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The title for our upcoming 2012 lecture series is God has Spoken By His Son: Jesus in Hebrews. This lectureship will be given by Dr. Donald Fairbairn, the Robert E. Cooley Professor of Early Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
September 29, 4pm: Jesus: Eternal Son or Honored Man? (Hebrews 1)
September 30, 10am: Lower than the Angels: Jesus' Incarnate Life (Hebrews 2:1-13)
September 30, 4pm: A Merciful and Faithful High Priest: Jesus' Death and Our Salvation (Hebrews 2:14-17)
This lecture series is intended to address news articles and TV documentaries that often focus on scholarly research into who Jesus was. Much of contemporary research - and the popular articles and TV documentaries that rely on it - depict Jesus as a man whose 'divinity' means essentially that he has a special connection to God. But is that really all? Or is Jesus really - as the church has historically claimed - God the Son who has come down to earth personally to save us? These lectures will focus on one of the most central New Testament passages about the identity of Jesus - Hebrews 1-2. Please join us for this exploration of who Jesus is and how his identity affects us today. Refreshments and informal discussion with Dr. Fairbairn will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the Saturday and Sunday afternoon lectures.
Previously the Center for Christian Studies has presented lectures on the Dead Sea Scrolls by Dr. James Charlesworth of Princeton Theological Seminary, lectures on Southern Presbyterianism by Dr. Erskine Clarke of Columbia Theological Seminary, and most recently a set of lectures on the Left Behind book series by Dr. Gordon Isaac of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The CCS also supported a community-wide women’s retreat, ”Sweet Reflection”, Quiet Time, Meditation, Hearing the Voice of God with keynote speaker Joanne Ellison, Founder of Drawing Near to God Ministries.