Beautiful Lives: sharing our faith with friends and neighbours
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Beautiful Lives is a group course which helps church members develop the confidence to share their faith naturally and effectively with friends, family, colleagues and neighbours. 1 Peter 3:2-4 speaks of the beauty and reverence which should characterise our lives as Christians, and this course is written in the conviction that it is beautiful lives, lived in the power of the Holy Spirit, which lead others to faith.
Glossy matching A5 booklets, for Leaders and Course members. Eight sessions plus outreach event after course.
90 minutes per session (plus arrival time, coffee etc = 2 hours).
Adult, Growing Christians, Sharing your faith, 4-10 people suggested per group.
Leader’s manual: £8.00; Course member’s book: £3.50. Pack of Leader’s manual and 10 member’s booklets: £36.00.
Smart booklets, nicely laid-out material.
Clear and very practical. Debunks myth of evangelism being a scary subject only for the few, and makes naturally relating to unchurched friends and contacts possible.
Easy to follow. Very clear. Accessible layout. Icons. Timings given. Firm but gentle approach.
Leader with confidence about evangelism a bonus but not essential.
Some icons, also pictures and graphics.
Sessions clearly explained so familiarisation with each one should not take long. Some require extra resource prep.
Not direct support for this course, but information and inspirational material on www.mathetestrust.org. However, the Mathetes Trust team offer support if you contact them, via site or phone.
Very well. All material is discussed, and honesty encouraged.
Reading, discussing, writing, pairs work, prayer. No hands-on activities as such. Homework includes relationship-building as a priority.
Adaptation welcomed. Reading and writing to do, but low-literacy members could be helped with this.
Extremely well, including very practical sections on how to talk with people. Homework after every session is specific and results shared with group. Very high on application.
About half of the material is directly Bible-based, depending on topic.
Biblical material is basis for all topics, and engagement with specific passages a strong feature of whole course.
Biblical material as basis for rationale of course. Personal between session understanding and discovery encouraged, with very practical suggestions.
ReSource has an ‘Anglican distinctive' but the course has nothing specifically Anglican in it.
Material clearly aims to be very accepting, realistic and empowering.
Basis of Beautiful Lives is the conviction that our lives have the potential to attract others to faith. So dependence on Holy Spirit, and growing in fruit of Holy Spirit, is essential.
Understanding of evangelism is based on loving people in a real way, building on real relationships.
Encouragement to engage with friends and contacts in a real way that fosters honesty and care.
Very practical course for enabling people to work out evangelism in their own lives. Includes opportunity to craft own story of conversion, whatever it is.
Emphasis on building good relationships, and treating people in a Christ-like way.
Not a focus.
Not a focus – but implicit in evangelism as a concept.
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