The Aha Moment Behind Blitz Thru the Bible
Ask a Different Question,
Get the Right Answer
I woke up with a start. I knew the answer. I was asking the wrong question.
The question I was wrestling with was this, “How do I get the High Tech Prayer Breakfast table hosts to invite their guests to an event after the breakfast?”
Suddenly I knew I was asking the wrong question.
The real question should be, “How do I get the guests to invite their table hosts to an event after the prayer breakfast?”
The answer was simple. Create an event the guests want to go to whether or not their table host is interested.
Easier said than done, you might think. But God is big. He came up with just the thing.
In 1993, I was invited to my very first High Tech Prayer Breakfast. It was the second breakfast ever. I left that breakfast interested in knowing more about God and, more specifically, Jesus. The message from the speaker was clear: “You, too, can have a personal relationship with God.”
I wanted to know more.
I contacted Bill Leonard who I found out was the founder of the High Tech Prayer Breakfast. He recommended going to a Bible study as my next step in learning more. I went but I was lost. I like context. I like to know where I am and where I am going.
My previous experience with the Bible was church services. In the service, the Bible was opened and a selected reading was recited. Even though it might have been an interesting sentence or two, I didn’t have any context. Where did it come from? Why these sentences? How does it fit into the story of the book? The questions kept coming for me. I didn’t know where to go to get them answered.
Then I started leading a Bible study
When I started to lead a Bible study, I realized pretty quickly I was not alone. The people who attended wanted to know the same thing. They wanted context. So I asked them, “Who wants to take a year and go through the whole Bible with me?” The hands went up. I did this with them, and the result was amazing.
We learned about the God of the Bible, the significance of Jesus, the message of the Bible, and the organization of the Bible.
We had context!
When I woke up that night, I knew this was the answer to the question. The next problem to solve was more simply stated. “How can I lead people through the whole Bible in less than two hours?”
I dedicated an entire week to solving this problem.
This was the birth of Blitz through the Bible.
I went over the one-year curriculum we covered in my Bible study group. I then selected the readings which were most relevant to creating a context in the shortest amount of time. With these selected readings, I created a format which could be used to engage every attendee and keep it interesting, fun, and informative.
Blitz through the Bible was created.
The first time we announced this at the breakfast, over 400 guests expressed an interest in attending.
We held the first Blitz at Villa Christina Restaurant in Sandy Springs. When I walked into the ballroom, I was shocked. There were over 200 present.
The reviews were amazing.
“In two hours I came to understand the message of the Bible.”
“I now know who the God of the Bible really is.”
“When you read, ‘They created man and woman in their image,’ it blew my mind.”
“Now I know who Jesus is and why he came. And I was surprised that he promises to return.”
“This was the best two and a half hours I ever spent seeking my spirituality.”
All this was so encouraging. I wish I could say I was smart enough to come up with this idea and curriculum. I’m not. I simply got to the right question. God gave the answer.
Come to the next Blitz through the Bible.
Come join us on June 19th at Atlanta Tech Village from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. If you ever wanted to understand the Bible, to get the context I talked about, this is your opportunity. Sign up here.
Charlie Paparelli is president of High Tech Ministries, angel investor and blogger. Twice each week email subscribers to his blog receive his thoughts on being a successful entrepreneur and Christian leader.