A Radical Commitment to Jesus and His Word

New Canaan Society: San Francisco Weekend 2013


The New Canaan Society exists to inspire a global connected network of men who are committed to friendship with Jesus and each other. At their 2013 San Francisco Weekend, Francis Chan, pastor and author, challenges listeners to read the Bible deeply and be changed by it.



The double standard has us easily do the selfish things that we want to do, but ask for God's audible voice before we do anything spiritual.

What are some things you may have considered before that you would only do if you audibly heard God tell you to?
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What "shadow missions" are you involved in? How do you look busy for God in order to play the part, but hold back from fully trusting Him in radical obedience?
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Philippians 3:7-11 (MSG)

7-9The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I'm tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I've dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn't want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God's righteousness.

10-11I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.


What "dung" do you have in your life right now? What are you holding onto that is standing in the way of you completely selling your life out to following Jesus.
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Revelation 3:2 (ESV)

2Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


What has God placed in you that you need to strengthen so that you are a better servant for Him?
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2 Timothy 4:3 (ESV)

3For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


How are your itching ears? Is there a doctrine that you hold to that you have been challenged over or wondering if it's really in Scripture? What part of your faith and beliefs do you feel you need to investigate with the Bible?
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Francis summed up this subject very well. "At any moment we are going to see God, and then nothing else will matter."