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The Jesus I Never Knew (Participants Guide)

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With this participant's guide your group will have ready access to a complete, easy to lead, interactive curriculum enabling all of you to capture a fresh, challenging, and life-changing vision of the Jesus of the Gospels.


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With this participant's guide your group will have ready access to a complete, easy to lead, interactive curriculum enabling all of you to capture a fresh, challenging, and life-changing vision of the Jesus of the Gospels.
-Publisher

1. The Jesus I Thought I Knew 2. Birth: The Visited Planet 3. Background: Jewish Roots and Soil 4. Temptation: Showdown in the Desert 5. Profile: What Would I Have Noticed? 6. Beatitudes: Lucky Are the Unlucky 7. Message: A Sermon of Offense 8. Mission: A Revolution of Grace 9. Miracles: Snapshots of the Supernatural 10. Death: The Final Week 11. Resurrection: A Morning Beyond Belief 12. Ascension: A Blank Blue Sky 13. Kingdom: Wheat Among the Weeds 14. The Difference He Makes 112 Pages
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 120617
  • Product Code 0310224330
  • EAN 9780310224334
  • UPC 025986224332
  • Pages 112
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Mar 1998
  • Dimensions 228 x 155 x 7mm
  • Weight 0.208kg

Philip Yancey

Growing up in a strict, fundamentalist church in the southern USA, a young Philip Yancey tended to view God as 'a scowling Supercop, searching for anyone who might be having a good time in order to squash them.' Yancey jokes today about being 'in recovery' from a toxic church. 'Of course, there were good qualities too. If a neighbour's house burned down, the congregation would rally around and show charity if, that is, the house belonged to a white person. I grew up confused by the contradictions. We heard about love and grace, but I didn't experience much. And we were taught that God answers prayers, miraculously, but my father died of polio just after my first birthday, despite many prayers for his healing.'

For Yancey, reading offered a window to a different world. So, he devoured books that opened his mind, challenged his upbringing, and went against what he had been taught. A sense of betrayal engulfed him. 'I felt I had been lied to. For instance, what I learned from a book like To Kill a Mockingbird or Black Like Me contradicted the racism I encountered in church. I went through a period of reacting against everything I was taught and even discarding my faith. I began my journey back mainly by encountering a world very different than I had been taught, an expansive world of beauty and goodness. Along the way I realized that God had been misrepresented to me. Cautiously, warily, I returned, circling around the faith to see if it might be true.'

Ever since Yancey has explored the most basic questions and deepest mysteries of the Christian faith, taking millions of readers with him. Early on he crafted best-selling books such as Disappointment with God and Where is God When it Hurts? while also editing The Student Bible. He co-authored three books with the renowned surgeon Dr. Paul Brand. 'No one has influenced me more' he says. 'We had quite a trade: I gave words to his faith, and in the process he gave faith to my words.' More recently, he has felt the freedom to explore central issues of the Christian faith, penning award-winning titles such as The Jesus I Never Knew, What's So Amazing About Grace? and Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? His books have garnered 13 Gold Medallion Awards from Christian publishers and booksellers. He currently has more than 15 million books in print, published in 35 languages worldwide.

Yancey worked as a journalist in Chicago for some twenty years, editing the youth magazine Campus Life while also writing for a wide variety of magazines including Reader's Digest, Saturday Evening Post, National Wildlife, and Christianity Today. In the process he interviewed diverse people enriched by their personal faith, such as President Jimmy Carter, Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller, and Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement. In 1992 he and his wife Janet, a social worker and hospice chaplain, moved to the foothills of Colorado. His writing took a more personal, introspective turn even as his activities turned outward. 'Writing is such an introspective act that I found myself looking for ways to connect with the planet bodily. My interests include skiing, climbing mountains, mountain-biking, golf, international travel, jogging, nature, theology (in small doses), politics, literature, and classical music.'

