Book Study

Join us from 9 to 10 a.m. before Sunday service for our ongoing book study. We choose Unity books to read at home and come together with questions and sharing about how we use the principles in our lives.

jesus' teachings (bi265)

Start: July 3, 2016 (you can join us any time) 
End: December 31, 2016

Course Description

In this course, students will use the Gospels, as well as ancient literary sources outside biblical canon, to discover both the concepts that have been reported that Jesus taught and the methods he used to teach his disciples. Students will learn to build a strong spiritual foundation based on what we believe Jesus actually taught rather than what others taught about him and his work. 

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to: 

  • Examine the historical Jesus information and compare with one’s own theological viewpoint in order to (re)create an understanding of who Jesus was and is for oneself. 

  • Evaluate both biblical and extra-biblical sources to understand the teachings of Jesus and the teachings about Jesus.

  • Formulate his/her own critical understanding of Jesus’ life and teachings based on content and methodologies learned during the class.

  • Apply the teachings of Jesus to situations in their own lives. 

Required Materials*

  • Bible (NRSV)
  • The Historical Jesus: An Essential Guide by James Charlesworth → buy

Recommended Materials*

  • The Revealing Word by Charles Fillmore → buy

Syllabus & Handouts

  • Syllabus – download
  • Handout "Two Portraits of Jesus" – download
  • Handout "Parables of Jesus" – download
  • Handout "Four Accounts of Resurrection" – download
    • Additional handout "Differing Accounts of the Resurrection Story" – download
  • Handout "Once and Future Christ Faith" – download

*feel free to find other sources of the text (Kindle, used, compendiums, etc.).

What are see classes?

*Spiritual Education and Enrichment (SEE) is a 25-course Unity program to deepen your understanding of truth teachings. Classes include metaphysics, meditation, Bible overview, Jesus' teachings, prayer, and so much more.

Unity Lake Houston offers classes for credit (optional) in the form of a weekly book study. You can also take classes online or at Unity Village in Kansas City. To learn more about the SEE program visit the website of Unity Institute.