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Who Is This Man? Is John Ortberg’s video based small group Bible study and teaching course that explores anew Jesus' impact on our world and our times. The participant’s guide includes outlines of each session’s video segments, activities, and discussion questions. The guide also includes encouragements and starters toward personal studies to deepen learning between sessions – an important aid to course leaders in maximising the effectiveness of the study.
With each a detail plan and support for leaders and facilitators this is a well planned and resourced course for any individual or group with serious questions about who Jesus was and why he still matters at a personal, community and global level. While the DVD is engaging and stimulating for exploration and discussion, this book is a valuable asset to the group meeting as well as for personal study and reflection.
What does the ‘Who Is this Man’ course cover?
From the Dark Ages to our post-modern age there is one man who just won't go away. He is history's most familiar figure, yet he is the man no one really knows. His impact on the world is immense and non-accidental. And yet... you can miss him in historical lists for many reasons, maybe the most obvious being the way he lived his life. He did not loudly and demonstrably defend his movement in the spirit of a rising political or military leader. He did not lay out a case that history would judge his brand of belief superior in all future books. Each of the 5 sessions gives you a 20 minute DVD video presented by John Ortberg and 40 minutes of study, discussion and meaningful questions to consider in the group and privately between sessions.
His life and teaching simply drew people to follow him. He made history by starting in a humble place, in a spirit of love and acceptance, and allowing each person space to respond. His vision of life continues to haunt and challenge humanity. His influence has swept over history bringing inspiration to what has happened in art, science, government, medicine, and education; he has taught humans about dignity, compassion, forgiveness, and hope.
In 5 sessions, 'Who Is This Man?' makes John Ortberg's book of the same title wide open to everyone answering the key questions about Jesus, why he is remembered, why his impact has exceeded and outlasted any other person in human history, and why his meaning is needs to be a current and personal experience rather than any historically social, political and economic event.
Who Is This Man Participants Guide by John Ortberg was published by Zondervan in September 2012 and is our 4043rd best seller. The ISBN for Who Is This Man Participants Guide is 9780310689362.
• Session 1: The Man Who Won’t Go Away
• Session 2: Revolution of Humanity 29The Collapse of Dignity
• Session 3: The Power of Forgiveness 47A Revolution in Humanity
• Session 4: Why It’s a Small World after All 61What Does a Women Want?
• Session 5: Three Days That Changed the World 79An Undistinguished Visiting Scholar
On the day after Jesus’ death, it looked as if whatever small mark he left on the world would rapidly disappear. Instead, his impact on human history has been unparalleled. You are reminded of him every time you look at a calendar (- dated from the year of his birth), every time you look at a map (- with so many places named after him and his martyred followers down the ages). We name our children after his friends (- Peter, Phoebe, James,) and our dogs after the rulers of his day (- Nero, Caesar).
His teachings applied through the ages fuelled the civil rights movement. Formed the basis of the separation of church and state, elevated the status of women, lead to the development of hospitals and even inspired the founding of the world's top universities. All this from a man who could have been voted least likely to change the world (- never held public office, never commanded an army, amassed a fortune or wrote a book). Anyone who takes the time to try out his teachings and examine his way of life ends up asking themselves in wonderment: 'Who is this man?'
Praise for 'Who Is This Man?'
"Ortberg shows how Jesus’ influence has swept over history, bringing his inspiration to the evolution of art, science, government, medicine, and education. And how his vision for us to lead lives of dignity, compassion, forgiveness, and hope continues to inspire and challenge humanity today."
"I think lots of churches will make this study part of their recommended list. I loved it and I’m pretty sure you will too."
From the foreword by Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State.
"In Who Is This Man? John has written a powerful testament to the impact that Jesus has had on human history, on the human condition, and on our understanding of the obligations of one human being to another."
"Jesus emerges from this book as a complex figure with a disruptive set of teachings — sometimes “cranky” with those who don’t get it, often tough on his followers, and yet compassionate with those in need. At the end, we want to know him even better."
"In Who Is This Man? John Ortberg gives those who believe and those who are perhaps not so certain a compelling reason to seek answers."
Speaking at the 2012 Leadership Summit, author John Ortberg opened his talk with the controversial words: “Forget religion. Forget what you might think of claims of his divinity. Consider him just as a person who was born, lived, died. Look honestly and without prejudice at his impact on the world…you have to ask, who was this man?” That alone is a measure of his subject’s impact on our world, that no one needed to ask who John was speaking about. Clearly, this can be no other than the man from Nazareth, the well known, unknown Jesus.
‘Who Is This Man?’ – the book and the course participants guide starts from the base line that, whatever you think about Jesus divinity, just about everyone of any religion and none are delighted to admit that they admire what the man said and taught. John Ortberg next sets about showing how Jesus’ influence has inspired the world of art, science, government, medicine, and education, and perhaps has less successfully convinced us to live lives of dignity, compassion, forgiveness and hope.
In the study course developed from the book, five 20 minute DVD plus 40 minute discussion sessions guide participants through John’s engaging exploration and into thought provoking discussion that will help bring truth to life. As it stands, the course lacks a leader’s guide included with the DVD, though is a fairly straightforward study with easy-to-follow directions that most leaders could easily adapt to their own leadership style. The participant’s guide includes a useful personal study section to keep participants engaged between sessions.
In the words of Condolezza Rice, Former US Secretary of State in the foreword to John’s originating book for the ‘Who Is This Man?’ study course: ‘So the real power of this book is in its exploration of the paradox of our faith: that acceptance of the Lord Christ Jesus is not a pathway to an easy life but a call to do hard things if we are to live in the image of our Lord… Jesus emerges from this book as a complex figure with a disruptive set of teachings — sometimes “cranky” with those who don’t get it, often tough on his followers, and yet compassionate with those in need. At the end, we want to know him even better.”
Who Is This Man? Is John Ortberg’s video based small group Bible study and teaching course exploring Jesus' lasting and present impact on our world and time. The participant’s guide gives you outlines, activities and discussion questions for each of the five sessions. Encouragements and starters toward personal studies help you deepen your experience and learning between sessions. While the course DVD alone is engaging and stimulating, the participants guide is a valuable asset to group discussion as well as for personal study and reflection.
|Author / Artist||John Ortberg|
|Publisher||Zondervan (September 2012)|
|Number of Pages||96|
|Page last updated||24th October 2012|