God Moments Together
Scripture Union, 2011

£3.99 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

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.

What do you get?

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:

  • Ready-to-use outlines wherever you meet – home, work, college, over a cup of coffee
  • Flexibility and choice – variety of Bible books, series length
  • Complementary resources available on WordLive
  • A tear-off bookmark to help you read the Bible passages on your own

Who is it for?

God Moments Together are for small groups or individual study.

Cost?

£3.99

 

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Unprepossessing cover hides a wealth of material, augmented online, and a clear, inspiring and indepth look at the topics.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Each session based on biblical passages followed up by introduction to the theme. Aims and outcomes implicit rather than explicit otherwise.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    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.

    Who could lead it?

    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.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    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.

    How good is any digital material?

    Digital material is via the website – see below.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Set up and decide on use of extras on the website; otherwise, familiarisation with the material.

    Is there website support? Links?

    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.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    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.

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

    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.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Good, well-rounded Bible study with lots of potential for responding in various ways.

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

    Get real section attempts to encourage both individual and corporate response to the themes raised by the biblical material.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Most of it, with the addition of the icebreaker to introduce the theme.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    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.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Get Real section plus icebreaker do this well. Online additions help with this also, giving members the chance to apply this to themselves.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Overall evangelical.

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

    The format encourages good interaction with the themes. Questions explore the biblical material in context of both the original situation and its application today.

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

    General flavour is one of taking time and providing tools for members to grow and learn.

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

    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.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Some sessions could provoke some real growth for members – and the need to be sensitive with some issues is always flagged up.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Included in various sessions, though in a generic rather than specific way.

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

    Where relevant.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Only in the sense of exploring the big picture of faith (though may appear in the other titles in the series).

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Implicit.

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