More than Conquerors

More than Conquerors: A call to radical discipleship
Simon Guillebaud, Lionhudson, 2006, reviewed edition: 2011. Previously published under the title 'For What It's Worth'.

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

More Than Conquerors is a call to radical discipleship. Although it describes the life of faith as an exciting adventure, it also warns us that to be an authentic follower of Jesus involves rejecting the comfortable cross of contemporary Western Christianity. This is the only way to experience life to the full – which is the reason we were created!

What do you get?

DVD with insert booklet containing questions. Video clips are average 8 minutes long. 13 sessions. DVD follows the chapters of Gillebaud’s book, which explores the topics in more detail. DVD is standalone however, and could be used without the book. Available from www.more-than-conquerers.com, Lionhudson.com and amazon.co.uk.

Who is it for?

Beginning and Growing. Adult and Youth. Some topics suitable for outreach and Enquirers.

Cost?

DVD £12.99, Book £7.99

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Really good. The DVD is imaginative and well-produced video with Simon exploring the topic. Shot in often beautiful African locations, active and engaging.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    DVD and questions can be used easily without the book.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    DVD insert contains searching and challenging questions for each session. Hard-hitting yet also realistic about how life really is, so a great balance of challenge and encouragement. Book: explores similar issues to the DVD, based on biblical material and including illustrations of principles from Guillebaud's own experience, and that of many Christian ‘heroes'. No questions.

    Who could lead it?

    A leader with some experience of group facilitation. Shouldn't be hard to get reactions and discussion going, but these are the big questions of life and faith.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    No separate resources. They may like to get the book to explore the issues in more depth.

    How good is any digital material?

    Imaginative, memorable and well-produced video with Guillebaud exploring the topic. Shot in often beautiful African locations, active, moving and engaging, from bungee jumping and mountain climbing to local schools and villages. Some scenes are distressing but warning appears first.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Watching the videos would be essential to prepare for the challenging material. And they are very good. Printing out the questions might be helpful. If using the book too, read the chapter.

    Is there website support? Links?

    There is a website with some extra information about the author, makers of the DVD, and Guillebaud's charity. DVDs and book available from here, plus other material from the same author.

    Is it dated?

    No, although the book was first printed in 2006 so some statistics are out of date.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    These videos go straight for the heart of the adventure and reality of radical discipleship, so the material and questions should stimulate honest and real discussions among the group.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    Engaging videos. Then discussion-based. No other material.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Should appeal to a wide audience in terms of age and experience. Really good for inspiring young people to make choices for life and the future. Especially great for boys – Guillebaud is a gutsy role model.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Overall inspiration and applied questions which ask for a response on a personal and community level.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    DVD: Each topic is earthed in biblical material by means of one or two relevant passages. In the book, discussion on the topics is centred round biblical material.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Theme and biblical passage are based on each other, with one or two questions engaging directly with the Bible passage. Personal applications encouraged.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    All well connected in to the topic.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Evangelical.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Guillebaud communicates a picture of lives ‘sold out' and utterly given to God, defining the whole of life, out of love and gratitude.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Deeply challenging, and the questions dig into applying the principles personally.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Sobering situations explored in the videos matched with challenging questions. No punches pulled.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    An impressive strength of this material.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Implicit in call to radical discipleship, and focus of one topic.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Principles of living a as radical disciples and responding to issues wherever you are.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Topics connect intimately with crucial and ongoing issues, with ideas and inspiration for changing the world, one step at a time. Great examples of Christian engaging with issues of justice and acting in Jesus' name. Encouragement to ‘pick a fight' that matters to you.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Implicit in call to radical discipleship, in topic ‘Are you ready?' and in the example of Guillebaud himself.

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