Who is The Life of Jesus In You Study Kit about? Our creator, Savior and Lord? Nope. It’s about you.
Rick Warren, main sponsor and promoter of The Bible mini series and its edited-down film version, Son Of God, has produced his own church blockbuster, a DVD small group study based on producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s movie. Warren asks, “What would happen if you applied the lessons from events in Jesus’ life—temptation, suffering, death, resurrection—to your own? Would you come to know Him more intimately and with a greater understanding of your purpose? Would you embody more completely the mission, love, and mind of Jesus?”
The DVD features Warren as he explains how you can find your purpose in studying the life of this “Jesus.” But the problem is, the film portrayal is nothing like the real Jesus in the Bible. If you want a blow-by-blow account of the discrepancies, click here. Want a list of questions you must ask before you go spend money on the film? Click here.
Or, you could stay home with your church small group and give your $22 plus shipping and handling to Saddleback to learn about the life of Jesus in you. The book is so much better. The Bible isn’t really about you, it’s about Him. Your purpose is to die daily; to pick up your cross and follow Jesus. To be obedient to all that He said. In these eternal Words, you can learn why Jesus didn’t come to preach Love, Purpose and Tolerance, but rather Love, Repentance and Forgiveness.
The kit includes a study guide and a DVD with clips from the movie and follow-up by Warren including exercises, prayers (but hopefully not the Breath Prayers he promotes), discussion questions, and more. The study includes 6 sessions:
- Jesus’ Baptism and Your Baptism [21:44]
- Jesus’ Temptation and Your Temptation [27:50]
- Jesus’ Suffering and Your Suffering [23:15]
- Jesus’ Death and Your Death [30:51]
- Jesus’ Resurrection and Your Resurrection [23:53]
- Jesus’ Ministry and Your Ministry [35:20]
- Questions to Ask While Watching “The Son of God” (standupforthetruth.com)