First Presbyterian Church – Cedar Rapids

Insight Study Group

Please join us on Sunday from 9 am to 10 am in the Wernimont Room at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Cedar Rapids. These sessions are free and open to the public.

When God Comes Near

How a baby in a manger changes everything

December 3:  Breaking the Barrier

In the cosmic opening to John’s gospel we hear, “the word became flesh and dwelt among us,” and the early Christian church struggled to express that Jesus was fully human and fully divine.  What implications does this have for us today, that Jesus broke the barrier between the clay of the earth and the realm of the spirit?   Does the earth share in the redemption that Christ offers?  Do we have a responsibility to include all the created order in our understanding of salvation?

December 10:  All Our Joys, All Our Sorrows

God comes into this world as an infant, a particularly vulnerable and dependent act, and in Christ, God participates in the breadth of the human emotional experience.  How does this expand our understanding of the nature of God?  Does it make a difference that God accompanies us in the midst of our sorrow?

December 17:  Our Savior’s Face

The dual notions that God took on human form, and that we are created in the image of God, create a framework for understanding how we must relate to each other in the human community.  As God is made known in Christ, we are to make God known in our own actions, or as Paul says, to allow Christ to make a home in us.  We are also called to see the face of Christ in the face of our neighbor, both friend and enemy.