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|A companion to the best-selling "Crazy Love" book, by pastor Francis Chan, this 10-week study follows a day-in-the-life of Francis in the form of ten, 10-minute segments that correspond to each chapter of "Crazy Love."|
Arriving at the perfect time is a 10 week DVD study resource that allows individuals and groups to go deeper with the Crazy Love message. This DVD is designed to initiate and facilitate discussion, interaction, and practical application of Francis Chan's message, making this a valuable resource for small groups, churches, youth groups, and college campus ministries. The DVD includes: Ten 10-minute segments that can be watched straight through by an individual or chapter-by-chapter for smallgroup study and discussion. Discussion questions and prompts corresponding to each chapter with Francis asking the questions as conversation launchers. Behind the scenes, out-takes, and other bonus components.
It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts--it's falling in love with God. The Crazy Love Study Resource helps you and your small group to dive deeper into God's love. A companion to the best-selling Crazy Love book, by pastor Francis Chan, this 10-week study follows a day-in-the-life of Francis in the form of ten, 10-minute segments that correspond to each chapter of Crazy Love . These thought-provoking teachings are designed spark discussion, interaction, and practical application of the Crazy Love message with small groups, churches, youth groups, and individuals. DVD includes: Ten teaching segments with questions for small group discussion. Printable Small Group Study Guide. Behind-the-scenes footage and outtakes
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|Publisher||Cook, David C.|
|As told to||Danae Yankoski|
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There are many voices critiquing the North American church today. The voices come from both within and without; from those who love the church and those who hate it. We all know that there is something wrong. But what? In many cases the prescription is the same while the cure varies widely. In his new book Crazy Love, first-time author Francis Chan, pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, regular speaker at Passion conferences and other events, and the guy who recorded that "Just Stop and Think" evangelistic video where he walks for miles holding a surfboard, takes his opportunity to challenge the church. "This book," he says, "is written for those who want more Jesus. It is for those who are bored with what American Christianity offers. It is for those who don't want to plateau, who would rather die before their convictions do." It is a book that is meant to change the way Christians live their lives.
There are two ways of critiquing the church. We can critique out of love or out of disgust. Chan is committed to critiquing the church as an act of love. In a recent interview, when asked about the emergent church, he said this: "As a pastor I hear a lot of emergent leaders talk about what is wrong with the church. It comes across as someone who doesn't love the church. I'm a pastor first and foremost, and I'm trying to offer a solution or a model of what church should look like. I'm going back to scripture and seeing what the church was in its simplest form and trying to recreate that in my own church. I'm not coming up with anything new. I'm calling people to go back to the way it was. I'm not bashing the church. I'm loving it." And his love for the church is obvious throughout this book.
The format of Crazy Love is straightforward and effective. Chan dedicates three chapters to renewing our understanding of the character of God and seven chapters calling Christians to examine themselves. Within the book are two ongoing themes that are going to get people talking.
The first theme is that we must painstakingly examine ourselves. We cannot assume we are saved, or to use the biblical metaphor, we cannot assume that we are the good soil. Chan calls the reader to a serious self-inventory through a chapter that provides a profile of the lukewarm. He concludes, "a lukewarm Christian is an oxymoron; there's no such thing. To put it plainly, churchgoers who are `lukewarm' are not Christians. We will not see them in heaven." God wants all or nothing.
The second theme is deeply counter-cultural, going against the stream of both Christian and secular culture. It is this: live your best life later. Chan wants to see Christians living differently--living in a way that is markedly different from those around them. He wants to see Christians forgoing much of what we consider necessary, what we consider our due, in order to focus on treasures that are eternal. He wants us to get outside the realm of what is comfortable to us and focus instead on radical obedience. "God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through."
These two themes and a focus on the Scriptures serve to create a powerful and deeply challenging book. There is a very obvious commitment here to teach Scriptural
For the longest time I haven't been happy with my relationship with God. This book helped me realize why. Francis Chan convicts you and challenges you to go deeper with God in a genuine and sincere way. I love his continuous references to the Bible. That let's me know that these words aren't just coming from Chan but from God Himself; Chan just helps put things into perspective. It's an easy to read book and short but to the point. I am really glad my friend urged me to read it & now I urge you to read it :) I've already bought two copies for my friends. So if you're looking for a deeper more truthful, genuine, and sincere relationship with God this book is definitely for you!
P.S. Francis Chan also has a Crazy Love DVD that goes along with this book. It has 10 different lessons that you could over in 10 weeks. It's great for small group leading. I suggest you check that out as well ^^
This is a very good book, very 'real' shining some light on what 'real Christianity', and real intimacy with Jesus is all about. It's deep but still a fast read. I also recommend his second book, The Forgotten God along with the youtube video's suggested in this book. The concept of the awe of God which is hard to wrap one's mind around along with God's incredible love for us is expressed throughout the book. I used this in a Bible Study on Intimacy with God and have shared it with many friends.
Like one of the reviews said this book should be second from the Bible it is that important for all Christians to read. It will wake you up from your complacent life. This is my second book of Crazy Love because the first one I gave to a friend but I hadn't finished it yet. I just felt it was so important I didn't want to make her wait to read it. I am almost finished and it sure has made me aware of what was going on in my life and how I was living my day by day. I don't want to be that lukewarm Christian that Jesus spews out of His mouth! This book opened my eyes to the way I was really living. PLEASE READ IT! Please read and pass it on or however you want to do but it will be money well spent!!!
It changed my life God is CRAZY in LOVE with us !!!!!!The Love is God is so unique that just being a Christian isnt good enough God wants us to go deeper. This is a must read for everyone!!!!! Thank you