This post is sorely overdue… I posted about the book over 3.5 months ago, said that I would post about the DVD – even received a review copy from David Cook Publishers – and have yet to do it! So, here goes…
Overall, the Forgotten God DVD Study Resource is a great and one that really encourages and challenges more consideration of the book. I appreciate Chan’s honest and forthright way of explaining things and being transparent in his own journey in Christ.
As a resource, and when compared with the Crazy Love Study DVD, there are two things to consider:
- Each segment/chapter amplifies – it does not, in and of itself teach the related chapter in the book. When we used the DVD in our Sunday School class, we made sure we came up with a few post-video discussion questions. There were one or two on the Crazy Love DVD…none on the Forgotten God one. Some study DVDs allow for a facilitator rather than a teacher/leader – in my opinion, Forgotten God needs to have the latter.
- Study Guide. The Study/Group Discussion Guide was offered separately and not on the DVD (again, comparing Crazy Love to Forgotten God). This is only a comment – it’s up to the writer and publisher on how to distribute this type of valuable resource. That said, I wished it had been on the DVD. I have not ordered the separate Workbook – I think I will so I have it when I re-read the book and re-watch the DVD. Looking at the page count (128) and the “look inside” feature on Amazon, I can see why it wasn’t included on the DVD… [Also, if this guide is used, maybe my comment above about teacher/leader vs. facilitator is moot.]
Those two comments aside, again – I recommend this DVD!
In writing this post, I re-watched the DVD and took these notes…
Chapter 1: I’ve got Jesus. Why do I need the Holy Spirit
- Do we overtly try to force the Holy Spirit’s outpouring or guidance?
- Do we “manufacture” what His will is?
- We must set aside our assumptions as we study!
- We must be open and see His divine will… He will take care of and reveal the rest, i.e., His will for us
- We seek “experience”, but on OUR terms.
- We look for the “lifetime” view of things or His will – when we read in His word that he never works that way
- We find Him and His will by moving forward with His divine will
- We MUST NOT miss or neglect the OBVIOUS!
Chapter 2: What are you afraid of?
- Do I really want to hear from God? Do I like my life the way it is?
- Do I sometimes see God’s “voice” as an interruption?
- Are we “pickers”? Do we pick & choose the stuff we do in and for Christ?
- It’s hard to surrender as we grow older (i.e., more stuff, commitments, etc.)
- We know there is more…do we desire it, seek it, and pursue it!
Chapter 3: Theology of the Holy Spirit 101
- Great illustration on football – huddle – bench…
- “We don’t need the Holy Spirit to sit in a room and say, ‘Amen, that’s Good.'”
- Are we running the “plays” we learn/hear on Sunday throughout the week?
- Are we just as on fire for Christ now as we were when we became a Christian?
- Are we separating ourselves from the world? Jesus didn’t…
- Are we in a place where the Holy Spirit HAS to come through for us? We should be!
Chapter 4: Why Do You Want Him?
- Do we seek/desire the Holy Spirit’s empowering for the common good or for our own abilities/pride?
- What is our posture before church?
Chapter 5: A Real Relationship
- We lose sight of the fact of our confident access to God is through the Holy Spirit
- Are we actually sure and confident that God loves us? That is the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives.
- Do we see our relationship with God as every bit as real as out best ones on earth?
Chapter 6: Forget about God’s will for your life
- Comfort vs. adventure – where do we live as Followers?
- Those who really experience God are those on mission for Him…seeking Him.
- Sometimes it’s just about obedience!
Chapter 7: Supernatural Church
- So much of church is pushing things along on the effort vs. complete reliance on the Holy Spirit.
- Are we “stoppable” or “unstoppable”?
- Do we discount the Holy Spirit in our walk & in the church as a whole?
- Are we letting God distinguish us or are we doing that ourselves?
In closing, if you enjoyed reading Forgotten God, the DVD resource is a valuable companion and really encourages conversation in a group setting if used that way. The only thing I added to the DVDs use in our final class was the video below…it was a great way to challenge us all to GO AND DO: