Monday, January 23, 2012
The Jesus Experiement - Bill Perkins
Think of The Jesus Experiment as "WWJD" on steroids. It is an intensive 12 week study into the life and words of Jesus Christ and how you can apply them to your own. If you ever wondered "What would Jesus do?" in a given situation, The Jesus Experiment will most likely answer that question...and then some.
Bill Perkins uses a twelve chapter format to look into three major areas of Jesus' life and ministry. These major areas of study include:
1) What Jesus did in private.
2) What Jesus did in public.
3) What Jesus did with people.
Perkins begins each chapter with a personal story that relates to the subject. These stories are heartfelt and dramatic, leading the reader through moments of great joy and despair with a gentle hand. Woven into these stories are biblical discussions and scripture verses that break down the words and actions of Jesus. There are questions and challenges at the end of each chapter to take you through the week. I found these sections to be very beneficial and appreciated the thoroughness with which Bill Perkins laid out the areas for reflection and growth.
Bill Perkins started The Jesus Experiment by asking himself, "In what ways do I want to be like Christ?". I think this is a question that every believer should ask of themselves. In asking such a question you get to the heart of two issues; who Jesus is and where in your spiritual walk you currently are. When I began to dwell on that question I realized that my answer was "in every way". The Jesus Experiment, in addition to the Bible, gave me an intimate look into the character of Christ and helped me to understand what that answer even means.
Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.