Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God - Member Book is the revised and expanded edition that helps leaders to promote the classic, best-selling, 13 week study and conduct an Experiencing God Weekend or churchwide spiritual growth emphasis. Written by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, and Claude King, the Experiencing God Bible Study is based on the Experiencing God book, which has sold millions of copies worldwide. Through examination of biblical and contemporary illustrations, participants will understand and apply seven realities of experiencing God. Churches will be helped to better function as the body of Christ, as members understand how to experience God as a church.
The Member Book:
*Is the workbook for doing the 13 week study
*Has been updated with new illustration and testimonial contentPublishers Description
Most Bible studies help people; this one changes them forever. For more than 15 years, God has used Experiencing God in His work, showing believers how to know Him intimately while encouraging them to step out in faith and join Him in His work--with miraculous results. The member book has been revised and expanded with new stories and applications.Community Description
For more than 15 years, God has used Experiencing God in His work, showing believers how to know Him intimately while encouraging them to step out in faith and join Him in His work with miraculous results. Revised Member Book has been updated with new illustration and testimonial content that demonstrates how this study contributed to some truly miraculous results. This Member Book is also included in revised Leader Kit.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.8" Width: 8.4" Height: 0.7"
Weight: 1.64 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2007
Publisher LIFEWAY CHRISTIAN RESOURCES
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|Controlling teaching style Mar 11, 2010|
|Your reaction to this book will depend on how you like its teaching style and how much you buy into some of Blackaby's beliefs. I found the teaching style very irritating and annoying. There are many places where it presents the three principles of xyz or the four steps of abc. Then, a paragraph or two later, or a page or two later, it will require you to fill in the blanks of what are the three principles of xyz. This might be repeated again for the same three principles, three or four pages later. Sometimes it will present an idea or a definition, and then ask you to present the same idea or definition in your own words. It is a very controlling teaching style that does not leave room for any departure from Blackaby's beliefs. I can see from the reviews that many readers are perfectly content with this teaching style, but I did not like it. |
I didn't find myself buying into some of Blackaby's beliefs, which contributed to my irritation at the teaching style. Blackaby believes that the Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Bible, the church, circumstances, and prayer. Certainly I agree that the Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Bible and sometimes through prayer, and occasionally the church, but I am not so sure about circumstances. I hold to the infallibility of the Bible, but I believe that I am fallible in my understanding of the Bible. I don't think that the church is infallible in speaking to us. Further, Blackaby believes that we receive from the Holy Spirit very specific guidance to take specific actions. Sometimes I observe that someone thinks they have very specific guidance from the Holy Spirit, and it turns out badly, and it is doubtful that the person correctly perceived a message from God. I can't really identify a time when I have received God's message to take some specific action, like Blackaby describes.
Blackaby is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. If you are a Southern Baptist, or share their beliefs, you will probably like Experiencing God. It is apparent that Blackaby accepts doctrines of Unlimited Atonement, Conditional Election and related doctrines which are in opposition to Reformed Theology. On page 8, he turns Romans 10:13 into "Ask God to save you, and He will." That is not what it says. It says "For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." I do not believe that salvation is initiated by us, by asking God to save us. On page 221, it says "We came to believe that if we would be faithful to witness on that campus, God would save many students." I wish he had said it differently, because God will save the elect.
The memory verse for Unit 9, Experiencing God Through Obedience, is John 14:23: Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home in him." As our Bible study group went through this lesson, we wondered whether Blackaby believes in justification by grace through faith, or if he believes in justification through a combination of grace, faith, and works.
I was part of a men's Bible study that used this book. One member observed that Blackaby's method is not repeatable and I agree in a sense. Any person, and any church, can look to the Bible for God's will, can love God, can honor Jesus as the head of the church, can try mightily to obey God. I don't know if every person, or every church, will correctly perceive what God's direction is for specific actions and successfully accomplish the things that God is telling them to do. I know, some will say I don't have enough faith, and maybe that is so. Blackaby seems to have a rare degree of perfection in his ability to perceive God's will and to obey God, and it is that degree of perfection that many people, and many churches, will not achieve.
There is a serious error on page 259. "The apostle Paul identified one of God's eternal purposes for every person: `Those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified' (Rom. 8:29-30)." This text is not about every person. If it were about every person, that would mean that every person is justified and glorified. That is called universalism - the false doctrine that every person is justified. There is a similar statement on page 261. "God launched His great work to bring salvation to all humanity..." I asked my pastor about this, and he assured me that Blackaby does not believe in universalism, so it must have just been carelessness that allowed this to be in the book.
|Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God Feb 22, 2010|
|I did not like this book at all. I did some research and didn't like what i read but then as I glanced threw the book I knew not to study it after all. My homegroup did study it and I heard alot of complaints. I'm glad I didn't continue to go after the introduction. What a waste of money. There are alot of better ways to know and do the will of God. If it was possible I wouldn't even want to give it 1 star, maybe a negative 1.|
|AWESOME Jan 29, 2010|
|AMAZING book for anyone wanting to grow in their relationship with Christ. Lots of homework, and my church teaches this as a class each term. It's AMAZING, and having small group interaction is very helpful. I'm doing it over the phone with a friend, and we get so much out of it and learn so much about our friendship in relation to Christ. AWESOME! You will be challenged!|
|Very good source book for Christian living Jan 2, 2010|
|While there are plenty of good reviews on this book here at this site; I wanted to add another glowing report. I've read a fair amount of Christian literature. I try to be selective but was getting bored w/ the books. However I found Experiencing God truly encouraging. The Blackabys & King provide one of the core Christian life principles and they do so in a clear fashion. Basically it is: rather than telling God what you will do for Him, see what He is doing around you and join His work, trusting Him for the results. After all, if you're saved, it is because you have put God/Jesus first; you live to serve Him/Them. Its similar in a way to how Old Testament winners lived. It goes back to what James was warning in his letter, 'You show me your faith (grace), and I will show you my works.'|
I've seen this principle throughout the Bible, but it is coherently presented in this book. There are many examples of how it has worked in the Blackabys' ministries. (I've also seen it work in my life.) And there are many Scripture references to back up the concept (contrary to what one negative reviewer stated). I hope to go back and collect all the Scripture they provide together as a one subject 'book' from God as a type of devotional.
If you only read one Christian book, it should be the Bible. But if you read more, this book should be one of the first. Some of the popular, more recent books share some form of this principle. But to me this is the best presentation.
|Amazing and revelatory devotional! Nov 16, 2009|
|This is a life altering book, as it gives you a fresh and amazing Biblical view of God and how He desires to communicate with you. Very personal and alive! Changed my life!! LOVE IT!|
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