Had an opportunity this week to preview a new study by Judah Smith. Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human is an 8 session small group study that reveals the character of Jesus in a powerful way. Judah Smith is the Lead Pastor of The City Church, a multi-site church with thousands in attendance each weekend in the Seattle area. He’s also a popular speaker at conferences and events in the United States and abroad.
(From the introduction) “Jesus is ______________? That question was at the heart of a campaign The City Church launched with the goal of getting Seattle to think about Jesus. Given a chance to fill in the blank on a website, Jesus-Is.org, thousands of answers came in. “Some were profound. Some were hilarious. Some were spiteful. But all of them said something about the spiritual journeys of the people filling in the blanks.”
Jesus Is “breaks down who Jesus is and explains how understanding Jesus more fully will enrich your life and give new meaning to your existence.” The session titles are:
- Scandalous Grace
- Friend of Sinners
- With You Always
- Alive Together
- Accusers & Advocates
- Count the Ways
- With Us and For Us
- Live Like You’re Righteous
DVD-driven, Jesus Is features a series of simple but profound teachings by Smith. The videos are short, averaging 5 to 8 minutes in length.
The Participant’s Guide is simple but very effective. After watching the DVD, every discussion is set up with several scripture passages to be read aloud by the group. A well crafted set of thought-provoking questions prompt group discussion. Daily readings accompany each session and consist of a Bible passage, a short devotional thought and a few questions for reflection. Although there is no leader’s guide, this study is well-designed and easy to use for brand new and experienced group leaders.
Jesus Is will fill in a blank spot on many recommended lists. If you’re looking for a study that will help group members gain a deeper understanding of Jesus and His character, you need to take a look at Jesus Is. I liked it and I think you will too!
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