~ The Insanity of Obedience Bible Study Book includes small-group experiences for six sessions, weekly individual-study opportunities, applicable Scripture, "How to Use This Study," and tips for leading a group.
How do we begin to walk and work with God, especially in dangerous places? Based on the documentary The Insanity of God, this Bible study presents missionary Nik Ripken sharing true stories of people who are suffering for the name of Jesus.
This study is an invitation to open your heart, your mind, and your eyes to the realities of walking with Jesus in difficult places. Engage with Scripture and see what it means to be a true follower of Jesus, not just someone who believes certain truths. Discover the answers to key missiological and theological questions about living sacrificially for the cause of Christ.
Believers play a significant role in God's divine purpose. Observe how Christians all over the world are not only surviving but also thriving in the midst of persecution.
1) Missions - This session deals with Gods command to be on mission and our response to His command. The Bible is to be lived out in the present active tense.
2) Persecution - This session explores faith in persecution and suffering. Is obedience on this level insane, especially in the midst of popular theology that encourages obedience leading to success and comfort?
3) Family - This session deals with the spread of the gospel by addition and exponential growth. Faith grows in families and communities, from a single believer to small groups of believers to succeeding generations.
4) Growth - This session deals with the dynamics of healthy growth.
5) Victory - This session describes and celebrates the miracle of victorious living through an enduring faith - especially in hostile environments.
6) Church - This session is a summary and personal call to action for individuals, groups, and churches to join God's mission - no matter how insane obedience may look. Why? Because Jesus is worth it.
Biblically rooted and gospel-centered
Firsthand accounts in the author's voice
Individual-study opportunities for ongoing spiritual growth
Group and personal components
Confront the misconception that church membership is the same as following Jesus.
See that the Bible's commands are nonnegotiable.
Break the grip of the seduction of comfort and ask Christians to face the question, Who is Jesus, and is He worth my life?
Put aside programs and practices to insert missional sacrifice and calling into the normal rhythms of church culture.
Give group members examples of ways to identify and respond to God's call on their lives.
Show believers how best to respond when persecution comes.
Demonstrate to groups that the bar of Christianity has become low in Western culture.
Reveal the Bible as nonnegotiable.
Lead believers to the conclusion that telling people about Jesus is normal Christianity.
Celebrate the miracle of victorious living.
Explore faith in persecution and suffering.
Provide a means to find courage from the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
Explore the dynamics of the personal call to action for individuals, groups, and churches to join God's mission.