Welcome! This site is dedicated to getting as
many people as possible to seriously interact with J. I. Packer's
seminal book on the Christian life,
Knowing God. Dr. Packer died on July 17th at the age of 93. The Christian church has lost a giant of the faith but he has now had a chance to know his God face to face. Halleluyah for him!|
For how this study came
to be see Background.
The Knowing God Study Guides and
Teacher's/Personal Study Editions are now complete
Section One, Two, and
Three of both editions are now finished. A
combined download of all six editions is now available. Thank you to
everyone for their support and prayers, which were very important in
the completion of this work. Note:
Section One Student edition PDF is the newly edited version with meditations added to each lesson.
I have decided to do a set of videos using my study materials to cover each chapter of Knowing God.
- I am
currently re-editing the study materials for Knowing God
as I prepare for this new video teaching effort. I don't know how long it will take, since my time is limited. If you are interested in this approach, let me know (contact
me). I will be looking for a few people who are willing to critique each lesson before I upload the final versions.
You can see info about study materials below. There is a new
Section One Study Guide that includes my meditations
on each lesson. The meditations will be added to each study edition as I go through this process, which will take up to a year to complete. The class takes 27 lessons of close to an hour a piece.
A friend of mine, who is a musician and has studied Knowing God with me on three separate occasions, create a music video about his experience with the last study called Packer Rap It is available on YouTube for your viewing/listening pleasure. Packer Rap on YouTube.
Knowing God by J. I. Packer
An Exercise in Spiritual Growth
Chapter by chapter study of the book
by J. I. Packer.
you need a copy of the book and can't afford it or if you cannot print
out the study guide, let me know. If you want to order a copy (or many
copies for your group) please use the link in my
Books'n Stuff page. I get a small commission and you pay the same
amount for the book. Thanks.
Duration: At least 27 weeks (study is divided into three
sections, which follow the structure of the book) using one week per
chapter and a section review.
Mentor: William Meisheid
Contact information: 4 1 0 - 4 6 1 - 6 3 8 7 or
(remove "-nospam-" from the email address)
Resources: Lessons for each chapter and section reviews.
Audiobook is on Amazon- You can now
Knowing God from the
Amazon in several formats. Amazon took over Audible several years
ago. You can get the CD or MP3 versions. The MP3 can play on your
Android or iPhone.
Online Book Text
can get the text of the book online. The online text
for Knowing God is
available from E4 in Vol.3 of their E4 Bible
Study Library. It also contains materials from 9 other classic
Completed lessons are listed below.
An Adobe PDF
version of each each section allows you use directly or print out the
study materials for your personal or group Bible study use. Please
respect the copyright on these materials if you incorporate them in
another publication. For information regarding use of these materials in
other contexts, please
Study Files in
study you will need both the Study Guide and Teacher's/Personal
Study edition so that you have the workbook to fill in your answers
and the Teacher/Self Study edition with the supporting notes.
Important Note: The Teacher's/Personal
Study Edition has extensive notes, meditations, and answers to the
study questions to assist a teacher or a person studying alone.
To download the desired PDF file, right-click on the link
and select "Save target as..." Some features are not available in
-Section 1 (Intro & Chapters 1-6) >>
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-Section 1 (Teacher's/Personal Study)
-Section 2 (Chapters 7-17)
-Section 2 (Teacher's/Personal
-Section 3 (Chapters 18-22 and closing lessons)
-Section 3 (Teacher's/Personal Study) >>
-The Complete Study (6 books) as a single download >>
To download the desired PDF file, right-click on the
link and select "Save target as..."
Some features of the study are not available in the browser
version of the PDF Reader. Download the file locally and open it
with the current
Some users have reported problems
printing the web links in the document (e.g., all scriptures are
linked to BibleGateway.com) when printing grayscale (not color). To
correct this, in the PDF Print dialog, select the
option at the bottom left of the window. In the Advanced Print
Options dialog, in the Color Management
section, check the "Let
printer determine colors" option, and then click OK.
That should solve your unreadable or missing links problems. If you
are still having problems, contact
and I will try to help.
This effort grew out of my almost
40+ year history with the book and my continuing interaction with
the challenges it makes on my life. Knowing God makes those challenges on everyone who seriously
engages the book. The Study Center came to fruition due to the intersection of three events:
A group study of the
book with men
from my church.
2. A later decision to do a weekly study of the book on my blog
Beyond The Rim....
3. An attempt to create a Knowing God
weekend seminar (which I later
decided to put on hold).
The Knowing God's group study
framework is part presentation and part discussion, using probing
questions designed to illuminate the underlying message of the text.
The questions in this study are different from those supplied by InterVarsity at
the end of some editions of the book (including the
reference) or the same questions in their stand-alone study guide. These materials are free for your use
but are copyrighted. Please
if you want to use portions of the materials in another work or need
assitance for a group or church-wide
study. I can supply you with the Word source documents. Some
churches adjust the materials to their specific needs. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Items of interest
- n. A view that Christianity is no longer the dominant civil
religion of society, and where the prevailing values, culture, and
worldviews are no longer Christian and may even be antithetical to
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