We cannot see a relationship with christ as simply a ticket into heaven. Encourage the students to bring their journals to life groups. See followers instances in the king james version kjv. I met a lot of fans of jesus who encouraged me to keep doing what i was doing, but didnt want to stop and help. This book disrupts the status quo and challenges readers to follow christ with. Fan or follower introduction if this is a new group or you have new people, allow some time for everyone to introduce themselves and share what they hope to gain out of the study.
To be a follower of jesus means much more than being a member of his fan club. Are you someone who makes jesus a sunday part of your life but then, once you get home from church you put him and your bible up on the shelf until next sunday or do you make him a day to day part of your life. Follow the journey of eric nelson, a man leading a triple life. The subtitle of the book is becoming a completely committed follower of jesus.
This unconventional small group experience is a cinematic journey through a series of six minimovies providing a unique perspective to help shape todays believer into a first century christ follower. Fans want jesus to inspire them, but jesus wants to interfere with their lives. Not a fan small group christian bible study city on a hill studio. For a complete scripture study system, try swordsearcher bible software, which includes the unabridged version of this dictionary. The not a fan small group bible study examines what it means to deny ones self and truly follow. After several losing seasons you can expect him to jump off the fan wagon and begin cheering for some other team. With frankness sprinkled with humor, idleman invites you to live the way jesus lived. Student edition includes funny stories, personal reflections, and deep, biblical content, calling teenagers to live the way jesus lived, love the way he loved, pray the way he prayed, and never give up living for the one who gave his all for them. For select titles you will find tshirts, wristbands, artwork or other accessories may be available. Not a fan series city on a hill christian bible study.
A follower s story is a feature length film from city on a hill productions. Fans think a little decorating is required, but jesus wants a complete remodel. Now the creditor is coming to take away my two boys to be his servants. Jimmy was the outspoken fan who always stood in front of the crowd when i was in high school to bolster morale at every home football and basketball game. I am indebted to kyle idleman who introduced the idea of fans and followers in his provocative book, not a fan.
Not a fan kyle idleman bible study lessons adult sunday. Kyle idleman is the teaching pastor at southeast christian church in louisville, kentucky, the fifth largest church. Not a fan is truly a cutting edge bible study that will challenge even the most obedient christians to relook at their relationship with christ. Teens will have the opportunity to hear challenging teachings from kyle idleman, and watch testimonies from other teens on what it looks like to be a completely committed follower. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. The follower s journal is not just a participants guide. Ultimately the question that will identify you as a fan or follower isnt what you say or what you do. One of the things i try to use in the book is show biblical examples to make that. Darren, erics longtime business associate, subtly indicates that their friendship was strained when eric took a new job. The dictionary defines a fan as an enthusiastic admirer. You can come to church, know all the songs, open your bible and take notes, walk out to your car with a jesus fish on the bumper and say grace before lunch, but that doesnt necessarily make you a follower. Follow the journey of eric nelson, a man leading a compartmentalized triple life as a pleasureseeking rebel, a cutthroat corporate executive, and a nominal christian. Jesus commands his followers to take up their crosses daily. It is a thought provoking 42day devotional guide designed as a companion to the not a fan small group study.
Not a fan is truly a cutting edge bible study that will challenge even the most obedient. There will be opportunities to have gospel conversations throughout this study. Buy the book not a fan by kyle idleman and read along kindle, amazon, lifeway bookstore 2. Every person must determine whether to follow jesus or someone else. One other thing, this is a challenging study, but we also dont want this to be a place where we end up judging who is a follower and who is not. It challenges and grows participants on a daily basis over the course of the 6 week video series. Some people choose to follow their own lusts and desires. Fans will knock off a quick devotional in the morning as if it were a checklist, meet a friend at starbucks, and arrive three minutes late to work. In this study, investigate the wholeness of biblical christianity about all of our lives centering on jesus. He went from fan to follower and it had a profound impact on those around him. The followers journal is a companion resource to the not a fan small group study. It is making a different congregational wide as people seriously consider whether they are followers or just fans. Each group participant should have their own not a. If jesus had a facebook page, lots of people would like him.
