The life and ministry of Christ was marked by His overwhelming compassion for people. And His heart is the same today. As believers, we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ, and extend His extravagant love to a broken world. Based on the book of Luke, this study examines the very heartbeat of our Savior, and explores how Jesus connected with hurting people in an authentic and powerful way.
Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's best-selling "BE" commentary series, BE Compassionate has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe explores the compassionate life of Jesus. Filled with moving examples of Christ's ministry to people of all backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs, this study will inspire you to share His love with the world around you.
"BE Compassionate" is a commentary on chapters 1-13 of Luke, but it's written more like a Bible study than a Bible reference book. As in, you could go to a certain chapter and verse reference and read the entry for more information, but the book was designed to be read from start to finish. The book was easy to understand and an enjoyable, quick read.With one exception, each chapter in the book covered one chapter in Luke. The author pointed out the meanings of Greek words that don't fully translate into English and background historical information that helped to bring out the full impact of the verses. There were 9 to 11 questions at the end of each chapter. Some tested to see if you remembered/understood what the author had said, but others were discussion/reflection questions about how you could apply what you had just learned.This study made me think, and I gained a lot of new insights from reading it. I didn't agree with a few of the author's conclusions, but I'm not claiming that they're wrong. I've just heard a different spin put on the events that seems to fit better, in my opinion. Overall, I'd highly recommend this book as a Bible study for those who want a deeper understanding of the Word.I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
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Review 2 for Be Compassionate (Luke 1-13)
Date:August 23, 2010
I am such a huge fan of Warren Wiersbe's commentaries. Seriously, can't get enough of them! I end up flagging so many pages and verses and quotes that by the time I'm done with the study, there is almost more pink flags than there are pages.Always a good sign when it comes to non-fiction!Be Compassionate is a study of Luke 1-13 and focuses on the compassion of Jesus and His work in the lives of those that need that compassion the most. Through these chapters, each centering on a different chapter(s) of Luke and the journey Jesus took on Earth, we are given a detailed breakdown of exactly what happened, why it happened, and how it should be affecting our lives today.Every point made is illustrated with a fantastic example and a thought-provoking explanation. One of my favorites:"Whenever we label different spheres of our lives "physical," "financial," "material," or "spiritual," we are bound to leave God out of areas where He rightfully belongs. Christ must be first in everything or He is first in nothing (51)."I'm always really impressed with how much I learn from these small books. Between the historical concepts, cultural overviews, Scripture, and detailed descriptions, I always feel like I've really taken a step into the Bible and am really understanding the Word. And at the end of each chapter we're given questions about what we learned, which really helps to make the material stick and would be great for a group study guideline. I've always done these studies on my own, but would really enjoy doing on in a Bible study group as well.This is a great series to immerse yourself in, especially if you're new in your walk with God.
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Review 3 for Be Compassionate (Luke 1-13)
Date:August 17, 2010
Jesus looked at the crowds and had compassion is a key verse for every follower of Christ or should be.The popular Christian song could be restated: "Everyone needs compassion, Weirsbe's book that's never failing; Let "Be Compassionate" fall on me. ... and teach me!Weirsbe does a good job of asking the right questions, looking for application and wanting maximum impact for the reader.Weirsbe makes scripture seem applicable and puts the reader in the stories of Luke.I need to be made new and need Christ to make a difference in my life daily and in seasons.Weirsbe's latest "Be" book helps in that process!
Be Compassionate by Warren W. Wiersbe is the Be book covering the first half of the Gospel of Luke. Wiersbe has written a fantastic series of commentaries about each book of the Bible. Each one focuses on a specific characteristic of Christianity. In the physician Luke's writing, Wiersbe finds a message of compassion and each chapter breaks down a chapter of the Gospel, often verse by verse with interesting insight into what Jesus was saying or doing. Wiersbe is always thoughtful and intelligent, and his writing is truly a joy for its breakthroughs in understanding. He makes the old stories come to life with fresh detail and new focus. This is a series to read again and again.
As a new Christian, I grew up hearing Dr. Wiersbe on his Back to the Bible radio broadcast. Reading his expostional commentary is like hearing him all over again. Exciting!Dr. Wiersbe is clear and distinct in how he presents the material in his commentary. Other than some minor doctrine issues, I find his works to be diligently researched and presented historically and spiritually. He gives many examples of Jesus and his disciples lives, as well as many people in the Bible. Little nuggets of truth and insights have clarified some of my current lack in understanding. Maybe because his commentary is also expositional is why it makes it that much more helpful and personal.I like that he has you read Scripture first. Based on his comment, Jesus balanced Scripture with Scripture to get the total expression of Gods will, I would still prefer the questions before the commentary. I love the personal accountability and application in the questions themselves. Very relevant.I would have to say that I like the Be commentary series over the Bible study series. The latter, at least the one I reviewed, is good for new Christians, exceptions noted.This book was provided free by Karen from The B & B Media Group, Inc., for my honest review. I want to get the whole series!!!