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If Jesus were to sit down with you right now and have a DTR (Define the Relationship) conversation, how would you respond? Are you truly his follower or just a fan-or perhaps someone who doesn't even care about the difference? Not a Fan invites you to make Jesus not merely the object of your admiration, but the very center of your life. Through biblical teaching, anecdotes, and humor, Kyle Idleman explores what it means to truly be a follower of Christ. He also shares several powerful Not a Fan stories--testimonies from fellow followers who turned to Jesus. Don't miss this wake up call to radical discipleship!
Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way he loved, pray the way he prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave his all for you.
Number of Pages: 215
Publication Date: 2011
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Are you a follower of Jesus? Dont answer too quickly. In fact, you may want to read this book before you answer at all. Consider it a Define the Relationship conversation to determine exactly where you stand. You may indeed be a passionate, fully devoted follower of Jesus. Or, you may be just a fan who admires Jesus but isnt ready to let him cramp your style. Then again, maybe youre not into Jesus, period. In any case, dont take the questionAre you a follower of Jesus?lightly. Some people dont know what theyve said yes to and other people dont realize what theyve said no to, says Pastor Kyle Idleman. But Jesus is ready to clearly define the relationship he wants with his followers. Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way he loved, pray the way he prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave his all for you.
Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth largest church in America. He is the author of the award-winning and best-selling book not a fan. He is also the presenter of several video curricula, including not a fan, H2O, and the newly released study gods at war.
"Kyle Idleman knows where we live and where we could live with God's help. His words are, at once, profound and practical. He is committed to helping us move in the right direction. If you need a helping hand in your journey, he'll point you to the right Person." - Max Lucado, Pastor, Oak Hills Church and Author of Fearless
"Jesus never asked us to sit on the sidelines and cheer for his cause. In Idleman's book, Not a Fan, Kyle will challenge you to grow from a fair weather fan to a full-time follower of Christ." - Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of LifeChurch.tv and Author of The Christian Atheist
"Not a Fan is truly a cutting edge study that will challenge even the most obedient Christians to re-look at their relationship with Christ. I highly recommend to individuals and churches everywhere." - Mike Huckabee, Former Governor of Arkansas and Author of Do the Right Thing
"Kyle Idleman's Not a Fan is a crucial message for our time. It's a powerful call to commitment and to following Jesus with all our hearts that has challenged me in the best of ways!" - Jud Wilhite, Sr. Pastor Central Christian Church, Las Vegas and Author of Throw it Down
"This book disrupts the status quo and challenges readers to follow Christ with greater devotion." - Mark Batterson, Lead Pastor, National Community Church and Author of Soul Print
"Not A Fan is a book that every Christian should read and regularly re-read. I started to read the manuscript and could not stop until I finished. This is a NOW message for the Church and my hope is that every believer who reads this will become an authentic follower of Christ." - Christine Caine, Founder, The A21 Campaign and Author of Run to Win
The tendency in American Christianity is to attract crowds, but Idleman points out that when confronted with large crowds, Jesus' message was more than likely to drive them away rather than attract them to stay. Clearly, He was searching for those who would truly follow and not just establishing a following.
Pastor Idleman walks his readers carefully through a series of diagnostic steps to help them honestly evaluate the relationship they have with Jesus. The thought-provoking emphasis is greatly enhanced by illustrations and real-life testimonies of those who share their experiences which lead them to the conclusion that they are not a fan of Jesus, but a follower.
The tantalizing dangers inherent in such a discussion are also highlighted, to assist the reader in their evaluation. Idleman carefully navigates to the heart of the issues regarding following Jesus instead of following rules, following Jesus rather than just associating with Him, and following Jesus exclusively rather than adding Him to a list of heroes to name just a few. Earnest appeals are made without wandering into melodramatic or emotional manipulation.
Far from being just an appeal to become a follower, Not a Fan does an excellent job of detailing exactly what following Jesus is intended to cost. Discussion of the cost of earnest devotion to Christ is presented in such a way that the appeal is both direct and honest.
I commend Not a Fan to you. While not the first or last book to discuss this topic, it is a much needed read. Charles Eldred, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Joan1 Stars Out Of 5Disappointing and simplisticJanuary 30, 2015JoanQuality: 5Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1I did not even finish this book. Read about 3/4 of it and found it to be pointless. Either you are a follower or not.. If you only know about Jesus, and don't believe Him to be the Savior and Son of God, you are certainly not even a fan. You have insulted Him by calling Him a liar and turning your back on Him. Fans don't do that. After all, He claimed to be God, and backed it up with proof, so if you don't believe it, but only know Him as a good guy and great teacher and example, the He is a liar as far as you are concerned, and a fraud. I expected more
Christy Bower5 Stars Out Of 5Brings an Unpopular Message to the ForefrontJanuary 24, 2015Christy BowerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I started reading the first few chapters, I thought, Yeah, Ive got this down. This is too basic for where Im at now. But as I read further into Not a Fan, I found myself saying, Ouch. Thats a little close to home. I might need to work on that. Id say Kyle Idleman has something challenging for everyone, regardless of whether you know about God but havent made a commitment yet or whether youve been a committed follower for years. We all have areas in which we can be *better* followers. This book speaks to those areas, challenging us out of our complacency to take actionto take risks for God.
The author points out the less popular exhortations of Christ. In a culture where we want to be comfortable, he reminds us that Jesus called us to deny ourselves, accept pain, and drop everything to follow Him. Jesus wants us to follow Him wherever, whenever, and whatever. We can place no reservations or restrictions on how and when we are willing to follow God. This is a very much needed message for us and I thank Kyle Idleman for bringing an unpopular message back to the forefront.
Lynn J5 Stars Out Of 5Not a FanJanuary 23, 2015Lynn JThe most inspirational, in your face, book on your relationship with Jesus Christ. Jaw dropping, are you kidding me right now?! kind of book. Wonderfully written. It was what I needed to move my relationship with Jesus Christ in the right direction - the Better Life.
Janet5 Stars Out Of 5Not a FanJanuary 16, 2015JanetThis book was easy to read but so convicting. It points out the difference between being a fan or a follower of Jesus. Since reading it, I have bought several more books to give to friends.
Heartlandcare5 Stars Out Of 5The best book ever besides the Bible!January 11, 2015HeartlandcareQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Must read. Life changing. Positive. Encouraging. Engaging.
Q: What is needed for small group study? If we choose this study for our small group what exactly is needed to complete the study besides the dvd kit? Do we need the journal and paperback? Is the journal in the kit the same as the one that can be bought separately?Thank you,Jody
The study kit for small groups requires everything included in the kit. The paperback book is not required. While it may be possible to do the study without the journal, there is strong recommendation to use it to get the most out of the overall study. The Journal sold separately is identical to the one in the kit.
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