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Based on Philip Yancey's Gold Medallion Book of the Year on the life of Christ, The Jesus I Never Knew is a six-session small group Bible study in which Yancey uses film portraits of Jesus and contrasts them with the Jesus of the Bible.

The Jesus I Never Knew gives you fresh, uncluttered perspectives on history's central figure—his radical claims, his challenging teachings, and his effect on others . . . including you.

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The Jesus I Never Knew Participant's Guide: Six Sessions on the Life of Christ

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Overview

Based on Philip Yancey's Gold Medallion Book of the Year on the life of Christ, The Jesus I Never Knew is a six-session small group Bible study in which Yancey uses film portraits of Jesus and contrasts them with the Jesus of the Bible.

The Jesus I Never Knew gives you fresh, uncluttered perspectives on history's central figure—his radical claims, his challenging teachings, and his effect on others . . . including you.

This remarkable experience will spark discussion, interaction, application, and growth. Together, you'll share life-changing discoveries about God, the Bible, and yourself. Best of all, you'll come face-to-face with the most compelling, creative, challenging, fearless, unpredictable, and ultimately satisfying person anyone can know: Jesus Christ.

This Participant Guide is designed for use with the companion The Jesus I Never Knew DVD (sold separately). It’s filled with insights, questions for discussion, and applications that will help you discover the Jesus you never knew.

Sessions include:
1. The Jesus We Thought We Knew
2. The Teachings of Jesus
3. The Revolutionary Grace of Jesus
4. The Miracles of Jesus
5. The Death of Jesus
6. The Resurrection, Ascension and Ongoing Presence of Jesus

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310275305
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Groupware Small Group Edition Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 718,579
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. He has written thirteen Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards for What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies. Yancey lives with his wife in Colorado. Website: www.philipyancey.com

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Session One:

The Jesus I Thought I Knew

Questions To Consider

• How do I perceive Jesus?

• Who is Philip Yancey, and how can films help me to see Jesus in a new way?

• What is my answer to the question, "Who is this man, Jesus?"

The Twentieth-Century View of Jesus

What one word would a church member choose to describe Jesus?

How would one of your neighbors or one of your coworkers describe Jesus?

In your mind's eye, what did Jesus look like? Tall? Short? Handsome? Curly hair or straight? Did he have a dark or light complexion? Where did you get this picture of him (films, paintings, books, Sunday school)? Can you describe specific images from the past?

Video Notes

Philip Yancey

As you watch the following scenes from these three films, think of one adjective or impression that describes your reactions or feelings. If you need some help, use the questions below as a guide.

Kings of Kings

Is this like the image of Jesus you had growing up?

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Do you find anything disturbing about Pasolini's Jesus?

Son of Man

Can you imagine Jesus being overweight?

Can you imagine Jesus ever saying, "Shut up!"?

Personal Reflection

In the first column the various stages of your life are listed for you. For each stage think of the major people and events that influenced you. Record your responses in column 2. In column 3 jot down how you related to or experienced Christ at that time.

Stage of Life - Major Influence - My Experience / Thoughts/Relationship

Childhood

Teen Years

College Days

Adult Life

Facts About Jesus

• The birth of Jesus ________________ history.

•______-__________ of all people on earth claim to be Christians.

• The name of Jesus has become __________________________, even used as a _______________ _________.

The perceptions we have of Jesus have been muddied by:

• _____________________________

• _____________________________

• _____________________________

And yet, the question remains, "___________ _________ __________ ______________?"

Bible Study

1. Read Mark 6: 1 - 6. What does this passage tell us about Jesus?

2. Do you think people today have any clearer picture of who Jesus is than did the people in his day? How do you think Jesus feels about the confusing portrait presented in today's church or by some individuals?

3. What impact do you think this type of study may have on your perceptions of who Jesus is? What do you hope might happen in this study as you take a new look at Jesus?

4. What scares you most about getting to know the real Jesus?

Summary

In this session we:

• Looked at the various ways people perceive Jesus.

• Were introduced to Philip Yancey and the film approach used throughout this course.

• Learned that the bottom line is for each of us to answer the question, "Who is this man, Jesus?"

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Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction
Session 1: The Jesus I Thought I Knew
Session 2 : Birth: The Visited Planet
Session 3: Background: Jewish Roots and Soil
Session 4: Temptation: Showdown in the Desert
Session 5: Profile: What Would I Have Noticed?
Session 6: Beatitudes: Lucky Are the Unlucky
Session 7: Message: A Sermon of Offense
Session 8: Mission: A Revolution of Grace
Session 9: Miracles: Snapshots of the Supernatural
Session 10: Death: The Final Week
Session 11: Resurrection: A Morning Beyond Belief
Session 12: Ascension: A Blank Blue Sky
Session 13: Kingdom: Wheat Among the Weeds
Session 14: The Difference He Makes
About the Writer
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First Chapter

Session One:
The Jesus I Thought I Knew
Questions To Consider
* How do I perceive Jesus?
* Who is Philip Yancey, and how can films help me to see Jesus in a new way?
* What is my answer to the question, 'Who is this man, Jesus?'
The Twentieth-Century View of Jesus
What one word would a church member choose to describe Jesus?
How would one of your neighbors or one of your coworkers describe Jesus?
In your mind's eye, what did Jesus look like? Tall? Short? Handsome? Curly hair or straight? Did he have a dark or light complexion? Where did you get this picture of him (films, paintings, books, Sunday school)? Can you describe specific images from the past?
Video Notes
Philip Yancey
As you watch the following scenes from these three films, think of one adjective or impression that describes your reactions or feelings. If you need some help, use the questions below as a guide.
Kings of Kings
Is this like the image of Jesus you had growing up?
The Gospel According to St. Matthew
Do you find anything disturbing about Pasolini's Jesus?
Son of Man
Can you imagine Jesus being overweight?
Can you imagine Jesus ever saying, 'Shut up!'?
Personal Reflection
In the first column the various stages of your life are listed for you. For each stage think of the major people and events that influenced you. Record your responses in column 2. In column 3 jot down how you related to or experienced Christ at that time.
Stage of Life - Major Influence - My Experience / Thoughts/Relationship
Childhood
Teen Years
College Days
Adult Life

Facts About Jesus
* The birth of Jesus ________________ history.
*______-__________ of all people on earth claim to be Christians.
* The name of Jesus has become __________________________, even used as a _______________ _________.
The perceptions we have of Jesus have been muddied by:
* _____________________________
* _____________________________
* _____________________________
And yet, the question remains, '___________ _________ __________ ______________?'
Bible Study
1. Read Mark 6:1 -- 6. What does this passage tell us about Jesus?
2. Do you think people today have any clearer picture of who Jesus is than did the people in his day? How do you think Jesus feels about the confusing portrait presented in today's church or by some individuals?
3. What impact do you think this type of study may have on your perceptions of who Jesus is? What do you hope might happen in this study as you take a new look at Jesus?
4. What scares you most about getting to know the real Jesus?
Summary
In this session we:
* Looked at the various ways people perceive Jesus.
* Were introduced to Philip Yancey and the film approach used throughout this course.
* Learned that the bottom line is for each of us to answer the question, 'Who is this man, Jesus?'

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