God Moments Together
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The God Moments Together series is aimed at busy people who are juggling study, work, family, friends, church … These straightforward outlines will help you to meet with God as you get together with others to read the Bible and pray.
The material first appeared on wordlive.org, Scripture Union’s free Bible reading website which – through podcasts, video, music, creative prayer and meditations – provides inspiring and accessible ways to engage with God’s word.
There are three titles in this series: The God Life, Meet Jesus, and Led by the Spirit. Each one is a glossy paperback book including 13 group study sessions.
Each edition of God Moments Together offers:
God Moments Together are for small groups or individual study.
Unprepossessing cover hides a wealth of material, augmented online, and a clear, inspiring and indepth look at the topics.
Each session based on biblical passages followed up by introduction to the theme. Aims and outcomes implicit rather than explicit otherwise.
Short ‘How to use' section describes the flow of each session and how to use them: The main heading (Bible reference); Get started (icebreaker theme); Get stuck in (Bible study); Get real (so what? Questions of application); A key Bible verse (to memorise); Extras (information about the passage); This week's readings (five daily readings for use between sessions); online resources (list of available further resources); Notes (space to write). Each session is a two-page spread, very well set out and super easy to follow. All text is to the point and would be easy to use in a group setting.
This would be a good resource to pass round the group for people to try leading. Easy and clear, yet still with depth and a bit of challenge in deciding how to use the extra material.
Just the one book. Small boxed space for notes. Although the group could be run without every member having a copy, the layout and information are accessible and valuable.
Digital material is via the website – see below.
Set up and decide on use of extras on the website; otherwise, familiarisation with the material.
Lots of extras on the site, including audio recordings of the biblical material and a mixture of powerpoint presentations (some with music), audio reflections, poetry, dramatised readings etc. These are mostly fairly straight-forward, with simple graphics and images (could not get the videos to work). The presentations feel a little dated in style and quality but are still relevant and helpful.
All the studies encourage good interaction, both in reading the Scriptures, discussion, and participation in the activities which are sometimes suggested for the icebreaker and ‘Get Real' section.
The inclusion of the online material would extend this further from being mostly reading-and-discussion style – plus the activities mentioned above. Something to suit all learning styles.
Good, well-rounded Bible study with lots of potential for responding in various ways.
Get real section attempts to encourage both individual and corporate response to the themes raised by the biblical material.
Most of it, with the addition of the icebreaker to introduce the theme.
Very well – passages are carefully chosen and often systematic, not too much material but opportunity to dig in. Just a few carefully worded questions per verse or passage, which are open enough to help people think. Easy to use. Background material is well chosen, just enough to interest and bring passage to life.
Get Real section plus icebreaker do this well. Online additions help with this also, giving members the chance to apply this to themselves.
The format encourages good interaction with the themes. Questions explore the biblical material in context of both the original situation and its application today.
General flavour is one of taking time and providing tools for members to grow and learn.
The variety of input, while focused on the indepth Bible study, helps to make connections well between the biblical material and the purposes of God in our lives.
Some sessions could provoke some real growth for members – and the need to be sensitive with some issues is always flagged up.
Included in various sessions, though in a generic rather than specific way.
Only in the sense of exploring the big picture of faith (though may appear in the other titles in the series).
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