I am a big fan of the creative sermon series. By taking a fresh angle we can help the congregation encounter God in scripture in ways that will equip them for the life of faith.
My latest book Paradoxology comes out on the 10th of April and as some of my other books have been helpful to churches as a interesting teaching series I thought I would give you a heads up on how a church could get the best out of the book.
Paradoxology aims to help Christians to life-proof their faith by pressing into the deeper and more difficult parts of the Bible. Parts that are usually skirted round or ignored all together – the parts that cause us to face some of the paradoxes in our theology. By deliberately pursuing these difficult parts we can open up the scriptures to people by dealing with some of their biggest fears or challenges.
The book could easily form the basis of a teaching series – perhaps broken into two: chapter 1-8 are Old Testament while 9-13 are New Testament. I have preached all of the chapters over the years – and they do work well as a series. I am a big fan of positive reinforcement of the preaching so having people read through a chapter before meeting for small group will help people grapple more fully with some of the big ideas they are encountering.
I am toying with making some small group questions available. If you are interested let me know.
1. The Abraham Paradox:
The God who needs nothing but asks for everything
2. The Moses Paradox:
The God who is here and far away
3. The Joshua Paradox:
The God who is fearsome yet full of compassion
4. The Job Paradox:
The God who is actively inactive
5. The Hosea Paradox:
The God who is faithful to the unfaithful
6. The Habakkuk Paradox:
The God who is consistently unpredictable
7. The Jonah Paradox:
The God who is indiscriminately selective
8. The Esther Paradox:
The God who speaks in silence
9. The Jesus Paradox:
The God who is divinely human
10. The Judas Paradox:
The God who determines our free will
11. The Cross Paradox:
The God who wins even as he loses
12. The Roman Paradox:
The God who is effectively ineffective
13. The Corinthian Paradox:
The God of hope whose people are hopeless
Here’s what Bruce Milne author of the best selling theology primer “Know the Truth” said about the book:
Krish Kandiah’s text is a must-read for the countless folk, both inside and outside Christian churches today, whose faith, or search for faith, is shot through with unresolved questions. This is a sensitive, courageous, and richly-textured exposition, never dodging the hard questions, while demonstrating repeatedly Scripture’s trustworthiness and relevance. Here is an invitation to discover, or newly appreciate, the greatness, wisdom, and endless compassion of the Bible’s God. I commend it most warmly.