‘Theology Matters’ is a blog series on the Asian American Christian Fellowship at UCLA’s book study of “Dug Down Deep” by Joshua Harris. In this series I will be posting updates, reminders, thoughts, and study questions all about the book.
Well, after many phone calls and emails, the books have been ordered and are on the way! I’m particularly excited because the books are being shipped to my house. I love receiving new books in general, but a box of 82 new books is an entirely new experience! I can’t wait!
It’s such a blessing that so many UCLA students want to participate in this year’s book study. We have over 82 people signed up for our look through Joshua Harris’ new book, Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why it Matters. Each week we will be reading through a chapter of the book as a fellowship, followed by study questions that will be discussed in small groups on a weekly basis. I honestly believe that this will be an immensely uniting and fruitful study, and it’s encouraging to see so many people want to learn more about theology.
As you all know, I really enjoyed the book when I read through it the first time. But reading it again with the entire fellowship, with brothers and sisters, is something I’m seriously looking forward to. Usually reading is an individual activity for me: I pick a book that seems interesting to me or that might address one of my problems, and I read through it at my own pace. Very rarely do I get to throw ideas around with other people because usually they’re reading their own books or have little interest in mine. Only in my classes am I forced to read a text and discuss it with my peers (who have presumably read the same text but usually don’t), and even then it’s about the more bland issues in life. But what an opportunity this is! Think about it, we’ll be able to talk about this book, about theology, about our God, with anyone in the fellowship! No longer will there be awkward silences or redundant questions when we see our friends at large group, we all have something in common that we’re experiencing together, corporately. Every reader will have eighty or so peers to help answer spiritual questions, to explain challenging ideas.
Besides, there’s something encouraging about doing things corporately, as a group of believers. Like a congregation singing songs of praise in unison, corporate activities are a glimpse of heaven. God called us into right relationships, not only with Him, but with each other; we are united in Christ, our strongest and most prominent bond for all eternity. Of believers, Paul writes that, “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6). So as we pray for this book study, please pray for the conversations that it is sure to evoke. Pray for relationships and the health of the corporate mentality of AACF as we seek to know our Lord and Savior at a deeper level..together.