Faith Confirmed

Faith Confirmed: Preparing for Confirmation
Peter Jackson and Chris Wright, SPCK, 2nd Ed 2013

£9.99 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

In our journey through life we are often confronted with beg questions. What is the purpose of life? Why do people have to die? … Christians through the years have turned toward the Bible and the Church for answers. Faith Confirmed is an introduction to what Anglican Christians believe. It is written for those preparing for confirmation in the Anglican Church and for all those who want to know more about the essentials of the Christian faith.

What do you get and how?

Glossy A4 book. 19 chapters, with topics including:

  • God.
  • Human nature and sin.
  • Jesus: life and ministry.
  • The Holy Spirit.
  • The Church.
  • The Bible.
  • Living as a Christian.
  • Prayer and worship.
  • The sacraments.
  • Baptism.
  • Confirmation.
  • Marriage.
  • Anointing the sick.

Who is it for?

Youth and adults, discover and follow

Cost?

Amazon £7.99; Kindle £5.99; SPCK £9.99

Review

  • What is the overall quality of the material?

    Simple, clear, creative, visually stunning.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Clearly aimed at prep for confirmation. Combination of input material, Questions, Bible study and Reflection.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    No leader notes as such. Not clear how to use the introductory material to each topic. Adaptation needed but worth the effort. Good questions, Bible study and reflection section.

    Who could lead it?

    Church leader or experienced leader.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Same book as leaders, with clear input section, and response section for each topic. Good, attractive, ‘dipping into' book.

    How good is any digital material?

    N/A

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Decide which and how to use material, how to time sessions, especially as there are a potential 19 sessions.

    Is there website support? Links?

    No

    Is it dated?

    Contemporary.

  • How well does it encourage interaction the group?

    Great questions on topic and Bible study, plus space to pray together.

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

    Pictures, art and questions in book as well as text. But no leader notes or activities/hands-on.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Anglican confirmation-based, Anglican understandings of baptism and sacraments, but universal Christian topics; teens to adult.

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

    Section for prayer together.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    35%. Each topic includes a relevant biblical passage with questions.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Good questions to encourage engagement with biblical passages, and biblical material also quoted throughout in dealing with topics.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Woven in to discussions of issues and basic Christian doctrines.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Mainstream Anglican

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

    Excellent introduction and summary of what it means to be an Anglican Christian, but with application beyond Anglicanism.

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

    Thought-provoking facts, questions, reflections and prayers.

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

    Loads of food for thought, introducing all topics sensitively but clearly.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Very well, including difficult subjects eg divorce, healing, life after death

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Implicit only. The chapter on mission is missing!

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

    Included in chapter on ‘Living as a Christian'.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    As an outworking of faith, but not major emphasis.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Good on real life; low on potential for impact of Christians.

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