Easter is more than just a day. It is a 50-day season that marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the ways we live into that reality, just as his disciples did. The season of Easter has long been a time when newcomers to Christianity and those already on the Christian journey revisit the foundations of the faith. In other words, this is a time when people examine basic doctrines, providing, as Laurence Hull Stookey writes, “a time for both discovery and reconsideration.” As a result, our resources will culminate in two four-week series—“Living” and “Loving”—that will focus upon the gospel narratives and ways to integrate these doctrinal pieces into daily Christian living.
This first series begins with Easter Day, which serves as the hinge point between the Lenten and Easter series. All of the Scriptures are included for this day, but the Scripture passages for the following Sundays are all contained in the Gospel of John. The narratives are post-resurrection accounts (Week 2: Jesus and Thomas; Week 3: Breakfast with the disciples), with the exception of Week 4, in which we observe what is often referred to as “Good Shepherd” Sunday.
We explore how the actions we read about in the Scriptures merge into the greater action of living as a witness of the risen Christ. We show how believing, following, and listening intersect to form a way of discipleship in which we confidently share the good news of resurrection. Resurrection is a daily reality, and we live as those marked by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.