Jesus – The Wounded Healer
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Jesus is a wounded Healer – His ability to heal our wounds flows from the fact that He Himself experienced our wounds. The God we see in Jesus did not study our sufferings from a distance in a cold and detached way, but wrapped Himself in our flesh and felt what we feel.
For use in conjunction with the five-session DVD, Jesus – The Wounded Healer, this booklet includes questions for group discussion, prayers and five weeks of Bible –reading notes based on Every Day with Jesus – Healing Wounds written by Selwyn Hughes. (Personal copy recommended for each group participant.)
A DVD and a booklet with five sessions. The booklet also contains five daily readings for each session.
Adults. Enquirers. Growing. Beginning. Small Groups.
£19.99 for DVD and booklet. £3.50 for booklet.
Together, the DVD and booklet are well presented and well written. The booklet is easy to read and relates directly to the introductory DVD sessions, providing discussion material as well as daily readings. A very challenging and powerful resource that covers real life issues like such as grief, pain and denial.
The five sessions are designed to discover how Jesus went through his own suffering and how he supports us through ours. Each session is accompanied by five daily readings for individuals to read in-between the group study.
There is a small section at the beginning of the booklet that instructs the leader how to run the session, where to use the DVD and how to prepare for each session. The group study notes provide instructions for icebreaker activities, group discussion questions and prayer. They correspond to the DVD to introduce the topic and provide commentary and real life examples. Each group session starts with the DVD introduction and which leads to the icebreaker activity, discussion questions and a short prayer to close from the booklet.
The booklet content includes how to run the session and activities included in the whole session, therefore it would be suitable for new leaders. Those with more experience may choose to add in further activities such as personal testimonies or adapt the group material to suit different needs of the group. The content is centred on pain, suffering and grief, which may raise some challenging questions within the discussions so the leader should ensure they are prepared for this.
The daily readings provide Bible reading, a commentary and a short prayer for individual study. They are fairly brief but allow the material to stay fresh in the mind throughout the week. The commentaries are easy to read and helpful for new Christians to begin a routine of reading the Bible every day. The group study notes are the same for participant and leader.
The DVD is very good and visually quite entertaining. The clips of the dramatization of Jesus’ life provide powerful images to reflect on. Each clip is around 15 minutes long, providing a brief but thought-provoking introduction to each session.
Watch the week’s DVD session before the meeting and select the questions you think will be most useful for your group to look at. The resource suggests each group session should take around 30-45 minutes. There are no suggestions for worship so this would take extra preparations to be included.
Each group session includes icebreaker questions and discussion questions to get the group interacting and thinking further about the topic.
Some different styles of learning involved – watching, reading and discussing. The icebreaker activities are more discussion based to encourage the group to open up and start talking. For more energetic groups, these could be adapted to more active icebreakers; however this would take more preparation. The DVD has subtitles available.
Adaptable for most groups of any size. Large groups may want to split into smaller sized groups, possibly around eight maximum, as the content is fairly sensitive and people may want to share personal experiences. As mentioned previously, the icebreaker activities could be adjusted to more energetic activities with some groups.
Discussion questions do two things: firstly they ask questions recapping the DVD material; secondly, they ask questions surrounding how the material is relevant to real life. This encourages the group to remember the material and to discuss how it applies to their lives.
A good balance of real life examples and Bible content. The DVD narration is good at introducing a topic and relating it back to the Bible, looking specifically at how Jesus handled each issue. It is useful to turn the subtitles on if you want to look up the verses for yourself. Each daily reading has a Bible verse attached to it.
This resource does well at highlighting a topic, for example loneliness, explaining its relevance to life and then explaining its relevance to Jesus. There is less in terms of quantity of Bible verses but each Bible story mentioned is explained to an extent that is memorable and engaging.
The topics are centred on everyday life obstacles and hardships and they are linked to everyday situations and examples.
CWR is evangelical in its approach to the Bible.
This resource covers relevant and prevalent topics for many Christians, such as denial and harsh criticism. It reassures us that we don’t need to deny our pain, but to address it and follow Jesus’ example.
The resource encourages us not to deny hurt and pain nor assume that as Christians we can’t go through suffering. It addresses how Jesus suffered and how through this we can find comfort in him when we are struggling.
We learn how Jesus’ suffering is key to us understanding who God is and what He is about. God understands human suffering because He has been through it himself. He is not a God who just watches us suffer but has gone through the same suffering.
Very well! The content looks at suffering, loneliness, denial, pain, grief etc. It introduces a topic with different opinions which people may find challenging, and then investigates how Jesus dealt with similar issues and what we can learn from that.
Not a main focus. There is a small focus in one of the daily readings on how supporting others through suffering can be a powerful ministry.
Not a focus.
Again, not a main focus but within the daily readings, the topic of suffering is accompanied by real life examples of suffering in the world.
Not a focus.
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