Not a fan, kyle idleman read the first chapter excerpt from best selling fiction and nonfiction christian books. Bible reading and bible study with the olive tree bible app from olive tree bible software on your iphone, ipad, android, mac, windows, and kindle fire not a fan has called more than 1 million readers to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple moving from fan to follower in their relationship with god. It wont take you much time to complete each day and the questions and exercise will stretch your faith. The noun follower is seldom used in scripture for the people of god, possibly due to its frequent references to idol worshipers deut 18. The life of a jesus follower bible study book includes printed content for eight small group sessions, personal study between meetings, applicable scripture, how to use this study, tips for leading a group, and a leader guide.
We prefer to only create items that we feel will enhance the experience of that study for example, the not a fan tshirt has led to many conversations about jesus and even stories of conversion. Before you answer, read this updated edition of idlemans bestseller. In his bestselling book, not a fan zondervan, firsttime author kyle idleman calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a. Not a fan invites you to make jesus not merely the. His new book, not a fan, explains the difference between being a fan of jesus and being a devoted follower to him and his gospel. Not a fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple.
Featuring a new introduction and an additional chapter, it calls you to be a passionate disciplenot just a fan who admires jesus from afar. People told me that they had read one of my books, etc. One day he said to a crowd of people, if any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross and follow me. Discover how to love, pray, and give your all for your lord and savior. Words meaning to follow are used in both testaments to highlight various aspects of discipleship. Not a fan quotes by kyle idleman goodreads share book. His daily journal not a fan followers journal is a wonderful book to go through too. The life of a jesus follower bible study book lifeway. Now a wife of one of the prophets appealed to elisha for help, saying, your servant, my husband is dead. You know that your servant was a loyal follower of the lord. For many christians the concept of denying themselves was not a part of the deal.
Or, what is the most important thing a person should do. A follower s journal comes with the purchase of the not a fan small group study or pastors resource kit. The bible gives two great examples of fans and followers. In short, there appears to be a difference between a fan of jesus and a follower of jesus. I have never dealt with a study of any sort that blends the dramatic with the deep bible study at occurs.
Fans think a little makeup is fine, but jesus is thinking makeover. The first is in matthew 4, where jesus sees peter and andrew on the boat fishing. Yes, the follower of jesus will study the bible, read the catechism of the catholic church, consume new books that come out, and they may even watch christian tv and listen to christian radio, but still, there is something different about them. Download lesson notes, powerpoints, discussion questions, audio, video. There is a big difference between a fan of god and someone who is a true follower.
In his new book, not a fan zondervan, firsttime author kyle idleman calls you. This is a 6 week daily devotional for you to not only help you follow jesus, but to come to know and love the one you are following. Do you live as though jesus is a member of the family and plays a part in. They leave everything they know behind and just follow jesus. Anna, erics wife, is forced to evaluate what really matters in life. Erics father, bill, disliked the new job and the people.
This study is not about making others to be better followers but. We are having our last meeting tonight for the not a fan small group study, which the followers journal is to accompany that. Not a fan quotes share book recommendations with your. A follower makes a decision every day to deny himself and choose jesuseven if it costs everything. The book offers a diagnostic to see whether or not a person is a fan something most fans deny being, idleman noticed. Patrick lencioni is the founder of the table group and the author of 10 books which have sold over 4 million copies and been translated into more than 25 languages. She is also the creator of a companion video bible study for jesus over everything. Hes now challenging us all to be not just fans, but completely committed followers. Words meaning to follow are used in both testaments to. I would like to encourage you to do a few things that will help you, and the rest of us, get the most out of this study. But of course the bible and jesus himself had a lot to say about following him.
Many christians know a lot about jesus, talk about him but have no idea who is the real jesus. A follower recognizes that heshe must be willing to give up everything for the sake of christ. Some people will read this book and question their salvation, dont. Scripture is very clear that jesus is looking for followers not fans. When confronted with a near death experience, eric embarks on a spiritual journey that transforms his commitment to jesus and tests the faith of his friends and family with teaching from kyle idleman. Becoming a follower of christ christian bible studies. Coming from a family where i could have taken christian as a nominal inheritance but didnt want to i was very interested in this book. Smallgroup study kit dvd christian book distributors. Midway through the video intro to the study i purchased the kindle edition and had it downloaded to my phone immediately. Those things matter, but only to the extent that they reflect the answer to this last questiondo i know jesus and does he know me.
