Living: Series Overview

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SERIES OVERVIEW

Easter is more than just a day. It is a 50-day season that marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the ways we live into that reality, just as his disciples did. The season of Easter has long been a time when newcomers to Christianity and those already on the Christian journey revisit the foundations of the faith. In other words, this is a time when people examine basic doctrines, providing, as Laurence Hull Stookey writes, “a time for both discovery and reconsideration.”[1] As a result, our resources will culminate in two four-week series—“Living” and “Loving”—that will focus upon the gospel narratives and ways to integrate these doctrinal pieces into daily Christian living.

This first series begins with Easter Day, which serves as the hinge point between the Lenten and Easter series. All of the Scriptures are included for this day, but the Scripture passages for the following Sundays are all contained in the Gospel of John. The narratives are post-resurrection accounts (Week 2: Jesus and Thomas; Week 3: Breakfast with the disciples), with the exception of Week 4, in which we observe what is often referred to as “Good Shepherd” Sunday.

One possible thread to examine is determining how all these actions merge into the greater action of living as a witness of the risen Christ. How do believing, following, and listening intersect to form a way of discipleship in which we confidently share the good news of resurrection? Resurrection is a daily reality, and we live as those marked by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. According to the pattern in the lectionary, we encounter a unique process, which, interestingly enough, might be the opposite of the way we often consider our faith:

Step 1: Believe (Two Sundays are centered on believing!)

Step 2: Follow

Step 3: Listen

Week 1: Easter Day                                                  April 21           Believing

Acts 10:34-43

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

1 Corinthians 15:19-26

John 20:1-18

Week 2: Second Sunday of Easter                         April 28           Believe in Me

John 20:19-31

Week 3: Third Sunday of Easter                             May 5              Follow Me

John 21:1-19

Week 4: Fourth Sunday of Easter                          May 12            Listen to Me

John 10:22-30

*All scripture quotations are NRSV.


[1] Laurence Hull Stookey, Calendar: Christ’s Time for the Church (Nashville, Abingdon Press, 1996), 59.