In this six-session small group Bible study, They Like Jesus But Not the Church, Dan Kimball explores and addresses the most common objections and misconceptions about Christianity.
Ask someone today if he or she likes Jesus, and the answer is usually yes. But ask if that person likes the church, and chances are you will get a far less favorable response.
Led by author Dan Kimball, this six-session small group Bible study will help you explore and respond truthfully, caringly, and engagingly to the most common objections and misunderstandings culture has about the church and Christianity. Through interviews with those who like Jesus but not the church and teaching by Dan Kimball, this small group Bible study will teach you how to respond to the common objections of the faith. Includes discussion questions and resource listings.
This Participant Guide is designed for use together with the They Like Jesus But Not the Church DVD (sold separately) and includes discussion questions for individuals and groups. When used together, they provide you with a practical tool than can strengthen your faith.
1. The Danger of the Christian Bubble
2. Is the Church Negative, Judgmental, and Political?
3. Does the Church Restrict and Oppress Women?
4. Is the Church Homophobic?
5. Do Christians Arrogantly Think All Other Religions Are Wrong?
6. Are Christians Fundamentalists Who Take The Whole Bible Literally?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dan Kimball, the six interactive sessions in this small group DVD with participant's guide will help you explore and respond truthfully, caringly, and engagingly to six of the most common objections and misunderstandings emerging generations have about the church and Christianity. Through interviews with emerging non-Christians and teaching by Dan Kimball, this video-based curriculum will help churches address these objections. Includes discussion questions and resource listings.Six sessions consist of: 1. Why emerging generations are changing2. Objection #1: The church is an 'organized religion' with a political agenda; Objection #2: The church is judgmental and negative3. Objection #3: The church is male dominated and oppresses females4. Objection #4: The church is homophobic5. Objection #5: The church feels Christianity is right and all other religions are wrong6. Objection #6: The church is full of 'fundamentalists' who take the Bible too literally. They Like Jesus but Not the Church Curriculum Kit includes one small group DVD-ROM, one participant's guide.
If you like Jesus and the church, you need to read this book. It will give you a window into the heart of a world that desperately needs Jesus and a new vision of his bride, the church.
- Kevin G. Harney
With insight, gentleness, and an unswerving commitment to the wisdom of the past, Dan Kimball shows us what we don't want to see but must if we care about the Great Commission in the twenty-first century.
- Gregory Koukl
Couldn't put it down! Confronting and alarming but hopeful, this book presents real dialog with young critics of the church and offers positive suggestions for moving the church forward.
- Bryce Jessup
Thoughtfully addresses some of the most complex issues facing the American church today. It provokes serious thinking about our responses to the hard questions about life, faith, and Jesus.
- Linda Stanley
Every frustrated, tired, and burned-out pastor in America needs to read this book. Dan Kimball provides hope and insight for all who love Jesus and wish the church were more like God intended.
- Jules Glanzer
Dan Kimball both points out our blind spots and gives us a clear and compelling road map for reengaging people with the good news of the gospel. This is an important book, and a great one.
- Chap Clark, Ph.D.
Dan helps us understand issues we must address regarding the church and emerging generations. This book will help you strategize your journey out of the institution and into the mainstream of the movement.
- Reggie McNeal
I recommend this book especially to those who think the emergent church movement is a phase. Something is wrong when people like Jesus but not the church, Jesus' body. Our job is to do something about it.
- Sarah Sumner