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Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer. ‘What are the essential elements of the Christian life? … those simple and recognisable things that make you realize that you are part of a Christian community. This little book is designed to help you think about four of the most obvious of these things: baptism, Bible, Eucharist and prayer.
Compact book of 4 chapters with 3 questions at the end of each. 30 minute discussion perhaps, depending on the group.
Adult, beginners, enquirers.
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Well-produced compact book with attractive cover and good font size.
Not a focus but aims examine four of the ‘essential elements of Christian life'.
This is a read-a-chapter-in-advance book, with 3 discussion questions at the end of each chapter. A few subtitles but mostly straight text. No other material. Clear and penetrating questions which could galvanise good discussion.
Someone used to leading groups, who could use this as the discussion time and build other group-meeting elements around it.
Book advertised as both ‘elegant and lucid', ‘With clarity, depth and simplicity ... takes us into the heart of what it means to be Christian.' Short chapter to read before session. A highlighter pen would be good to use – other questions may naturally arise in addition to those asked.
Read chapter and decide how to build material into a group meeting.
Discussion questions are there but the rest is up to the leader.
Reading and discussion only. Deals with big theological concepts in an accessible way for the general reader.
Group needs to be comfortable with reading and discussion. Style and concepts accessible but still demanding.
Up to the leader
Topic-based, with introductory, illustrative passage. Biblical illustrations along the way.
Integral to discussion.
Basis for discussion.
Anglican. Relevant particularly to chapter on the Eucharist, but general approach is generous, broad and window-opening rather than dogmatic.
Discussion around the four big Christian elements of Baptism, Bible, Eucharist and Prayer, building into a wide contemplation of the implications of these.
Thought-provoking from a deeply thought-through perspective.
Implications of the four elements are developed both broadly and deeply.
Real about the challenges of life, and living as a Christian, in an overall rather than specific way.
Implicit but not a focus.
Implicit in encouragement to connect widely with humanity in general.
Theological basis for this.
Implicit but not a focus.
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