This past Sunday we spent the morning talking about the really important question: "How necessary is Jesus for salvation?" My goal for the day was to explore the ways that Jesus is commonly simplified into categories that are familiar and comfortable for us to deal with and then propose a more dynamic picture of Jesus that would account for all of those categories together.
Whether I succeeded in that goal, only you can tell (if you were there Sunday). I hope that at the very least the message provoked some thoughtful questions about who Jesus is and what his mission on the earth was. As I did last week, I just wanted to post some resources for you to look into if you want to dig further into the topic of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. While last week we had some web articles, this week I will just recommend a whole suitcase of books 🙂
- C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
- C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy
- N. T. Wright, Simply Christian
- N. T. Wright, The Challenge of Jesus
- Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis
- Tim Keller, The Reason for God
You could certainly find others, but those are a few to begin with. N. T. Wright has an entire 3 Volume set of books (Search Amazon for "Christians Origins and the Question of God") which I honestly have yet to finish but are, from a scholarly perspective, about as deep and involved as you can get on the search for the historical Jesus.
If you have any lingering questions from the message, feel free to post them in the comments here and I will do my best to answer them.