I’m starting the discussion on my book, Sonshift: Everything Changes in the Father’s Embrace” today. We’ll be looking at chapter one titled, “What is Sonshift?”
Here’s what I would like to do. Each week (usually Monday), I will give a brief overview of a chapter from my book, followed by a series of questions. I invite you to respond to some or all of these questions, or give additional comments on the chapter that my questions don’t address.
My only rules are that you’ve actually read the chapter before you answer the questions, and that you state your comments briefly (as if you only had a small space to write in a workbook). I will number the questions so that you can simply use the numbers for reference. Our interaction with the comments will make for some good discussion!
I DO encourage your comments and thoughts because it will greatly help me put together a study manual for the book (I will also be collecting information from other studies.) When I’m done, I will also make the finished manual available for download (PDF) free of charge.
So…here we go!
Chapter One: What is Sonshift?
This chapter is an basic overview of the book, but answering the first obvious question…what do I mean by the term, “Sonshift?”
First, the title is a play on words, combining the biblical idea of “sonship” with the major shift I see taking place in the body of Christ today. The subsequent chapters simply expound on that shift. Here’s how I answer the question in the book…
“Sonshift is about my personal journey into the Father’s heart and how that has changed everything—how I see God and my relationship to Him, how I relate to my family and friends, how I read the Bible, and even the foundational things that I thought made up the Christian life. Sonshift is about Jesus’ true love—His Sleeping Beauty—in the middle of a great awakening. She isn’t dead, just sleeping. She’s always been just as beautiful as she was on the day she was born. Jesus has always loved her the same. But a wicked prince has always hated her because she is the object of the King’s deepest affection. So he tried to kill her, but he could only manage to put her in an orphan sleep. And now, in our lifetime, the time has come for her to awaken.” (p. 27-28, Kindle loc. 332)
Please briefly comment on some or all of the following questions:
- Does the “Sleeping Beauty” analogy speak to you? How so?
- Can you relate to the author’s personal journey? If so, briefly comment on what significant events transpired that shaped the way you understand God and relate to Him?
- What do you think needs to change for people to see Jesus’ bride the same way they see Jesus?
- Can you relate to “Giving your heart to Jesus but losing your soul?” How so?
- Do you think the “current model of Christianity is broken”? Why are why not?
- Can you relate to the comparison between an “orphan” Christian and being a son or daughter of our heavenly Father? How so?
If these questions didn’t address something you think is important, please add it in your comments. If you would like to make any comments offline, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Now, it’s your turn!