The series, journal, leaders guide, small group study, pastors kit and movie. Lisa is the author of seven books, and her wit and bold bottomline approach has made her a soughtafter bible teacher. It was a true pleasure to experience this study and examine myself through the lens of a fan or a follower. Not a fan small group discipleship study for teens adapts the original message of not a fan to youth in a relevant way. But of course the bible and jesus himself had a lot to say about following him and more than just. The quickest way to shut down the authenticity in this group is for us to start judging each others lives. In the gospels, jesus never seemed too interested in fans.
Are you truly his follower or just a fanor perhaps someone who doesnt even care about the difference. We are going through this series in a home study on thursday evenings. Some people will read this book and question their salvation, dont be too quick to tell someone they are saved. Based on the engaging approach of kyle idleman, the oneofakind small group study examines what it means to deny ones self and truly follow jesus. Fans want to be close enough to jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires sacrifice. I highly recommend to individuals and churches everywhere. If there is a survey or quiz, take it and see if it adds. It is a thought provoking 42day devotional guide designed to challenge and grow participants on a daily basis over the course of the not a fan study. Megachurch teaching pastor kyle idlemans first book, not a fan. This is a challenging book, you want to lead this study on the big picture ideas. I rate my experience with not a fan by kyle idleman 45 starsi really liked it. Or, you may be just a fan who admires jesus but isnt ready to let him cramp your style. But when confronted with a near death experience, eric embarks on a spiritual journey that transforms his commitment to jesus christ and tests the faith of his friends and family. It becomes clear why the book has such appeal to a younger demographic.
Twenty times in the new testament jesus issued a compelling and challenging invitation to follow him. Craig groeschel, senior pastor of are you a fan or a follower. We have all kinds of funny ways to measure our relationship with god and have things that we point to as evidence, like the fact that there is a fish on our bumper or people will talk about the fact that their grandparents went to church or that they have four bibles in their house. Not a fan is a christian living book arguing that jesus isnt interested in fans, but in followers. That is nice and even flattering, but followers of jesus are needed on the streets of americanot fans of mark cahill. What a great talk and a wonderful reminder for all of us to be sure we truly behave as a follower of jesus and not just a fan of jesus. Jesus says to them, follow me, and i will make you fishers of men. Based on the engaging approach of kyle idleman, this 6week cinematic small group study examines what it means to deny ones self and truly follow jesus. Jun 02, 20 a fan will try and accept the invitation of christ to follow, but they dont want to say no to themselves. Next to the bible, this is the best book i ever read. Becoming a completely committed follower of jesus, is his take on how one grows in the faith by moving from being a fan to being a true follower. Istock photo let me be the first to say that this columnas with any step out of the boat columns i writeisnt meant to chastise or point fingers.
In this book of the bible series, kyle idleman dives into the book of galatians, one that contains some of the clearest explanations of the gospel in the new testament. Followers will utilize that same time in the morning to meet with a christian friend for bible study, challenging them to live the life god intendedall while making sure they are on time to work. Once you experience the swiftness and easeofuse swordsearcher gives you right on your own computer, combined with the most powerful search features available, you will never want to use the web to do online study again. Build around the engaging approach of kyle idleman, teaching pastor at southeast christian church in louisville, ky, this one of kind small group study, sermon series, movie, and book examines what it means to deny ones self and truly follow jesus. Are you a follower of jesus before you rush to judgment and declare an immediate, yes.
There is wide difference between knowledge and intimacy. I am a fan of books like this because i just dont like the whole grace only belief and repeat after me and you get eternal life movement. Not a fan student edition olive tree bible software. Are you a true blue, unashamed, unabashed follower of christ or do you do you. Why is something that came so naturally to jesus so difficult for us. When we answer the call to follow him, its going to turn our lives in. Becoming a completely committed follower of jesus by. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. Follow, follower definition and meaning bible study tools. Often times in bible studies we ask theoretical questions, like what do you think v.203 1025 761 92 888 447 1117 120 1440 1270 297 1371 295 838 1498 1501 1461 1636 36 1512 983 1575 1034 452 937 659 1009 1200 165 319 1243 1302 1596 1359 1129 876 1032 784 406 753 1291 450 134 522 1048