Conversations with Jesus: from St John’s Gospel
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Patrick Whitworth gives us 10 studies of conversations between Jesus and people in St John’s Gospel. We can find here Jesus in conversation with Nicodemus who came by night for a life transforming conversation, the woman at the well surprised by a stranger who appeared to know everything about her … From these and other conversations we learn about life, death, restoration, justice, courage, forgiveness and obedience. These studies are tailor made for lifegroups, homegroups or study groups in churches who wish to look more deeply into the teaching of Jesus about life in his Kingdom.
Adult Christians, Growing, Beginning
Glossy A5 book with fine art picture at head of each chapter.
Not described. Chapters based on talks from a house party.
No leader's notes. Just the one book, with short chapter based on Bible passage, then study questions. Presumably the passage and then chapter would be read by all before the session, and then discussed together. Alternatively, good, lively readers could present the passage and chapter to the group – 20 minutes? Accessible, friendly and engaging style, thought-provoking and theologically grounded. Undergirded with contemporary information which helps to bring the context of the conversations to life. Gentle presentation of themes.
This is good food for thought so a leader with some experience would bring the most out of it.
Same book. Good to have individual copies, as space given to make notes with questions.
Familiarisation with upcoming chapter. Possible preparation of conversations in passage dramatised by members of group.
This would be up to the leader to encourage discussion around the study questions. These questions should, however, provoke discussion.
Discussion based and reading or presentation and listening. Fine art brings image to each theme. No hands on.
As they are conversations, this material could be brought more to life by dramatising them. But it is unlikely to suit a group which needs more interactive and varied approaches.
Not a focus, though application in questions might spark some ideas.
All of it: reading of passage, commentary on it and discussion around it.
One conversation for each chapter. Good background and context.
Good mix in questions of engaging with text and what is means for us.
Anglican background but not dominant.
Encourages engagement with a range of issues as they appear in the chosen conversations.
Thought-provoking angles on issues raised by biblical material. Encouragement to think through how they apply to own situation.
See notes on Use of Bible – instructive engagement with biblical material.
Where the conversations are about these issues, then it does – e.g. the woman at the well, the raising of Lazarus.
Relevant to some of the conversations, and included in the questions
Not a focus but relevant to some themes.
Not a focus
Appears in several chapters