Let's Surprise the World!
The movement Jesus launched through his life, death, & resurrection is a surprising one. It has changed the world in remarkable ways throughout history through regular people living out their faith in everyday situations. The religious leaders of Jesus' day were surprised by the faith and life of Peter and John,
The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13
In our day and age it seems like we've swung so far away from having a dry, routine life of faith that we've forgotten how powerful habits are in helping us live as Jesus lived. We’ve become afraid of a 'religious' life, thinking that routines will rob our faith of its vitality. The end result is that we’ve replaced the habits that surprise the world with habits that mimic the world—and both we and the world suffer for it.
Let's learn to be breath of fresh air to the world around us again. Let's live questionable lives that rouse the curiosity of our friends and neighbors who haven't yet become apart of Jesus' family. Let's surprise the world!
In Surprise the World, author Michael Frost reveals five habits that will empower and challenge us to live a life on mission to the world around us. Using the acrostic BELLS, Frost reveals five simple habits:
- Bless others,
- Eat together,
- Listen to the Spirit,
- Learn Christ, and understand yourself as
- Sent by God into others’ lives
These five habits of highly missional people will help us spread the gospel organically, graciously, and surprisingly in the Central Valley where we are planted.
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Through the 6-week Surprise message series, Pastor Michael will show the BELLS habits through the scriptures, encouraging us to put these skills into practice.
- 9/18: Surprise Introduction
- 9/25: The First Habit- Bless Others
- 10/2: The Second Habit- Eat Together
- 10/9: The Third Habit- Listen to the Holy Spirit
- 10/16: The Fourth Habit- Learn Christ
- 10/23: The Fifth Habit- Sent by God
You can dig a bit deeper into this content on your own or with a HOMe Group with these resources.
The book is currently available for under $4 (paper & kindle) on Amazon. It also includes a guide in the back of the book for leading a HOMe Group through the content.
The HOMe Group Launch button will help you think through the process of launching a HOME Group at the church. It includes a form to register your group.
The free PDF was released by Frost before the book went to print. It is more of a skeletal resource compared to the book.