Brian McLaren – Q4 – The Jesus Question
Chapters 12, 13 – Group Questions
The author suggests in Chapter 12 that there are many versions of Jesus in play in today’s world and church. Describe the versions of Jesus that you have been exposed to in your experience.
Respond to the author’s reading of Revelation 19 and his impassioned defense of the nonviolent “first coming Jesus” not being reinterpreted in light of a violent “second coming Jesus.” Describe why you think he finds this issue so important and what you see at stake in which version of Jesus – violent or nonviolent – is seen as normative.
In Chapter 12, the author explores how John’s Gospel presents Jesus in terms of the Genesis, Exodus, and Isaiah narratives. How did these portrayals inform or enrich your understanding of and appreciation for Jesus?
Describe Jesus’ role, importance, and meaning in terms of the six-line, Greco-Roman narrative and in terms of the three narratives of creation, liberation, and reconciliation. Which vision, to you, is most compelling and why?