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Greg Kintzi

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Lenten Study 2019


“Today the greatest single deterrent to knowledge of Jesus is
his familiarity. Because we think we know him, we pass him by.”

- Winifred Kirkland


Years ago, when author Philip Yancey lived in Chicago and was a member of LaSalle Street Church, a friend of his lent him a collection of films about Jesus, which he used as the bases for a class he taught on the life of Christ. The class, which lasted for two years, worked like this. As the group studied major events in Jesus’ life, Philip would scout through the various films and from them select seven or eight treatments that seemed notable. Whenever the class met, Philip would show the two-to-four-minute clips from each film, beginning with the comical and stiff renditions and then working toward profound or evocative treatments. The participants found that the process of viewing the same event through the eyes of seven or eight film-makers helped to strip away the patina of predictability that had built up over years of Sunday school and Bible Reading. After reacting to the film clips, the class would open up their Bibles and turn to the Gospels and the discussion took off.

         Thanks largely to this class, Philip and the class’ participants gradually underwent a transformation in how they viewed Jesus. In some ways he became more accessible and real – full of the kinds of emotions we all experience. In other ways he became much more terrifying, nothing like the Mister Rogers type figure Philip had been introduced to as a child in Sunday school. Here’s how Philip describes the experience:

         “The more I studied Jesus, the more difficult it became to pigeon-hole him. He said little about the Roman occupation, the main topic of conversation among his countrymen, and yet he took up a whip to drive petty profiteers from the Jewish temple. He urged obedience to the Mosaic law while acquiring the reputation as a lawbreaker. He could be stabbed by sympathy for a stranger, yet turn on his best friend with the flinty rebuke, “Get behind me, Satan!” He had uncompromising views on rich men and loose women, yet both types enjoyed his company.”

         “One day miracles seemed to flow out of Jesus; the next day his power was blocked by people’s lack of faith. One day he talked in detail of the Second Coming; another, he knew neither the day nor hour. He fled from arrest at one point and marched inexorably toward it at another. He spoke eloquently about peacemaking, then told his disciples to procure swords. His extravagant claims about himself kept him at the center of controversy, but when he did something truly miraculous he tended to hush it up. As Walter Wink has said, if Jesus had never lived, we would not have been able to invent him.”

         During the Lenten season this year, which begins on March 6th, we will have the opportunity to join Philip in his discoveries about Jesus as we read his book and participate in the curriculum which features some of the film clips from his LaSalle Street class. In six thought provoking sessions participants will press beyond popular notions and stereotypes of Jesus to obtain fresh, revolutionary perspectives on history’s most influential figure – his radical claims, his challenging teachings, and his effect on others…including those who claim to be his followers.

         The last session, “The Difference Jesus Makes, will be shown and discussed during the Sundays following Easter in preparation for the festival of the Ascension. My hope is that many of you will come and participate in the Wednesday discussions even if you don’t end up reading the book. The books, by the way, are $12.00 and are available in the church office.

         Discover for yourself why no one who meets Jesus ever stays the same. Engaging in “The Jesus I Never Knew” curriculum will challenge you – and change you. The curriculum will expand – and very likely redefine – your understanding of the person, teachings and life of Jesus Christ. It will lead you beyond familiar images of the guy you learned about on flannel graphs to discover Jesus as you’ve never known him: radical, compelling, compassionate, bold, incisive, and ultimately satisfying. This innovative study is guaranteed to spark discussion, interaction, application, and growth. Together, participants will share life-changing discoveries about God, the scriptures, Jesus and themselves. Best of all, we will come face-to-face with the most creative, challenging, fearless, unpredictable, and compelling person anyone can know: Jesus Christ.

         As Philip Yancey states in the books conclusion: “No one who meets Jesus ever stays the same. In the end I found the process of writing this book to be a great act of faith-strengthening. Jesus has rocked my own preconceptions and has made me ask hard questions about why those of us who bear his name don’t do a better job of following him.”

Your Fellow Pilgrim on the Journey

Pastor Greg Kintzi

         The schedule for our conversation and Lenten journey is as follows:

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

“The Jesus I Thought I Knew”

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

“The Beatitudes and Sermon on the Mount”

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

“A Revolution of Grace”

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

“Jesus’ Miracles”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

“Jesus’ Death and Resurrection”