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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: 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).

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