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Godsplaining | Learning Guide

February 19th, 2023

10:15am I Facebook Live & Zoom

Watch last week's message here




Matthew 17:1-13 (NET)


It seems a wee too illustrative to start off with an explanation of what “Mansplaining” is. I’m just going to counter the narrative and assume you all know. Though, I came across a story the other day that illustrates the tendency quite well. A young theologian got into a discussion with an older gentleman at a conference. When a certain topic came up, the gentlemen, with a condescending air, suggested that she “read a few selected books” that he offered as evidence that his position on the topic at hand was superior. Unknown to him, of course, is that the books he suggested were authored by the young theologian he was speaking (down) to. How often we are unaware with whom we are speaking to, or, for that matter, about.

Let’s dig in this week, our final week of Epiphany, and see if we can understand a little more about Jesus.

Grace and peace y’all,

John Ray and the teaching team

Big Idea:

Better understanding Jesus not only helps us understand God, but also ourselves, others, and the world we live in.

Take Away:

While knowing things about Jesus is essential, it always has to be done in conjunction with an experiential knowing of Jesus himself.

How does this fit with Belong, Become, Believe?

At Grace Church all of our relationships are founded in our understanding of who Jesus is and what Jesus is about. None of us is more or less worthy of being loved by Jesus thus our practice of inclusive hospitality. This practice helps us conform more and more to what Jesus is like. We do this as an expression of what we say we believe as well as to help believe more deeply.


What's Next?

This coming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. For the five Sundays leading up to Palm Sunday, we will be doing a deep dive into Lamentations as we explorer what it means to observe Lent as a community.

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