The Beattitudes have a lot to say about living in community--"blessed are the peacemakers...the poor in spirit...the merciful..." These things can only be lived out with other people. The Kingdom Experiment looks at each beattitude, encourages discussion in your small group, then gives you several exercises to try the next week. Go ahead, a non-traditional approach to understanding what Jesus meant could be just the ticket.
Recommended by the Nazarene Organic Church NetworkThe people are starting to catch on. There’s this guy who has spent his life working in his dad’s wood shop, making beds, stools, and some real nice end tables. But, around the age of thirty he gets to thinking a career change is necessary. Only problem is he wants a position that is seemingly already filled, the job of priest. Doesn’t stop him. Call him an entrepreneur of sorts, cause he begins preaching and healing in ways no one has ever seenwithout the employment of the temple. And to top it all off, he starts collecting a good fan baselots of people begin showing up to all his public appearances.One day, he climbs up on a mountain and says there is a new kingdom at hand, and that this kingdom will be contradictory to everything they have known before.And the people get the feeling this is only the beginning. You see, they were expecting a king arriving in grand fashion, but instead they got a carpenter, turned speaker and healer, who was about to shake things up a bit.The Kingdom Experiment is a challenge to live this kingdom intentionally. It won’t be easy. And it may get uncomfortable. But if you commit to live what a carpenter started 2000 years ago, you too will experience the kingdom He spoke of.How it works:Read and discuss each chapter with your groupPick one of eight experiments (challenges to live intentionally) to do throughout the week.Journal your thoughts and experiencesShare your experiences as a group the following weekThe point of The Kingdom Experiment is community. And to share stories while we’re at it. To grapple with what ’good news’ means in the context of this specific time and place. The Kingdom Experiment is an 8-week challenge, but who says it has to end there.
Bruce Nuffer is one of the co-creators of the LifeStream product. The Church Treasurer’s Handbook, was produced in consultation with numerous denominations, pastors, and church treasurers who appreciate the complexities of this demanding volunteer position. Bruce is a freelance writer who lives in Kansas City with his wife Yvonne and their two children.
Start living the backwards kingdom Jesus spoke of. This book is an 8-week community study on the Beatitudes. Each week, unpack how you can bring these scriptures into present day. Then, choose from 8 experimentschallenges to live the kingdom in a purposeful (and sometimes uncomfortable) way.
How it works:
1. Read and discuss each chapter with your group
2. Pick one of eight experiments (challenges to live intentionally) to do throughout the week.
3. Journal your thoughts and experiences
4. Share your experiences as a group the following week
The point of The Kingdom Experiment is community. And to share stories while were at it. To grapple with what good news means in the context of this specific time and place. The Kingdom Experiment is an 8-week challenge,
but who says it has to end there?