Adult Learning: BK
This class is taught by Dave Seemuth and meets in the Fellowship Hall at the Brookfield campus.
The Gospel of John provides a unique perspective on the life of Jesus. Unlike Matthew, Mark, and Luke, John’s Gospel brings the reader into an experience that continually reminds people that Jesus’ ministry frequently points to one conclusion: that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah, King of Israel (John 20:31). Even the signs and wonders point people to this conclusion. This brings believers into direct conflict with others who declare themselves to be King, such as the Emperor.
We resonate with the readers of John because we face many similar issues that persisted during the end of the 1st Century when the book was written. John does not merely urge belief, but a robust following of King Jesus.
Our ten-week study will take us into the world of the 1st Century life of followers of Jesus, who were confronted with a world in conflict with the message and way of Jesus. It is the conflict between light and darkness.
Emphasis will be placed not merely on gaining information but upon meaningful life application. Our study will put us in the sandals of Jesus' followers from the 1st Century. But our understanding and application will let us look at the 21st Century. We must confront our times with the profoundly radical perspective of Jesus. We will urge one another to be people who are continually "walking in the light" of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.
Dave Seemuth served as an associate pastor at Elmbrook for 30 years before founding the Wisconsin Center for Christian Study, a non-profit educational organization. He is also a professor of New Testament and has taught in seminaries and universities for 35 years. He loves being in the classroom teaching and interacting with students with a focus on deep understanding of the biblical text. Dave and his wife Karen live in Waukesha. They have two married children and two grandchildren.