Just 10

Just 10
J.John, Philo Trust distributed by Kingsway, 2012

£10.00 (Approx)
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What does it say on the tin?

J.John’s classic Just10 series has been tailored to meet the specific need of the small group. Just10 provides leaders with the tools to unpack the relevance of God’s Ten Commandments in a way that helps people understand and apply them to their lives today. J.John presents the Commandments in a positive light showing that, far from being a set of rules to restrict us, they are the key to finding a framework for life.

What do you get?

2 DVDs, small A5 leader’s guide, participant’s journal, all in box. 10 sessions, each 90 minutes.

Who is it for?

Adults, Beginning, Growing


  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Simple presentation of J.John's talks, filmed in marquee. Fairly basic introductory graphics; talks broken up into sections (rather abruptly). Nicely packaged with attractively-produced guide and journal in box.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Very clear. Mixture of watching, engaging with discussion based on questions.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Very accessible. Brief and to-the-point guidelines for running the sessions, both practically and sensitively. Timings given. Clearly set out schedule for each session, including suggested further reading. Good leading questions, though the talks may prompt others as well.

    Who could lead it?

    While J.John says you don't need to be a ‘spiritual or intellectual giant' to lead, some experience of group-leading would be good as he tackles challenging topics, and it would be good for the group to feel they are safe enough to respond honestly.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Attractive and helpful booklet with summary points from the talks, room for notes, suggestions for active response, and further reading.

    How good is any digital material?

    Simple presentation of J.John's talks, filmed in marquee. Fairly basic introductory graphics; talks broken up into sections (rather abruptly). But J.John's inimitable style is compelling, exploring the topics with humour, reality and authority.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    This material is easy to use, though you may want to watch the talks in advance in order to prepare pastorally for leading.

    Is there website support? Links?

    www.canonj.john.com has the complete video talks available for view.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Very well. Discussion and prayer integral to session.

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

    Despite the slightly clunky nature of breaking up the talks, this does give flow to the session and opportunities to discuss and process along the way. J.John is an extremely entertaining and clear speaker so the mix of listening, discussion and prayer would work well for most groups.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Would suit a wide range of groups. Very easy to listen to.

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

    Great questions for discussion. Most material is for personal application, but decisions for actions are shared with at least one other person each time, and prayed over together. ‘Take it further' section encourages digging deeper into the topic between sessions, including suggestions for biblical reflection, more questions and further action.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    50% directly, though all based on Ten Commandments. Talks, discussion and applications peppered with further references to passages, especially from the New Testament.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Each Commandment theme is explored from the perspective of a positive spin – eg ‘Thou shalt not steal' is presented as ‘Prosper with a clear conscience'; and often linked to other relevant biblical material.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Integral motivation for whole course.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Evangelical. Should suit most people.

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

    Excellent. Rooted in reality, memorable delivery of material from J.John. Commandments deal with making life-discipleship work well.

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

    Excellent. J.John mixes soundbites, stories and catchphrases into a deep understanding of the subject. Something for everyone.

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

    Deeply challenging as material connects God's vision for our lives with our realities.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Implicitly and explicitly. Integral to whole material. Impossible to avoid application to the way we live, and our own everyday issues and choices.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Very clear presentation of Gospel as part of material. Very realistic about the need for God.

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

    Implicit in living a life that attempts to demonstrate Christian discipleship at its most honest.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a focus.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus but implicit in need for personal response to Gospel.

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