The Jesus I Never Knew Participant's Guide

The Jesus I Never Knew Participant's Guide

by Philip Yancey, Sheryl Moon
     
 

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Andrew Lloyd Webber cast him as a rock-n-roll rebel in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, many Christians see him as a handsome European-looking man, and social justice groups place him next to Ghandi in his defense of the downtrodden. But, says Philip Yancey, the real Jesus would have left most people scratching their heads along with the disciples and asking

Overview

Andrew Lloyd Webber cast him as a rock-n-roll rebel in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, many Christians see him as a handsome European-looking man, and social justice groups place him next to Ghandi in his defense of the downtrodden. But, says Philip Yancey, the real Jesus would have left most people scratching their heads along with the disciples and asking, "Who is this guy?"

This is exactly the question Yancey asks in his new book The Jesus I Never Knew. Yancey's search for the real Jesus collides with the calm, cool, collected, and "loving hippie" notions of Jesus he saw in modern American culture. Instead, he finds a Galilean Jew born into apparent scandal making the most daring of claims: that he is the Way, the Truth, and the Light.

The Jesus I Never Knew developed out of a class Yancey led at LaSalle Street Church in Chicago, but finding the real Jesus has been Yancey's passion since childhood.

Yancey saw Him as a cardboard cut-out in Sunday School and a "cosmic Christ" in Bible college. Today he sees a world that marks its calendar around Jesus' birth and uses His name to intensify a curse. (Wouldn't it be odd to center a calendar around Napoleon's birth or to scream "Thomas Jefferson" in a shocking situation?).

"And yet," says Yancey, "I am not writing a book about Jesus because he is a great man who changed history. I am not tempted to write about Julius Caesar or the Chinese emperor who built the great wall. I am drawn to Jesus, irresistibly, because he has positioned himself at the dividing point of life-my life."

The Jesus I Never Knew looks at who Jesus was, why he came, and what he left behind. More than historical speculation or doctrinal recitation, Yancey asks the questions out of a personal desire to truly know Jesus.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310224334
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
03/20/1998
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Read an Excerpt

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?'

Meet the Author

Philip Yancey es periodista, autor de varios exitos de libreria y conferencista. Sus mas de veinte libros son conocidos por su honestidad, profundas busquedas en torno a la fe cristiana, especialmente en lo que concierne a interrogantes y dilemas personales. Millones de avidos lectores lo consideran como un companero confiable en la busqueda de una fe que importe. Philip y su esposa Janet viven en Colorado.

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