I had an opportunity to preview the newest Kyle Idleman study this week. Idleman is a teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church, one of the largest churches in the country with nearly 21,000 in attendance every weekend. He is also an author and presenter on several projects with City on a Hill Productions.
Idleman’s latest book, The End of Me: Where Real Life in the Upside Down Ways of Jesus Begins, examined Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, and unpacking the many counter-intuitive truths, including: brokenness is the way to wholeness, mourning is the path to blessing, and emptiness is required in order to know true fullness.
For me, not many small group studies are as eagerly anticipated as anything new from Kyle Idleman and the crew at City on a Hill Productions. Idleman’s previous study, Not a Fan, challenged us to pick up our cross and die to ourself. The End of Me “explores the upside down paths that lead us to Jesus.”
Produced by City on a Hill, The End of Me is the latest in an growing catalog of some of the most compelling and artistically creative studies available. I’ve reviewed a number of earlier studies from City on a Hill and it’s not a stretch to say that the production values are always top notch, even remarkable. The End of Me is no exception (Not a Fan, H20, and The Easter Experience).
The End of Me is a four week DVD-driven study that features the personal testimonies of author and spoken word artist Jefferson Bethke, NBA star Landry Fields, founder and director of Scarlet Hope Rachelle Starr, and the former manager of Apple Records Ken Mansfield.
An easy to use leader’s guide provides the discussion questions designed to expand every participants understanding of the topic. In addition, each session includes a creative element designed to enhance the impact of the teaching. The End of Me also features a daily journal designed to provide additional reflection and encouragement for the participant, extending the teaching beyond the session itself.
The End of Me picks up right where Not a Fan left off. I found what I anticipated. This is a powerful study that will help many begin to follow the life-changing teaching of Jesus. I loved it and I think you will too.