Quit playing it safe and start running toward the roar!
When the image of a man-eating beast travels through the optic nerve and into the visual cortex, the brain sends the body a simple but urgent message: run away! That’s what normal people do, but not lion chasers. Rather than seeing a five-hundred-pound problem, they see an opportunity for God to show up and show His power.
Chase the Lion is more than a catch phrase; it’s a radically different approach to life. It’s only when we stop fearing failure that we can fully seize opportunity by the mane. With grit and gusto, New York Times best-selling author Mark Batterson delivers a bold message to everyone with a big dream.
This is a wake-up call to stop living as if the purpose of life was to simply arrive safely at death. Our dreams should scare us. They should be so big that without God they would be impossible to achieve. Quit running away from what you’re afraid of.
Chase the lion!
Change the world!
What is your five-hundred-pound dream?
In this highly anticipated sequel to his best-selling In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Mark Batterson invites lion chasers everywhere to chase dreams so impossible that victory demands we face our fears, defy the odds, and hold tight to God.
These are the kind of dreams that will make you a bigger person and the world a better place.
Based upon 2 Samuel 23, Chase the Lion tells the true story of an ancient warrior named Benaiah who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day—and then killed it. For most people, that situation wouldn’t just be a problem…it would be the last problem they ever faced. For Benaiah, it was an opportunity to step into his destiny. After defeating the lion, he landed his dream job as King David’s bodyguard and eventually became commander-in-chief of Israel’s army under King Solomon.
Written in a way that both challenges and encourages, this revolutionary book will help unleash the faith and courage you need to identify, chase, and catch the five-hundred-pound dreams in your life.
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Table of Contents
1 Chase the Lion 1
On a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it.-2 Samuel 23:20, NLT
2 A Dream Within a Dream 7
These are the names of David's mighty warriors.-2 Samuel 23:8
3 The Ripple Effect 19
In one encounter-2 Samuel 23:8
4 The Door to the Future 29
He raised his spear against eight hundred men.-2 Samuel 23:8
5 The Game of Inches 39
He was with David when they taunted the Philistines.-2 Samuel 23:9
6 The Decisive Moment 53
But Eleazar stood his ground.-2 Samuel 23:10
7 Frozen 65
Till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword-2 Samuel 23:10
8 Field of Dreams 77
There was a field full of lentils.-2 Samuel 23:11
9 On This Spot 89
At the cave of Adullam-2 Samuel 23:13
10 The Lion's Den 99
Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?-2 Samuel 23:17
11 Fight Club 107
A valiant fighter from Kabzeel-2 Samuel 23:20
12 Rim to the Roar 119
He chased a lion.-2 Samuel 23:20, NLT
13 Snowy Day 129
On a snowy day-2 Samuel 23:20
14 Five-Pound Dream 139
He snatched the spear-2 Samuel 23:21
15 Double Destiny 147
He too was as famous as the three mighty warriors.-2 Samuel 23:22
16 Chain Reaction 155
And David put him in charge of his bodyguard.-2 Samuel 23:23
17 The Rabbit Room 165
Among the Thirty-2 Samuel23:24
18 Counter narratives 173
Benaiah the Pirathonite-2 Samuel 23:30
19 The Thirteenth Virtue 181
Naharai the Beerothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah-2 Samuel 23:37
20 A Hundred Years from Now 189
There were thirty-seven in all.-2 Samuel 23:39
Discussion Questions 202
Questions and Answers with Mark Batterson
1. You write that "most of us spend most of our lives running away from the things we're afraid of." How can we overcome our fear?
The key to overcoming the fear of failure is not successit's failure in small enough doses that you build up immunity! You've got to face your fears by doing what you're afraid of. You make it a way of life by seeking out situations that scare you to life. That's what it means to run to the roar.
2. Tell us the amazing story of how your new "miracle theater" church on Capitol Hill began. What happened 49 years ago to birth this dream?
In 1960, an evangelist named R. W. Schambach was holding a revival in Washington, D.C. As he walked by a movie theater at 535 Eighth Street SE, he felt prompted to pray that God would shut down the theater and turn it into a church. Two years later it became the People's Church. And 49-years later it would become National Community Church. Everything goes does in and through our Capitol Hill campus is a prayer within a prayer, a dream within a dream, a miracle within a miracle.
The irony is that we've converted that campus back not a movie theaterwe show movies during off-church hours! One of our core convictions is that the church belongs in the middle of the marketplace. After all, Jesus didn't just hang out in the synagogue. He hung out at wells. That's why we own and operated a coffeehouse. It's why we own and operate a movie theater. We get to control what goes on the screen, and it's a great way for the church and community to cross paths.
3. How can someone discern if an idea or dream they receive is worth chasing?
Here's a good rule of thumb: If you're going to get out of a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee, you'd better make sure that Jesus said, "Come." But if Jesus says, "Come," you'd better not stay in the boat. The challenge, of course, is discerning when to do what. Either way, the key is discerning the voice of God. If He says, "Stay," then stay. If He says, "Come," then come. How do you discern the voice of God? It starts with the Word of God. If you want to get a word from God, get into the Word of God.
I'd rather have one God idea than a thousand good ideas. Good ideas are good, but God ideas change the course of history!
4. You say "if God called you, you aren't really doubting yourself. You're doubting God." Please expand on this.
First of all, God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called. So let's quit making excuses. If you're looking for an excuse, you'll always find one! But that's true of opportunity, too! If God has called you to do something, it's not your reputation that is at stake. It's God's reputation. Faith is risking your reputation to establish God's reputation.
5. In your book you encourage readers to go after a dream so big that is destined to fail unless there is divine intervention. Could you share an example of this from your own life and how the inception of the dream came about?
We had no business going into the coffeehouse business 10 years ago, but I knew the dream for Ebenezers Coffeehouse was from God. I also believed God would bless it, especially since every penny of profit would go to kingdom causes. We had very little experience, but Ebenezers has been voted the #1 coffeehouse in DC several times by several different publications. We've now had more than a million customers and given away more than $1 million, but it started with a crazy idealet's turn a crackhouse into a coffeehouse.
By definition, a God-sized dream is beyond your ability and beyond your resources. And that's the beauty of a dream that is bigger than you areit forces you to pray like it depends on God because it does!
6. You say "We start dying the day we stop dreaming." What would you say to those who don't have a dream or maybe they have seen their dream die and don't see any hope of it being resurrected?
If you don't have a dream, get around someone who does! One of the best ways to discover your own dream is to help someone else accomplish theirs!
If you have a dream that has died, don't give up on it. Most of my dreams have had to go through a death and resurrection. I've had the joy of pastoring NCC for 20 years now, but it's not my first rodeo. My first attempt at church planting failed, and I'm grateful it did. I learned some tough lessons, but I wouldn't trade that failure for anything. If our church plant in Chicago had not died, I don't think I would have made it to Washington, DC.
7. You say that "too often the church complains about culture instead of creating it." Why do you think this is so? How can someone stir more innovation and creativity in their life?
I live by Michelangelo's motto: criticize by creating. We should be more known for what we're for than what we're against. Let's write better books, start better businesses, draft better legislation, produce better films. How? With the help of the Holy Spirit.
Quit complaining about what's wrong and do something about it. And don't let what you cannot do keep you from doing what you can!