For the last three Easter Seasons at FUMC of Arlington, we've studied the Book of Acts, focusing on the building of that first Christian community after the resurrection, leading to Pentecost. The Book of Acts is an important book for the church to study, as it chronicles the early problems, oppression, and successes of the early church and the apostles.
However, this year, Year C in the Revised Common Lectionary, the epistle reading was ... well ... too good to pass up. In six weeks, which is rather quick, it takes us through the Book of Revelation.
Now, I know that many of the United Methodist variety might take to the famous perspective of Martin Luther ...
"I can discover no trace that it is established by the Holy Spirit."
Or, still others might pour over the details of the book, looking for prophecies of the end, trying and trying to apply the details to the world of today.
It's a provocative book. It's imagery and literary content transcend the Christian faith. So, we should talk about it.
At FUMCA, from April 3 until the Sunday before Pentecost, we will be. Here's a breakdown of the series, for your use and perusal. As always, post in the comments if you're taking this on!
Easter Season Worship Series:
The Book of Revelation has been controversial since its inception. Its vivid imagery, depictions of violence and empire, and cryptic allusions to the return of Christ have made it a book that is easy to misuse and misinterpret.
But, what if we took Revelation and refused to get caught up in picking apart its symbols … Trumpets … Dragons … Numbers … And read it as a letter to people, to churches, in trouble and losing their faith. What if we took this book and realized it was from a servant of Christ to fellow servants of Christ that said this:
This is hard right now.
And it might get harder.
But hold on to Christ -
God is with us.
This Easter Season we’ll take on the mysteries of the Book of Revelation, and wonder together of the life God calls us to as people of God in the world that longs for the Kingdom of God to break through.
April 3 - Revealing Revelation
So ... Christ is coming again?
April 10 - Worthy is the Lamb
What did Christ give himself for?
April 17 - Bigger than U
Do we, humans, prefer a limited offer of salvation?
April 24 - City of God
Does God want to replace? Or redeem?
May 1 - No More Night
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
What if it's really all about holding fast to Christ in the most difficult times?
May 8 - Benediction
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
Can we stay thirsty for Christ's living water?