faith his divinity is important even though Yeshua was not considered to be truly divine until the fourth century of the Common Era (CE).

 


Bible Study & Sermon Scriptures

Wednesday, April 6th & Sunday, April 10th

Biblical Text: Luke 19:28-40

 


Wednesday, April 13th & Sunday, April 17th

Luke 24:1-12

 


Wednesday, April 20th & Sunday, April 24th

John 20:19-31

 


Wednesday, April 27th & Sunday, May 1st

John 21:1-19

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin,[a] Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards[b] off.

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”


Wednesday, May 4th & Sunday, May 8th

John 10:22-30

22 At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah,[a] tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; 26 but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand.[b] 30 The Father and I are one.”


Wednesday, May 11th & Sunday, May 15th

John 13:31-35

31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him,[a] God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33 Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


Wednesday, May 18th & Sunday, May 22nd

John 14:23-29

23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

25 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Advocate,[a] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.


Wednesday, May 25th & Sunday, May 29th

Luke 24:44-53

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah[a] is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses[b] of these things. 49 And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.[c] 52 And they worshiped him, and[d] returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53 and they were continually in the temple blessing God.[e]

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