Basic. #01: Fear God (#01 in Basic. Dvd Series)
"Fear of the Lord Leads to Life" Why would a new series about God start with "Fear God"? It seems uncomfortable, counter cultural. Exactly. One of the recurring themes we see in the Bible is the idea of...
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"Fear of the Lord Leads to Life"
Why would a new series about God start with "Fear God"? It seems uncomfortable, counter cultural. Exactly.
One of the recurring themes we see in the Bible is the idea of fearing God. When it comes to fearing God, though, it seems like so many in the church today want to reduce this fear to some sort of reverence, or respect, or awe. It's almost like we want to apologize to our culture for having a God who tells us to fear him.
Is the fear that God talks about in the Bible really much more than we want to admit? Could it be that when the Bible says we're to fear God, it's not just respect -- that it really means we're to be terrified of him? Could it be that a healthy fear -- or terror -- of a holy God really is the beginning of wisdom? Or could it be that this fear of God is what will ultimately lead us to the life that we were created to live.
The first in a seven-DVD series addresses how the fear of God, which is undeniable, can lead to life. A true fear of God leads to the keeping of His commandments, leads to life, and is the beginning of wisdom.
The Christian life was meant to be a journey, not a routine.
BASIC is a seven-part short film series from the creators of NOOMA featuring Francis Chan inviting us to reclaim the simple, full, and beautiful journey that our lives are intended to be.
The first three BASIC films begin at the most fundamental level asking, "Who is God?" Francis addresses, reveals, and reinforces a foundational framework to better understand the complex truths of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Films four through seven focus on "The Practices of the Church," and by living these out, we are the Church.
We're all looking for a solid foundation - something we can build our lives around. We crave a profound assurance that God, His ways, and His Word will carry us through - leading to basic conclusions to complex questions we wrestle with.
Francis Chan (born 1967) is the former founding pastor and teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, California. After being raised by his Buddhist grandmother in Hong Kong, Francis came to America at the age of five. His mother, stepmother and father all tragically died before his 13th birthday. Francis came to know the Lord in high school and in 1994 he and his wife Lisa started Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley. From just 30 original attendees, Cornerstone grew to 1,600 members by 2000. Francis stepped down from his role at Cornerstone in 2010 - by which time the church had 4,000 regular attendees. He believed God was calling him and his wife to take a 'step of faith' to launch a new ministry as an extension of Cornerstone Church, in a large city in America. Since 2011, Chan has concentrated his church planting efforts on San Francisco, where he has been involved in Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, a multiethnic, non-denominational evangelical church.
At Cornerstone Francis started up diverse and influential ministries including Cornerstone Television and Eternity Bible College (from 2004). He has been a highly sought-after speaker at many Christian colleges and youth conferences in the US and internationally. His commitment is to teach directly from the Bible and his passion is to see the next generation of American Christians display a much deeper love for Jesus.
Francis is committed to radical gospel-centred generosity in relation to his own finances. He gives away the majority of his income to charities, including the royalties from sales of his books and training resources. He is on the board of directors for Children's Hunger Fund and World Impact. Francis has used astute investments in restaurants and real estate to finance his own mission outreach efforts.
Francis is the best-selling author of several books, teaching DVDs and study guides. His book Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God has topped a million sales since its release in 2009, and all the proceeds are donated to charity. With an authentic message, a radical call to true faith and a dare to fall head over heels in love with God, Crazy Love's challenge has resonated in hearts of all ages.
Francis and his wife Lisa, have seven children, and live in San Francisco.