On Sunday, February 27, 2022, at 5 PM, Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson will give a lecture entitled, “He Descended to the Dead: An Evangelical Theology of Holy Saturday.” The descent of Jesus Christ to the dead has been a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith, as indicated by its inclusion in both the Apostles’ and Athanasian Creeds. Falling between Christ’s death on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday, this affirmation has been a cause for Christian worship and reflection on Holy Saturday through the centuries. At the same time, the descent has been the subject of suspicion and scrutiny, perhaps especially from evangelicals, some of whom do not find support for it within Scripture and have even called for it to be excised from the creeds. Led by the mystery and wonder of Holy Saturday, this seminar will encourage those who profess faith in Christ to consider the whole work of our Savior by giving special attention to biblical, historical, theological, and practical implications of the descent.

Dr. Emerson will also preach in CCWC’s Sunday morning service.

Matt Emerson serves as Dean of Theology, Art, and Humanities at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK, where he has been teaching since 2015. Emerson has authored or co-authored over 20 publications, including The Story of Scripture: An Introduction to Biblical Theology, Between The Cross and the Throne: The Book of Revelation, and Christ and the New Creation: A Canonical Approach to the Theology of the New Testament. Emerson and his wife, Alicia, have five daughters.