I start with a quick introduction to each chapter that brings out some questions, some unique and perhaps surprising elements of the biblical encounter. I then move to a fictional retelling of the encounter. This is Biblical imagination, which brings in a ton of research to try to capture what it might have been like for that person to encounter Christ at the worst moment of his or her life. I’m hoping the reader will identify with the biblical character and be able to experience the story at a deep level.
Then, I move on to analyzing the story and what it might mean in our own lives. I use modern day examples, stories from my own life, analysis of the Greek, history, everything I can to bring out the richness of the encounter and help us delve its depths.
I follow up with a “Who is This God?” section where we look at the surprising character of God and use other parts of scripture to illuminate who God really is in our lives. Each chapter ends with a prayer to encourage the reader to come to Christ and encounter him in a personal way.
This is the third book where I’ve used this format, and I’m really finding it helps the reader to have a full, whole-person experience that is truly transformational.