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Small group Bible study will never be the same! With ZondervanGroupware Small Group Editions, leaders have interactive DVDs that feature bestselling authors Philip Yancey and John Ortberg to teach a small group Bible study in their own homes. The DVD and 32-page leader’s guide provides ease of facilitation for the small group leader. The participant’s guide, available separately, provides a book for small group members to follow along with the teaching and record responses to questions. If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat—Nearly 500,000 books sold John Ortberg serves as guide and interpretive leader of six DVD small group sessions designed to help people learn to trust God more fully. Using testimonial interviews to illustrate his talks, Ortberg teaches participants the skills essential for "water-walking" in faith with God.

About the Author

John Ortberg is senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the bestselling author of Who is this Man, The Life You've Always Wanted and If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat. John and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children.  

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Student/Stdy Gde edition (August 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310250560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310250562
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ortberg's small group series are among the best, if used with his teaching DVD's (Zondervan, but you'll have to find that elsewhere, it appears).

This particular study appeals to a broad range of backgrounds, and experience levels. We all wrestle with "staying comfortable" vs. "stepping out in faith" when the situation calls for it. Through excellent groups discussion and Scripture investigation questions it is easy to guide a group to go beyond their current "comfort zone" and take steps of faith "outside the boat."

But purchasethe DVD for best results (use an Internet search engine and you should find it quickly). Ortberg is a master teacher, and his 25-30 minute teaching is a must.
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This book has been out for a while, but the title always made me laugh, so I had to read it. Ortberg does a great job challenging the Christian to trust God more in the way we live. It's not what we do, it's how we do it, and the way that Ortberg presents as the most godly fashion is to be willing to let God be God and to trust Him where He guides us. I, for one, don't want to live a life of regret, so I was personally challenged right now and am very glad I read it. It has given me confidence to take a step of faith where I'm not sure if I am going to sink or swim. OK, Jesus, I'm coming out--please help me to walk.
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It's funny -- I love James Taylor and I love John Ortberg. I think the commonality there is that they are such great wordsmiths. Very honest, plain-spoken, and yet so much is contained in so little said. Ortberg is not a poet, but he's able to see great truth in simple things.

If you avoid being confronted with truth, then avoid this book. But if you're ready to face it, then read it. He's the CS Lewis of our day.
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The weekly men's breakfast and Bible study that I lead spent an enjoyable six weeks examining how following Jesus today requires the same faith that allowed Peter to step out of the relative safety of the boat and move toward Jesus on the water. If you or the people you care about need encouragement in moving out of the comfort zone, this book will help.
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My review title says it all. Although it is not so great as "When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box", it is by all means readable and enlightening. In short, recommended!

p.s. Below please find some favorite passages of mine for your reference.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails where daring greatly. So that his place will never be with those cold timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt pg11
Somebody once asked Winston Churchill what most prepared him to risk political suicide by speaking out against Hitler during the years of appeasement in the mid-1930s , then to lead GB against Nazi Germany. Churchill said it was the time head to repeat a grade in elementary school. "You mean you failed a year in grade school?" he was asked. "I never failed anything in my life. I was given a second opportunity to get it risk. Pg22
Imagine watching all the God might have done with your life if you had let him. Pg47
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Although this lesson had a lot of good points, our Bible study group found ourselves skipping a lot of questions because they were very repetitive. They are also a bit too guiding... many of the questions seem like there is always a "duh" answer, rather than encouraging real thought. That said... the video is good, and John Ortberg is engaging.
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By Buble on September 27, 2006
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This is one of the best book that I have which talk about faith. If you need encouragement or something to help you increase your faith, then this is the book for you.
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By Kolene on November 1, 2011
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When you order a copy of Ortberg's book, be sure to get this participant's guide along with it. This workbook is great for Bible studies of all shapes and sizes. It has discussion questions, scripture passages, large group and small group interaction, as well as a personal 'digging deeper' component in each section. Our small group (4 couples) just finished the book and study guide--LOVED it and two of us feel we are being called out of our boats!

We had purchased the video too, but we were not convinced the video really added anything for us. We would recommend that you not spend the extra money on it unless there are members in your group that may not do the reading or you have lengthy time spans between the times you meet.
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