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New Hope Academy 2020 Starts This Week: Defense of the Resurrection & Biblical Hermeneutics

"For if the dead are not raised, Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Therefore those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. If we have placed our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone." (1 Cor 15:16-19).

Our faith, worthless? Say it ain't so, Paul! How can it be?

Of course, we believe neither Paul, nor the other Apostles came to believe that this Jesus was the LORD apart from experiencing his literal, bodily resurrection. But, how do we know that they reported their actual experiences, or reported them accurately? How do we, living almost 2000 years after the purported event, know that this is all true? That our faith, like Paul's and Peter's and James', is grounded in a real, historical event, and not based on some fiction, or hallucinatory experience by a bunch of 1st century Palestinian peasants? Could it be that we've been fooled somehow, and the we indeed should be pitied!?

Jim Johansen (PhD) will take us deep into the historical research that underlies a proper defense of the historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Come join us this Saturday, January 18th at The Church of New Hope, four a four-week workshop on Defending the Resurrection of Jesus. Jim will show us that we have good reasons, and good arguments to know that our faith is not in vain, but stands on solid ground. Class begins at 8am in Room #4, so, like the Lord, you will have to rise early!

"But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep." (1 Cor 15:20). Whew!

Has it ever struck you as odd that God gave us a book, actually a series of books, as the primary means for us to know Him? Why not just direct, personal revelations, or audible dispatches through angelic messengers, or divine insights from some mathematical formulae? Why prose, poetry, songs, and stories? And why books written in a way so connected to the immediate context in which they were composed, books so embedded in the culture of the people of a now distant past?

While we realize the Bible is divinely inspired, in that it speaks clearly to all generations and all cultures about the nature and work of the Creator, and of His entrance into that creation, to read the Bible is still to open up a book about a very strange world to our own, a distant land that needs to be discovered. Therefore, in order to really mine the depth of the Bible's knowledge, we need to access the context and culture from which it emerged. This is called Biblical Hermeneutics, or, the art and science of interpretation. Come join Jeff Lee (MA Bible Exposition, MA Philosophy) for this 8-week class on Bible Interpretation, starting this Friday, January 17th at 6pm at the Church of New Hope.

"The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times." (Psalm 12:6)

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