Losing Face & Finding Grace
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Losing Face Finding Grace

12 Bible Studies for Asian-Americans

by Tom Lin

Losing Face Finding Grace
paperback
  • Length: 80 pages
  • Published: January 1997
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-1684-2
  • Item Code: 1684
  • Case Quantity: 100

Raised as one of only a handful of Asians in my Chicago suburb, I did not want to be part of the Asian culture. It did not seem relevant. Besides, I thought, "Other than skin color, we're all the same, right?"I remember hearing comments from friends such as "I don't think of you as Asian, but just like the rest of us [white]." These were meant as compliments (and I often took them as such), but they were confusing, since I, no matter how much I might have tried to deny it, was Asian and different. Though self-confident and socially adept on the outside, in my heart I felt ashamed of my parents' culture at times and ashamed of myself for being a part of that culture.At home my Western ideals of expressing love were not being met by the less physically and verbally expressive ideals of my parents' culture. Feeding me and checking up on my grades seemed to be all that they cared about. I felt as though I didn't belong in my parents' world or in my white friends' world. Where did I belong as an Asian-American?

Face and grace. These are the themes that weave through Tom Lin's journey (recounted above) and the lives of many Asian-American Christians. How do we escape the trap of trying to earn our salvation? How do we handle the expectations of our parents in light of God's calling in our lives? What do we do with the shame that threatens to overtake our self-image?

The inductive Bible studies in this guide explore these questions and much more. You'll find help and hope in Scripture--and you may even find yourself.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Introduction by Dave Gibbons

Welcome to Losing Face and Finding Grace

Part One: Finding Our Identity
1. A Party, for Me? - Luke 15:11-24
2. Expectations - Luke 15:25-32
3. Languages of Love
4. Idolizing the Family - Ephesians 6:1-3 - Matthew 10:34-39

Part Two: Breaking Free
5. Performance Orientation - Luke 10:38-42
6. Beyond the Image - Luke 7:36-50
7. Toxic Shame - John 8:2-11
8. Earning a Trip to Heaven? - Mark 10:17-31
9. Motivated by Love

Part Three: Into the World
10. Becoming Citizens - Ephesians 2:13-22
11. Risk-Taking - Luke 19:11-26
12. Dangerous Head Knowledge - James 1:22-25 - Matthew 7:24-27

Leader's Notes

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Tom Lin is the president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He previously served as vice president and director of missions and the director of the Urbana Student Mission Conference. He also spent several years in Mongolia pioneering campus student ministry with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. He is the author of Pursuing God's Call and Losing Face & Finding Grace.

Lin has pioneered new Asian American Christian Fellowships at Harvard and Boston University, and served as an IVCF staff trainer, fund development specialist, and missions department consultant. He has leadership experience with a number of Christian ministries, serving the Lausanne Movement as the international deputy director for North America, and serving as a board member for Missio Nexus and The Crowell Trust. He has also served as vice chairperson for the board of Wycliffe Bible Translators.

A second-generation Taiwanese American, Lin has developed networks in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Brunei. He has also served as a human resources director of a Fortune 500 company and was leadership pastor at Wellspring Covenant Community Church. He and his wife Nancy live in Madison, Wisconsin, with their two daughters.

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