All The Places To Go
John Ortberg, Tyndale House Publishers, 2015

£27.00 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

All the places to go…How will you know?

Are you Ready for an Adventure? Rarely in the Bible does God command someone to ‘stay’. Instead, he opens a door and invites us to walk through it – into the unknown. And whether we stay or go will ultimately determine the kind of life we’ll live and the kind of person we’ll become.

In All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?, bestselling author John Ortberg opens our eyes to the countless open doors God places before us every day, teaches us how to recognise them, and encourages you to step out in faith and embrace all the extraordinary opportunities that await.

What do you get?

DVD and participant’s/leader’s guide with video notes, discussion questions, suggestions for further study, and ideas for practical application that will help you get the most out of the All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know? video curriculum and put you squarely on the path to discovering God’s will for your life.

  1. The Open door
  2. Door#1 or Door #2?
  3. How to Cross a Threshold
  4. The Doors We Open for Others
  5. The Jonah Complex
  6. Thank God for Closed Doors

Companion book of the same title also available for £9.99 from https://www.eden.co.uk/shop/all-the-places-youll-go-except-when-you-dont-4320743.html.

Who is it for?

Small groups, adults, older youth, Beginning, Growing.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Brilliant, well-produced and holistic exploration of the doors God may be opening for us; through video, real-life stories, Bible study and topic discussion.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Clearly laid out and thorough.

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    Easy to use, with good progression through the sessions. Great questions and summaries of the main teaching points. Builds very well on the video material. Comprises Introductory quote (from companion book All The Places To Go); Video (teaching and interviews); Video Group Discussion; Group Bible Exploration; In Closing (opportunity for summaries and prayer).

    Who could lead it?

    Any leader who is confident in leading through the material and making the most of it – the potential is for life-changing transformation in group members. Inspiring video message from Ortberg just for leaders is included, as well as tips in the Guide.

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    Plenty of space for taking notes, all the Bible studies and between-session personal study. Quotes and summaries from the videos. Very high quality.

    How good is any digital material?

    Ortberg communicates with customary passion and clarity; a range of other interviewees are honest too, against variety of cutaways and back ground. Great quality. Inspiring, real and memorable. Topped and tailed with introduction and summary from Kenneisha.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    It would be good to preview the videos, and also decide on the priorities from the discussion and Bible material in the Participant’s Guide, as there may not be time for it all.

    Is there website support? Links?

    N/A

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Good discussion opportunities through biblical study and the topic. Prayer encouraged.

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

    Good mixture of DVD, biblical engagement with questions, and questions for discussion around the topic.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Widely applicable with a broad appeal.

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

    Material supplied for between-session personal study with a similar mixture of Bible and topic study. Includes biblical reflection, self-reflection and very practical applications. Suggestions for personal and group application. Excellent.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Ortberg’s section always includes references to biblical stories and passages on which he builds his input.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Biblical material is integral to the input on the video, and very well presented and used. The Bible study which follows examines the points Ortberg has made, and then digs deeper. Good, searching questions that discourage surface-level answers and encourage honesty and self-reflection.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Very well indeed – we are given the opportunity to explore how our attitudes affect every aspect of our lives. Ortberg cuts through our excuses and opens doors into reality, honesty and personal growth. Powerful presentations of biblical principles.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Broadly evangelical.

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

    Focus is on being transformed to be like Jesus, by growing in wisdom, rather than a route map for how to make decisions. We are meant for more – ‘to make our lives count with God’s help, for the sake of others’.

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

    Great input with a mixture of biblical principles and real-life stories and examples. High value placed on our attitudes and character transformation. Great emotional intelligence.

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

    Encouragement to go for big goals and visions, and not to settle for to ‘small soul’ issues. ‘The kingdom of God is written on our hearts’, after all. Consistent return to the biggest pictures – through doors we may not even have thought of yet. Purpose comes when people connect with the things that they care about, and take action. Inspiring presentations from Ortberg on all issues.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Challenging and practical. Grounded in honesty and peppered with real life issues. Subtly alters our perspective from self-absorption to others-and God-focused. ‘Look for opportunities to love’. Realistic and helpful about the inevitable suffering and trials of life.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Implicit in the encouragement to open doors for other people in mission and life priorities.

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

    Many of the real-life stories revolve around community involvement, as outward expressions of God’s love.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Many of the stories connect with global issues in practical ways.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Many of the stories connect with global mission in practical ways.

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