I want to invite you to a life changing trip. One that will be both challenging and edifying to your walk with God; one that will help you to read the Scriptures in a revolutionary way.
In January of 2021, Dr. Steve Notley and I, Dr. Jeff Garcia, will be leading a trip to the land of the Bible, Israel. Dr. Notley and I specialize in the ancient world of Jesus, having dedicated our careers to this pursuit.
For us, the Incarnation is key and requires us as followers to take God’s entry into the world seriously. It means that culture, history, and the highways and byways of the land of Israel are intimately connected to the biblical story.
"Rise and Walk the Land: In the Footsteps of Jesus” will introduce you to the land of Israel in both its ancient and modern contexts. You will travel quite literally, as the Bible describes, from Dan to Beersheva—that is the extent of Israel in the ancient period. You will be able to read the account of Abraham IN the city of Beesheva! And consider Jeroboam and the northern altar of Israel that he builds while standing in front of the archaeological remains of that altar!
As we move through the land, we will consider Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee and put the Gospels back into their historical context as we stand on the shores of Galilee, see the archaeological remains of Peter’s House in Capernaum, and the newly discovered city of Bethsaida, which was the home of Peter, Andrew, and Philip. This time will be complemented by moments of worship and prayer in a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, at the Western Wall, and elsewhere. Our final journey on this trip we will be like Jesus as we set our faces to Jerusalem. There we will visit Bethlehem and the church of Nativity where Christmas is celebrated every December 25th. Walking Jerusalem's Old City we will view the ancient remains that lie below the city and tell us the story of Jesus’ last week. We will also have the opportunity to walk the Via Dolorosa (the “way of suffering”) as the Gospels describe and reflect about the meaning of the crucifixion and resurrection as we visit where these events occurred.
All along the way, you will be introduced to modern life in Israel through the vibrancy and hospitality of its citizens, hearing from both Palestinian and Jewish voices.
And these are just some of the highlights!
From experience, we know that you will have a wonderful time and pray that you will join us in January, 2021.
We hope to see you there.