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Only heaven really knows how God has chosen to use Experiencing God.

Indeed, the book and Bible study that Blackaby co-authored have been translated into 47 languages, embraced by almost every denomination, and sold more than 7 million copies. The reach of Experiencing God now extends from local lawyers to national athletes, from military heroes to world leaders, from prison yards to the mission field and beyond. For parents, teenagers, and young children, these fresh applications of a timeless, trusted message will bring families closer together and ever closer to God. Knowing and Doing the Will of God Bible study is the classic, best-selling, 13 week study.

The following resources can be used as part of that study. Experiencing God Revised Member Book. This revised and expanded edition of the classic best-selling course guides learners to experience the kind of relationship with God through which they come to know and do His will. Through examination of biblical and contemporary illustrations, participants will understand and apply seven realities of experiencing God. Churches will be helped to better function as the body of Christ as members understand how to experience God as a church.

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Experiencing God Revised Leader Guide. This revised leader guide contains administrative helps to facilitate a study of Experiencing God Revised using the Member Book and tools in the Leader Kit. The shepherd and the sheep know each other When His other sheep hear His voice, they also become part of His flock Once again, the Jews fail to completely understand v. What is the problem? Two key questions need to be answered from the text of John Blackaby answers one way and Jesus answers another.

Blackaby seems to have a couple of things in mind when he mentions hearing God's voice. Gaining insight or applying a command from Scripture is one kind of "hearing" Getting a personal "assignment" from God through a leading or a calling is another This is not what Jesus has in mind here, though. It is critical at this point to remember John's clarification. Jesus was using a figure of speech. The word "voice" cannot mean voice.

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A thing is never a metaphor of itself. It is a picture of something else. Jesus must be referring, in a figure, to something else that the phrase "hear my voice" represents. He says, "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me and I give eternal life to them" v. They hear His voice. Then He gives them eternal life. What "voice" is it that draws us to Jesus and results in our salvation? Most likely it is the ineffable drawing by the Father through His Spirit of those who are His, a concept John has already introduced and developed in earlier chapters of his Gospel 5: It is a figure of speech for the inner working of the Holy Spirit that leads to our salvation.

Remember, the Jews have no trouble actually hearing Jesus. They hear His instructions just fine. The voice being referred to here is not the whispers of private direction given by God, but the effective call of the Holy Spirit bringing us to Christ. Why don't the Jews "hear" in the sense that Jesus means, that is, respond and believe? Jesus tells us plainly.

They do not "hear" because God is not "speaking" to them. They are not among the sheep the Father has given to the Son. That is Jesus' unambiguous teaching. Now the second question: What enables us to hear? Blackaby claims, "Knowing God's voice comes from an intimate love relationship with God" , and again, "As you walk in an intimate love relationship with God, you will come to recognize His voice. You will know when God is speaking to you" But Jesus never suggests such a thing.

This "hearing" is not for believers after salvation, but for non-believers prior to salvation. There is another damaging consequence of Blackaby's misreading of this text. According to Jesus' comments, hearing His voice is essential to salvation.

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Those who do not hear are not His. Rather they are outsiders, bereft of eternal life, lost. There is an unavoidable consequence of blending the wording of John 10 with Blackaby's definition of hearing Jesus' "voice. In the verse Blackaby quotes, Jesus is castigating the Jews for unbelief, calling them the sons of Satan 8: Blackaby places a tremendous burden on the believer who questions his spirituality and even his salvation if divine messages are not forthcoming. This is not Jesus' meaning. Blackaby's understanding of hearing the voice of God is completely foreign to the text of John 8 and To Jesus, hearing God is not a skill to be developed.

It is not an advanced discipline opening the lines to personalized assignments from the Father. It is not a fruit of a deepening love relationship with God. It is a figure of speech.


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Hearing Jesus' voice is not getting an assignment; it's getting saved. It's the result of the Father drawing the non-believer into Jesus' arms. The life and teaching of Jesus do not support Blackaby's ideas. What about the life of the early church? In Acts we have a focused look at a relatively short period 30 years of Bible history in which there are radical manifestations of supernatural activity. Acts offers a best-case scenario for providing an inductive argument for the view that Christians ought to be receiving assignments from God, private, subjective revelations of God "speaking" to them.

