About The Author:
Ron Abarbanel grew up as a child to immigrant Jewish parents in a Catholic school system. While religion was a huge part of his upbringing what he took away was that God was mainly interested in perfection. Guilt and shame soon developed at an early age and God was shelved until he hit university where a deep desire emerged to understand what life was all about. In the ten years that followed, Ron decided he believed in Jesus, but struggled with his moralistic upbringing (guilt and shame) and the way the Jesus story was often told by Christians so that nothing was required of them except belief. This struggle culminated in a profound experience of God that caused Ron to completely revisit his belief about what God is like.
This Bible study is the result of him completely revisiting the Biblical narrative with the emphasis being placed, not on the human experience of God, but God’s experience of His own creation. The study adds a refreshing perspective on the grace of God, what righteousness is, the death and resurrection of Christ, and the responsibility believers carry because of what they now understand as important.
It would be hard to point to a more important Bible study than this. If you are wanting to know what God is looking for, what sin is, why Jesus had to die, and why grace is so important, look no further.
Ways to enjoy this study
On Your Own (Least recommended)
This study was designed to be done in groups. While there is a lot to benefit from doing it on your own, listening to different perspectives adds a tremendous amount to this particular journey.
Self Guided in a group
This study includes many thought-provoking ideas, questions, and reflections. A reasonably skilled facilitator who is comfortable with people exploring different thoughts would be all that is needed to make this an incredible experience.
Skilled Guide in a group
This study can be done with one of our trained facilitators or the study author. If you would like to get the most out of it and grapple with many of the implications to your own life, this is the way to go. The study in this format would unfold over 7 weeks with 2 hours of group discussion time each week. The cost, which includes the study is $150 per participant.
If you would like this option, register below:
I know I may be biased because of my relation to the author, but this is without a doubt the best study I have done that touches on the complexities of our relationship with God. It is illuminating!