Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer

514MbqqM8gL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Brentwood’s new sermon series and Bible Study — beginning Sept. 7th — is inspired by insights on the Lord’s Prayer from renown biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan, in his book The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer. In this book,

“Crossan takes key words from the prayer (Father, name, kingdom, will, bread, debt, and temptation), examines their meaning in a biblical context, and concludes that it is a revolutionary manifesto, proclaiming nonviolence and distributive justice.”

“Delving deeply into the story of the Jewish nation in Jesus’ time, Crossan shows how Jesus, couched in the words of this prayer, advises His followers to reject violent methods of resisting their Roman captors, and instead work for the coming of the Kingdom of God . . . The theme of nonviolence permeates this book and becomes the foundation for Crossan’s understanding [of the Jesus tradition].”

During this series, Sunday sermons (Sept. 11 through Oct. 23) will correlate with our Wednesday evening Bible Study sessions (Sept. 7 through Oct. 19), so that interested participants can delve deeper into the book study if they’d like. Phil and Emily will be preaching, and Rob Bradford will be facilitating the Wednesday evening study.

Week 1: “Our Father in Heaven”

Week 2: “Hallowed Be Your Name”

Week 3: “Your Kingdom Come”

Week 4: “Your Will Be Done”

Week 5: “Give Us Our Daily Bread”

Week 6: “Forgive Us Our Debts”

Week 7: “Lead Us Not into Temptation”