What do we find? I went through Acts verse by verse looking for concrete examples of the kind of assignments Blackaby describes in Experiencing God. I have listed below every time God gave a special directive of any sort. An angel rescues the apostles from prison and tells them to preach the Gospel 5: Philip is sent to the Gaza road by an angel 8: Philip is directed to the Ethiopian eunuch by the Spirit 8: While traveling on the Damascus road, Saul hears the audible voice of Jesus directing him to Damascus 9: Ananias has a vision in which the Lord instructs him to visit Saul 9: Cornelius is instructed by an angel in a vision to send for Peter Peter is instructed by the Spirit to visit Cornelius Peter is ordered by an angel to follow him out of prison Paul and Barnabas are sent out by the Holy Spirit on their first missionary journey The Holy Spirit forbids Paul to speak the word in Asia Paul is directed through a vision to Macedonia Jesus appears to Paul in a vision and tells him to preach the Gospel in Corinth Paul is told through prophecy not to enter Jerusalem Jesus tells Paul in a vision to leave Jerusalem What are the means of these revelations?

How does God communicate these assignments? The majority five are communicated through visions. Three times an angel is the messenger. Four times the Spirit speaks. One is a prophecy. One other is the voice of Jesus. There are five other examples of supernatural revelations that are predictive in nature, but do not dictate any direction, they give no assignments.

These examples can be found in Acts At first glance this list seems formidable, but the initial impression is misleading. The events represent a very small amount of activity considering the 30 year time span and the aggressive spiritual activity of Acts. Notice a couple more significant facts.

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First, there is no mention in the entire Biblical record of the early church when God gave an assignment through some inner "sensing. The rare times God gave special directives, He communicated in clear, supernatural ways. More than half the time He used a vision or an angel.

This last is especially odd, given the contemporary references to "hearing the voice of God. Announce you had a vision, though, and heads would turn.


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Admit angels were visiting and you may get a visit from the local "deliverance" ministry. Yet there are abundant biblical precedents for the last two and virtually none for the first. Second, there is no evidence that any of these directives are sought. There is no indication of any Christians, including Apostles, "waiting" for God's direction. In the New Testament we find no pleading with God or laboring in prayer for God to show them His will or give them His assignment. For balance we must also note other important decisions not directed by God.

There are many examples in Acts when the disciples make decisions marking significant events in the life of the early church. They are the kind many would think require a word from the Lord. They entail decisions about the how, when, where, why, and who of ministry. Yet there is no evidence of any directive from God, and no indication the disciples even sought one. They simply weighed their options in light of circumstances and then chose a judicious course of action consistent with the prior general commands of the Lord.

Notable examples include Philip's ministry in Samaria 8: Elders are appointed in the new churches The Jerusalem council resolves the problem of the Judaizers and the Galatian heresy Paul embarks on his second and third missionary journeys Paul sets up shop as a tentmaker and starts a ministry in Corinth Paul establishes a discipleship training program for two years at the school of Tyrannus Acts Paul has a healing ministry on the island of Malta for three months Acts According to Blackaby's teaching, each one of these decisions is illicit because none was a special "assignment" from God.

Rather, each was the result of a unilateral decision by the disciples using wisdom to respond to the circumstances confronting them. And these are just the tip of the iceberg. Altogether I found 70 such instances in the book of Acts alone, contrasted with the 14 occasions of specialized direction during that same time. Even more can be found in the epistles. Paul chastises the Corinthians for not working out their own legal differences 1 Cor. He does not counsel them to seek a decision from God. In 1 Corinthians 6, Paul gives the most thorough instruction to be found in the Bible on the issue of marriage.

He details pros and cons of single life over married life. He solemnly notes the moral obligations of both. He then leaves the decision in the hands of the believer. There is no hint in this passage that a believer must "hear from the Lord" even on the weighty matter of choosing a spouse.

Peter gives explicit instruction about the use of spiritual gifts in ministry 1 Peter 4: Paperback Number of Pages: Blackaby , Claude King, Richard Blackaby. Is the workbook for doing the 13 week study Has been updated with new illustration and testimonial content Is also included in the revised Leader Kit.

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