The 2018 College of Christian Life will be held Aug. 13-15 at the Embassy Suites, 100 Conference Center Drive in East Peoria. A complete schedule is found in the event brochure which is downloadable. Make hotel reservations by calling Embassy Suites at 309-694-0200 or visit www.embassysuiteseastpeoria.com prior to July 15. Be sure to ask for CCL rate (Code: CHR) of $114 plus tax per night (complimentary breakfast and wifi included).
The “I AM” Statements of Jesus from the gospel of John
The College of Christian Life, a clergy and laity retreat, will welcome Dr. James Fleming on August 13-15, 2018. The two-day retreat, held at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, will have six teaching sessions with Dr. Fleming on the topic: The “I AM” Statements of Jesus. Rev. Rich Rubietta will be the worship leader for the event.
Dr. Fleming shares his thoughts on the direction of the teaching sessions:
Two of the unusual features of the Gospel of John are its attention to the Jewish feasts and festivals at hand and wanting the hearer of the text to know the geographical place where Jesus was standing when he gave the teaching. These two themes have been a major part of Jim Fleming's doctoral studies in biblical historical geography and the archaeology of First Century Jewish and Roman sites in Galilee and Judea. We will discuss how attention to these themes adds new insights to the meanings of the "I Am" sayings. It is unexpected that the Gospel which seems more theologically inclined than the Synoptic Gospels, would include such specific additional seasonal and geographical information.
As clergy will be in attendance at the conference, as well as laity, there will be an attempt to address both issues of pastoral care and encouragement as well as challenges for social justice relevant to church and society today.
Download the brochure here