The Word Among Us

May 2005 Issue

"People Are Ready. . ."

Why Small-Group Bible Studies Are Catching On

By: Rich Cleveland

The story is familiar, yet always gripping. On the afternoon of the Sunday following Jesus' crucifixion, two of his followers are trudging to the village of Emmaus, despondently discussing their Master's death. Sunk in gloom, they fail to recognize the risen Jesus when he joins them on their way. Still, they become riveted as he enters the discussion and explains the meaning of the biblical prophecies about the Messiah.

Later, with their eyes opened to Jesus' identity, these two disciples look back to their Emmaus walk as a wondrous journey of illumination:...

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