but I like these, and not just because I am now part of the CCW team.  In fact, I used the Wasted Faith discussion guide at our church in Ohio in a Sunday School class.  In my limited experience, study or discussion guides are normally unhelpful because they ask overly simple questions that really don’t aid the conversation.  The discussion guides for Pursuing God and Wasted Faith are different!  Also, since each chapter in both books is so short (3-4 pages), in a 45-60 minute Sunday School class or Bible study, you can actually read out loud the entire chapter for study (actually, the discussion guides lead you to do this), and then still have time to at least get through half of the discussion guide (or, you could prepare in advance to get through the entire pertinent section of the study guide by elimnating certain questions due to time contraints).  The study guides are free, and click here for the page where you can order the books.   

Our study through Wasted Faith, which is a very helpful little book about true, saving faith versus false faiths and the responsibility of each Christian to examine himself or herself to see if he or she is actually a Christian, was a monumental time of spiritual discernment for several in our Sunday School class in Ohio (it also went a long way in helping them discern biblical methods of evangelism in contrast to the many man-centered methods of the day).  I’m praying for the same kind of impact this year at the Bible study I teach at Park U. After teaching last year through the ending of Mark 8 and then the first chapter of Titus in that Bible study (which is often attended by several unbelievers), I’m planning on reading Pursuing God the first semester of school and using the discussion guide.  Pursuing God is a great book to use for evangelism purposes, but it is also a wonderful book for believers to go through as well because it carefully proclaims the gospel as it works through several key passages in the New Testament.  In this day and age when “methods” seem to be the fad, we need a recovery of the “message” of Jesus Christ.

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