The next Sanctuary Studies session is on May 29, 2016 at 6:30pm at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Sanctuary Studies is a program meant to change the tone of religious discussions by tackling tough and timely topics that are important for Christian faith and life. Below is a description of this month’s topic.
Many Christians who face challenges to their faith retreat to personal experience or practical benefit: “I can’t explain it, I just know it’s true, and it works for me.” Doubt therefore has fertile ground to grow in the heart of the believer and the skeptic remains unchallenged with the truth of Christianity. But the Christian faith is not about what I think of it or whether it works, it's about whether a first-century Jew, Jesus of Nazareth rose bodily from the dead. In fact, Christianity’s own sacred texts stake its validity on that singularly important event (1 Co 15:14). Without the resurrection of Jesus, Christianity is nothing more than a personal religion that imposes a strange moral philosophy on the world. “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead,” (1 Co 15:20) and that fact transforms Christianity into the only satisfying way of life both now and forever. In this session of Sanctuary Studies, participants will learn and discuss the “why” behind our confidence in the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Participants will learn more about the reliability of the gospel accounts and discover new and important ways to articulate the certainty of a Christian religion based on historical events and animated by the good news those events proclaim.