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The DVD and this guide create an ideal package for adult and youth Sunday school classes, small groups, retreats, classrooms, families, as well as for individual study.
Topics for this 12-session guided group study include:
This study guide is designed to be used in a twelve-session* guided group study that focuses on the Desiring God DVD set. After an introductory lesson, each subsequent lesson examines one thirty-minute session from the Desiring God DVD set. You the learner are encouraged to prepare for the viewing of each session by reading and reflecting upon Scripture, by considering key quotations, and by asking yourself penetrating questions. Your preparatory work for Lessons 2–11 is marked with the heading “Before You Watch the DVD, Study and Prepare.”
The workload is conveniently divided into five daily, manageable assignments. There is also a section suggesting further study. This work is to be completed individually before the group convenes to view the DVD and discuss the material.
Throughout this study guide, paragraphs printed in a shaded box (like this one) are excerpts from a book written by John Piper or excerpts taken from the Desiring God Web site (www.desiringgod.org). They are included to supplement the study questions and to summarize key or provocative points.
The second section in Lessons 2–11, entitled “Further Up and Further In,” is designed for the learner who wants to explore in greater detail the concepts and ideas introduced in the lesson. This section is not required, but it will deepen your understanding of the material. This section requires that you read online sermons or articles from the Desiring God Web site (www.desiringgod.org) and answer relevant questions. These sermons can be found by performing a title search at the Desiring God Web site.
The third section in Lessons 2–11, entitled “While You Watch the DVD, Take Notes,” is to be completed as the DVD is playing. This section includes fill-in-the-blanks and leaves space for note taking. You are encouraged to engage with the DVD by filling in the appropriate blanks and writing down other notes that will aid you during the group discussion.
The fourth section in each normal lesson is “After You Watch the DVD, Discuss What You’ve Learned.” Three discussion questions are provided to guide and focus the conversation. You may record, in the spaces provided, notes that will help you contribute to the conversation. Or you may use this space to record things from the discussion that you want to remember.
The fifth and final section is an application section: “After You Discuss, Make Application.” You will be challenged to record a takeaway point and to engage in a certain activity that is a fitting response to the content presented in the lesson.
Group leaders will want to peruse the Leader’s Guide, which is included at the conclusion of the study guide.
Life transformation will only occur by the grace of God. Therefore, we highly encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer throughout the learning process. Pray that God would open your eyes to see wonderful things in his Word. Pray that he would grant you the insight and concentration you need in order to get the most from this resource. Pray that God would cause you to not merely understand the truth, but also to rejoice in it. And pray that the discussion in your group would be mutually encouraging and edifying. We’ve included objectives at the beginning of each lesson. These objectives won’t be realized without the gracious work of God through prayer.
*While this study guide is ideally suited for a twelve-session study, it is possible to complete it in six sessions. For instructions on how to use this study guide for a six-session group study, turn to Appendix A: “Six-Session Intensive Option.”
Lesson 1: Introduction to Desiring God
It is our prayer that after you have finished this lesson…
• You will have a better sense of how you and others in your group approach the Christian life.
• Your thoughts on the subject will be stirred, and questions will come to mind.
• You will grow more eager to hear what the Bible says about the essence of following Christ.
1. What is your name?
2. Tell the group something about yourself that they probably don’t already know.
3. What are you hoping to learn from this study?
A Preview of Desiring God
1. In one sentence write your personal mission statement that answers the question, “What is my overarching purpose in life?” Share your statement with the group and explain how you arrived at it.
2. List what you think are the top five virtues in the Christian life and rate them from one to five, with one being the most important. Share your list and ratings with the group and explain your reasoning.
Posted May 23, 2011
Today I am reviewing a DVD and its study guide by John Piper.
The DVD /Study Guide is called Desiring God- Finding Complete Satisfaction and Joy in God I could not wait to pop the DVD in and review this study when I got it. I sat and took it all in. I mean who can't use a little more joy and desiring of God in their life. I sat and listened to the seminar that is based on a series of sermons that John Piper preached in the1980's and he then wrote a book called Desiring God in 1986. The sermons are as relevant today as they were then. I realized shortly into watching the seminar and reading the study guide that this might be harder to do than I thought. John started this seminar lesson with "It is better to give than receive". Mr. Piper speaks on many lessons that are about what it is to have Christian Hedonism, he gives you the definition of it and later he goes into how to walk in Christian Hedonism. Mr. Piper has a study guide that goes with every lesson in the seminar on the DVD. The study guide is a very detailed with questions that really make you reflect and of course Bible readings as well. This is a 12 week study. I will be doing a more detailed study after this review I don't want to miss something because I have my mind on the review of this. As I watched the DVDs (the study comes with two DVDS and a study guide) I took note that he had a powerful message. He was very educated and I like that he gave a biography of different times of his life. He deals with the fact that this will be a struggle for us before we get joy. I liked this DVD study Guide set. I got a lot out of the reviewing this product. If you are new in your Christian walk this is a good study for you. If you are in the middle of your walk God this is a good one for you. If you think your relationship with God is perfect right were it is at, I still think you can learn from this DVD/Study Guide. This is one of those re-read studies years after your first study. I give it five stars. I would like to thank Waterbrook Multonomah for allowing me to review this. They provided me with this free in exchange for writing a review. The opinions are my own. It was truly an honor to review Mr. Piper's work.
Posted May 3, 2011
It took way too long to finish an analysis on John Piper's book titled "Desiring God". I first want to start out by pointing out that this book is a good read, however, its a long read, with great amounts of scripture to off set John's grand thesis of Christian Hedonism.
Christian Hedonism is what this book hinges on, and in his arguements he goes to great lengths to have us as the reader understand that being a Christian allows us the opportunity to take great joy in the Lord. He even goes as far as to say that taking joy in the Lord, in all circumstances is actually a commandment, and that in doing so we fully understand the character of the Lord. John Piper invites us to fight the temptation to make our faith a religion, and maintain it as a relationship full of affections and Love for our Father and maker in heaven.
Overall I think he is spot on and takes a swing at the ultra conservatism that has almost quenched the Holy Spirit, making Christianity lifeless, cold and often distant for many. The life blood of Christianity is a faith in a Savior, who in obedience, joyfully followed his Father's every command. It wasn't merely dutiful, it was a pleasure and a joy.
It is with great pleasure that we as Christians are allowed to share in his glory, no matter the trial, tribulation or triumph. Our God is victorious always and thus, we have an eternal perspective that gives us hope, which strenghthens faith.
If you are looking for a quick read steer clear. Give yourself a good couple of weeks to dive into this book, its a good read, and is intellectually stimulating.This is recommended for the Christian yearning to feast on something other than spiritual milk (which, by the way, is alright for anyone, in any stage of their walk).