Too often Christians may experience a changed mind about God, or even a changed heart toward God, without having a changed life with God. Where is the breakdown between belief and discipleship? Why isn’t the transformative power of the gospel more apparent in the daily workings of our lives?
James Bryan Smith believes the gospel is about change in our lives today, not just our eternal destiny. In his Apprentice Series,
he aims to help Christians develop a robust discipleship by helping them understand who God is, what it means to be a Christian and what it means to live in community as a part of God’s kingdom. Throughout the series, which includes The Good and Beautiful God
, The Good and Beautiful Life
and The Good and Beautiful Community
, Smith helps us discard the flawed narratives of our hearts and replace them with the truths God reveals in his word about himself, the Christian life and his Church.
This series encourages you to read, journal, pray, discuss and participate in weekly spiritual exercises to help you engage with the text. As you work through the books individually (or more ideally in a group setting) you’ll discover your heart being shaped by the truth of Christ -and your life being changed.
If you are seeking the real transformation that comes from knowing the real God, the Apprentice series offers no simple formulas or secret paths of knowledge. Instead Smith offers the chance to be with Jesus and discover the narratives that he lived by. Get to know the God Jesus knew and the Kingdom he proclaimed. The transformation you seek will come as a direct result of spending focused time with him and his people.
Part 1: The Good & Beautiful God, January – March 2018
Part 2: The Good & Beautiful Life, September – November 2018
Part 3: The Good & Beautiful Community, January – March 2019
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