Happy Ash Wednesday, friends! As we enter this season of lent, I want to suggest a great book to read during your time of fasting and prayer.
I just finished Jesus Is ____________. by Judah Smith a couple weeks ago and I highly recommend it!
The story behind the Jesus Is ____________. title and campaign is pretty cool. Judah is the pastor of a church in Seattle, Washington called The City Church. When he first took over as lead pastor, he and his marketing team sat down to discuss the launch of a marketing campaign. They decided not to promote the church or a specific doctrine, rather they wanted to promote Jesus. They wanted people to start thinking about him. Hence came the Jesus Is ____________. campaign. They actually created a website that allowed others to fill in this blank with who they thought Jesus was. (You need to check out the website, too. Pretty epic.)
As time went on, Judah knew this campaign was much more and wrote this book.
Jesus is your friend, grace, the point, happy, here, and alive.
My mind was opened to a new way of thinking after reading this book, especially in regards to sin and Jesus’ love and grace. I can honestly say that I had never truly experienced or understood this love and grace until now.
Another awesome thing about this book and the author, is that he actually turned Jesus Is __________. into a full blown study series. There’s a DVD and workbook you can also get that allows you dive even deeper into who Jesus is. My church small group is using them right now. If you’re in search for the next theme of your small groups or Bible studies, this is it. Even if you don’t believe in God or are still unsure about this whole spirituality thing, this is for you.
It’s hard for me to put into words how incredible this book is. You have to experience it for yourself.
I’m serious, get one now. If you can’t afford one, email me and I will send you one.
I’ll wrap up with a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Nowhere in the Bible, however, do we find God distinguishing between levels of sin. God doesn’t share our rating system. To him, all sin is equally evil and all sinners are equally lovable.”
“Here’s the part that must frustrate God a bit. We take this grace-based, love-filled, amazing relationship, and we build a wall of rules around it. We turn relationship into religion. We quantify, codify, and classify grace until it’s more about us than about God.”
“Rules are tidy. Grace is messy, unpredictable, quantifiable.”
“Grace, though, is supernatural by definition, so it transcends our ability to reason and comprehend and calculate. It’s bigger than our minds. It’s bigger than our understanding. God’s ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He is God and we are not.”
What books are you currently reading and loving?