'I write books for myself,' he says. 'I'm a pilgrim, recovering from a bad church upbringing, searching for a faith that makes its followers larger and not smaller. I feel overwhelming gratitude that I can make a living writing about the questions that most interest me. My books are a process of exploration and investigation of things I wonder about and worry about.' Yancey writes with an eye for detail, irony, and honest skepticism.

So, just how does a man who's been through all Yancey has, draw close to the God he once feared? He spends about an hour each morning reading spiritually nourishing books, meditating, and praying. This morning time, he says, helps him 'align' himself with God for the day. 'I tend to go back to the Bible as a model, because I don't know a more honest book,' Yancey explains. 'I can't think of any argument against God that isn't already included in the Bible. To those who struggle with my books, I reply, 'Then maybe you shouldn't be reading them. Yet some people do need the kinds of books I write. They've been burned by the church or they're upset about certain aspects of Christianity. I understand that feeling of disappointment, even betrayal. I feel called to speak to those living in the borderlands of faith.' He lives with his wife in Colorado.

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  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Session 1: The Jesus I Thought I Knew
  • Session 2 : Birth: The Visited Planet
  • Session 3: Background: Jewish Roots And Soil
  • Session 4: Temptation: Showdown In The Desert
  • Session 5: Profile: What Would I Have Noticed?
  • Session 6: Beatitudes: Lucky Are The Unlucky
  • Session 7: Message: A Sermon Of Offense
  • Session 8: Mission: A Revolution Of Grace
  • Session 9: Miracles: Snapshots Of The Supernatural
  • Session 10: Death: The Final Week
  • Session 11: Resurrection: A Morning Beyond Belief
  • Session 12: Ascension: A Blank Blue Sky
  • Session 13: Kingdom: Wheat Among The Weeds
  • Session 14: The Difference He Makes
  • About The Writer

Session One: The Jesus I Thought I Knew Questions To Consider * How do I perceive Jesus? * Who is Philip Yancey, and how can films help me to see Jesus in a new way? * What is my answer to the question, 'Who is this man, Jesus?' The Twentieth-Century View of Jesus What one word would a church member choose to describe Jesus? How would one of your neighbors or one of your coworkers describe Jesus? In your mind's eye, what did Jesus look like? Tall? Short? Handsome? Curly hair or straight? Did he have a dark or light complexion? Where did you get this picture of him (films, paintings, books, Sunday school)? Can you describe specific images from the past? Video Notes Philip Yancey As you watch the following scenes from these three films, think of one adjective or impression that describes your reactions or feelings. If you need some help, use the questions below as a guide. Kings of Kings Is this like the image of Jesus you had growing up? The Gospel According to St. Matthew Do you find anything disturbing about Pasolini's Jesus? Son of Man Can you imagine Jesus being overweight? Can you imagine Jesus ever saying, 'Shut up!'? Personal Reflection In the first column the various stages of your life are listed for you. For each stage think of the major people and events that influenced you. Record your responses in column 2. In column 3 jot down how you related to or experienced Christ at that time. Stage of Life - Major Influence - My Experience / Thoughts/Relationship Childhood Teen Years College Days Adult Life Facts About Jesus * The birth of Jesus ________________ history. *______-__________ of all people on earth claim to be Christians. * The name of Jesus has become __________________________, even used as a _______________ _________. The perceptions we have of Jesus have been muddied by: * _____________________________ * _____________________________ * _____________________________ And yet, the question remains, '___________ _________ __________ ______________?' Bible Study 1. Read Mark 6:1 -- 6. What does this passage tell us about Jesus? 2. Do you think people today have any clearer picture of who Jesus is than did the people in his day? How do you think Jesus feels about the confusing portrait presented in today's church or by some individuals? 3. What impact do you think this type of study may have on your perceptions of who Jesus is? What do you hope might happen in this study as you take a new look at Jesus? 4. What scares you most about getting to know the real Jesus? Summary In this session we: * Looked at the various ways people perceive Jesus. * Were introduced to Philip Yancey and the film approach used throughout this course. * Learned that the bottom line is for each of us to answer the question, 'Who is this man, Jesus?'

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