Make sure you keep this to yourself … but I’m going to reveal something about our Christianity Explained course that is a closely guarded secret. I realise it’s somewhat risky publishing this in the Weekly SNAC. We all know that this fantastic publication is read by so many people across our parish but I’m going to trust you, the reader, to maintain the secrecy of this fact.
Ok, are you ready? Do you need to sit down? The secret is … homework. It may seem shocking to you, but did you know that everyone who comes to our Christianity Explained course is required to do homework? Now the only reason for all this secrecy is that we don’t want the thought of homework to make people more reluctant to come. To mention homework makes the course seem much harder than it really is – and it sounds a little too much like school!
However, once you understand what this homework actually is – I hope you’ll see how it’s such a crucial part of the Christianity Explained course. The homework is not writing some lengthy essay nor reading some dense theological text, but simply to read through a section of Mark’s gospel each week. To understand Christianity, you need to understand who Jesus Christ is, and the best way to understand who Jesus is, is to read through one of the gospel accounts from the Bible by yourself. Each session of Christianity Explained generally begins with an opportunity for people to ask any questions from their reading and it’s often a real highlight. After this discussion, the leader will then carefully explain one key aspect of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
I’m currently running a course on Sunday afternoons and it’s been a joy to see a group of 15-20 people meet together to read Mark’s gospel, to ask questions and to hear about the good news of Jesus. It’s also encouraging to hear that many other groups are running at various times and various places across our parish. Please pray that many people would come to see Jesus clearly from Mark’s gospel.
If you’re interested in coming to one of our Christianity Explained courses please let me know. It’s a great opportunity to invite someone who is interested in investigating Jesus. There will be more courses starting in term 3, though it may even be possible to start straightaway.