“Everyday we wake up and we chase something or we chase an invisible God.” – Jennie Allen, Chase
I’m always a little scared to started reading something by Jennie Allen.
Because it’s almost impossible to walk away–
God has a way of using her words to clear through the haze and to help me focus on living in light of eternity.
Last year I shared with you about her book– Anything.
It ended up being one of the books that most influenced my 2012.
then we shouldn’t do it.” ~anything pg. 152
I knew even before reading through it, that Jennie’s study, Chase, would both challenge and encourage me.
Chase is not a–
sort of study.
It is interactive.
The questions are often open-ended and require thought.
Life application is drawn out.
Over the course of 7 weeks, or 7 studies,
using projects, stories, in-depth Bible study, heart-probing questions, 8 dvd sessions, and conversation cards for opening and encouraging discussion,
Jennie challenges us to focus on:
- Identity – Who am I in Christ?
- Courage – What are my fears? In what areas do I struggle to trust God?
- Obedience – Am I trying to please other people, or is pleasing God what truly matters most to me?
- Belief – What would my life look like, if I gave God my doubt and questions and hurt and disappointment?
- Repentance – In what areas do I need to experience God’s forgiveness?
- Surrender – Am I willing to trust God completely with every area of my life?
- Chased Down – by God. “Let’s live like God is real and heaven is coming”.
The Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need.
~ Psalm 23:1 (of David)
Do I really believe this?
Do we really believe this?
I want to live every day as if I really believe David’s words.
Not as if.
I want to believe David’s words.
“After chasing everything the world has to offer, nothing is more satisfying than God.” – Jennie Allen, Chase
And now for some questions and answers with Jennie Allen:
Why is the story of David in Chase one that you feel women today need
Jennie: David is the wild, passionate, warrior king, but something about the way he related to God has wrecked me. His view of God was so big. David actually believed God and he lived like it.
I think as a generation of women, we are longing for the same lives. We want to believe God is real and to live like it.
This is not a study for people wanting to play it safe… This study messes with you because we all are chasing things other than God, and when you look into the life of someone chasing God himself… God alone, you start craving that. I want a life like David’s, brave and dependent and full of worship. He had a relationship with God unlike any other in Scripture; honestly, unlike any other I’ve ever seen. I want to know God like he did and trust God like he did.
How will women relate to Chase who have already completed your ﬁrst Bible study, Stuck?
Jennie: Chase is a natural next step after Stuck… after you work through areas that are holding you back… naturally you want to run. Chase is more adventurous and helps women dream about all that God wants for us here, about how to live a life pointed squarely on Him. But Chase has the same interactive and relational format people loved in Stuck and great conversation starters over Scripture and projects to ﬂesh out what you just studied.
How can small group leaders, groups of friends and others use your
studies, like Chase, to dig deeper into God’s Word?
Jennie: Every study begins with Scripture, and the entire time you are going back to God’s Word together, but this is a lot more than an intellectual examination of Scripture. My prayer is that this would be a place where truth and experience come together. I designed these studies to take women from the point of understanding the truth all the way to the point of living that truth. From the personal questions to the projects that make you face your doubts about God…. it feels a little scary but I love that these studies push us to places of faith. There aren’t easy answers, and it makes us wrestle with God – not just check boxes and ﬁll in blanks.
What do you hope that women discover most about themselves and
about God after experiencing Chase?
Jennie: I think a lot of us are tired and we would like to please God, but it feels like it would take a lot of effort to do that. Chase seems to be an experiment in what it is God wants from us. The more I understand what God has done, the more I quit striving and rest in Him. David rested in the work of God – in God’s favor – in the plans God had written for him. Whether you are running from God or working your tail off to please Him, this man’s journey will challenge your view of God.
As you continue to grow as a Bible study teacher and author, what are
Jennie: The theme seems to be clear in my life…. this is not about me. My job will always be simply to push everyone up to the face of Jesus, because I believe He is actual, tangible hope. Not one other thing gives hope that lasts longer than a few minutes… Jesus offers hope for the biggest problems and He resolves them forever. Where else do we go but Him? That is my job and I pray I keep my head down and just play my small role in His plan.
Thank you Jennie.
I am thankful for you and the way God has used your words in my life.
I did receive this Chase Dvd-Based Study from Jennie’s publicist to review, but as with anything I ever recommend on here…
I don’t share anything with you all unless it is something I feel would be very encouraging to you and honoring to the Lord.
I really am excited about this study and hope to go through it again with a group of women this summer!
More information about Jennie Allen’s Chase study can be found on her website.
The study can be purchase @amazon, @b&n, and @christianbook.com.
To purchase for a group, it would be best to buy one Chase dvd-based kit (includes the leader’s guide, conversation cards, dvd sessions, and a copy of the study guide) and then to purchase individual Chase study guides for however many will be joining your group.