Add the days of Jesus public ministry and you end up with 1000 Days according to Jonathan Falwell’s new book, “The Ministry of Christ 1000 Days“. Falwell provides a 180 page overview of the public ministry of Jesus, affirming that Jesus’ ministry is more than do’s and don’ts, but is a relationship with a God who cares. And yes, Jonathan Falwell is related to Jerry Falwell, he’s his son. Jonathan serves as Senior Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church as well as vice-chancellor for spiritual affairs at Liberty University.
Falwell’s goal in writing the book is “a journey to know His teachings and example and grow to love and serve Him in a new way.” In working through the 1000 days of Jesus ministry the challenge ins to watch what Jesus does and become God followers.
The greatest strength of the book is Jonathan’s use of questions. In addition to the small group study at the end of each of the 15 chapters and the accompanying Bible Study guide at the end of the book, there are key questions in chapters throughout the book. Questions like:
Why should we listen to Jesus?
How would it look to receive Jesus message?
What do you and I need to drop? What is it today that you are holding on to, not willing to give up because it feels safe?
What does it mean to truly follow Jesus?
What storm do you need Jesus to calm?
Jesus is asking: Are you going to love this person the way I love you?
What do you value more than anything else?
Will I follow Jesus no matter what?
In addition there are 8 questions that tie into the Beatitudes in chapter 4 and 5 questions that look at one’s hypocrisy level in chapter 7.
The result of these questions is an opportunity to not only look at 1000 days of Jesus ministry 2000 years ago, but Jesus ministry in my life today. For readers who want to go deeper there is a special web site: 1000days.trbc.org. That web site takes the lessons of the book and provides accompanying video, small group guide, a 100 day Gospel reading plan as well as the sermons that make up the book.
An additional plus to the book is the list of 100 Main Events in Jesus’ Life at the back of the book. This not only provides a detailed look at Jesus life but provides Biblical citations to read more about each event. For one who wants a more chronological study of Jesus’ life this is a good place to dig.
Though I appreciated Jonathan’s conversational style in writing, his study of the meaning of Greek words and the occasional insight of the geography of Israel, I did not find this to be an in-depth look at Jesus life. I expected a process that would track year by year, but the chapters were guided more by themes then times. Chapter 10 deals with the temptations of Jesus in the wilderness, an event that happens early on in Jesus ministry. Having said that if one is looking for an initial look at the life of Jesus 1000 Days provides a good overview and a guide to dig deeper. I give the book 4 out of 5 stars.
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