Just when you may have thought I’d forgotten about this series…….. In Chapter 9, Mr. Idleman has us take a look at Luke 9:23: Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. Now, when I read this passage, I normally focus on the “take up his cross” part … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Chapter 9: Come After Me
I know it has been a few weeks, but I haven’t forgotten about our open study on Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. For those who are new to my blog, we are currently discussing the book Not a Fan. As the title indicates, it is more than a book review but far from an official book study. In Chapter 8, Kyle takes a long … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: An Open Invitation
I saw this on Facebook and it reminded me of why I am doing such an in-depth study on Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman. You see, many of us think we are followers of Jesus Christ, when in reality, we may be only fans, believers at the most. I know the heart of the person who posted this picture. I know this person did … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review:Not A Fan:Narrow or Broad?
Yesterday we were talking about how Christians often miss our target of following Jesus when we get distracted by following rules. Today we will touch a little more about rules vs. relationship as we finish up with Chapter 5 of Kyle Idleman’s Not a Fan. As we discussed yesterday, Jesus was very upset with the religious leaders. Not only were they rejecting Him, but their … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not A Fan: Rules or Relationship; Guilt or Grace?
I got busy last week talking on other subjects God had laid on my heart, I didn’t get a chance to do a Not A Fan post. For all of you I left waiting in limbo, I apologize. In Chapter 5 of Kyle Idleman’s book Not a Fan, he asks a very important question: are your following Jesus or are you following the rules? For … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: Who Or What Are You Following?
Luke 14: 25-34: 25 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not A Fan: Is Jesus My One and Only?
Is it Friday yet? I’m not one for wishing my life away, but I am ready to put this week behind me! Yesterday, we started Chapter 3 of Not of Fan by Kyle Idleman, titled Knowledge About Him or Intimacy with Him. We talked about how a lot of us mistake our knowledge about Jesus for intimacy with Jesus. Kyle explained that we can know … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: Intimacy vs. Knowledge
Happy, Happy Tuesday to us all! God is so good! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and life goes on…and so does our quest for diagnosing fandom. If this is your first time joining us, please note we are in Chapter 3 of Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman doing a little study on the fans and followers of Jesus Christ. Please click … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: Do you know about Jesus or do you know Jesus?
Yesterday we were talking about how “belief” alone will not make you a follower of Jesus. It is what you do with that belief that determines if you are a fan or follower. “Jesus does not hold back with Nicodemus. Following Jesus would require a commitment that would cost Nicodemus a great deal. As we look at what it means to follow Jesus, this become … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: Interference!
Happy Thursday to you all! I pray you all are enjoying our in-depth study of Kyle Idleman’s book Not a Fan. If you are not enjoying it, I pray at least it is making you think and evaluate your relationship with Jesus. Yesterday I asked you: Have you made a decision for Jesus or have you committed to Jesus? Doesn’t seem like there is much … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: A Decision or a Commitment?