Advent Study: The Incarnation

Adult Education Study: Sundays, December 3 through 24, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Why did the incarnation happen in this way as opposed to any other?

The Nativity with the Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel, 1308-1311, by Sienese painter Duccio di Buoninsegna (ca. 1250/1255-1318/1319). Image courtesy of the Andrew W. Mellon Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.
Artwork: The Nativity with the Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel, 1308-1311, by Sienese painter Duccio di Buoninsegna (ca. 1250/1255-1318/1319). Image courtesy of the Andrew W. Mellon Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

This is the question that seminary intern J. Davis Creach hopes to explore during this Advent season in Adult Education. As we await and look for the birth of Jesus during Advent, Davis invites adults to wrestle with the purposes and outcomes of the incarnation as it relates to God and God’s people. The study will address the full arc of the scriptural narrative and explore various interpretations of incarnation that seek to answer the questions of who, how, and why Emmanuel. Over the course of four weeks, we will dive deep into a mix of Canonical and Apocryphal Scripture, aiming to better understand the love, logic, and language of incarnation and how it affects our lives of faith. Gather with us in the Hulme Room at 9:45 a.m.

  • December 3: Roots: The Law – Exploring the covenantal expectations/connections of atonement, salvation, and deliverance
  • December 10: Revelation: Prophecy – Looking back only to point forward to the Son and His ministry to Israel
  • December 17: Retelling: Magnificat – Comparing and contrasting the songs of Mary and Anna as they voice their experience and understanding of Israel’s blessing and the role of the Gentiles
  • December 24: Rejoice: A Child Is Born – Engaging the differences between and implications of the birth narratives found in Matthew’s Gospel and its “long-lost cousin” Pseudo Matthew

Reminder: Nursery care for infants through two-year-olds starts at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings, and Children’s Ministry leaders are ready to welcome older children during this time should families choose to participate.

 

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