Life Issues: Bible Studies
various, CWR, 2010

£3.99 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

This book is one of a series of Bible studies for supportive small group study or personal use, looking into important issues of daily life. Each of the four sessions includes biblical teaching, questions for meditation and discussion, and suggested prayers.

What do you get and how?

4 sessions per A5 booklet. Titles include:

  • Globalisation
  • Forgiveness
  • Environment
  • Money
  • Time
  • Work

Who is it for?

Bible studies on contemporary issues for adult small group or personal use. For growing Christians.

Cost?

£3.99

Reviewed issue: Globalisation

  1. What is globalisation?
  2. Economic ills in a globalised world
  3. Creation
  4. Think globally, act locally

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Smart A5 booklets with clear layout. Material for Globalisation is rooted in subjects contemporary to 2010 so some adaptation or replacement may be necessary. Not the easiest of material to use for a group, but certainly the Globalisation booklet under review engages bravely and helpfully with huge issues.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Introduction expresses the hope that the studies will 'deepen our understanding of God, His world and our place in His world . . . ' Each session has an opening paragraph which introduces the theme.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Just the one book for all with a short introductory paragraph for leaders. Clear icons to lead through the study. No timings given. Postscript sums up some more issues to engage with. Further reading also suggested. Because these booklets are designed for multi-use including personal study there is a fair amount of text within each session which the leader may want to summarise. Otherwise it could make for a lot of listening or reading, which would make it challenging to keep the pace going. The introductory paragraph is short and followed by thought-provoking questions. These are followed by a Bible passage or texts (not printed out) and contemporary Case studies to discuss and relate together. The session finishes with suggestions and questions for Reflection and Action. Sessions are not identical with some featuring the Case studies as the topic, and others taking the biblical text as the starting point.

    Who could lead it?

    A leader who is confident to take the material and shape it for the use of the group.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Some spaces for notes. The ample text would be good to have for further reference.

    How good is any digital material?

    N/A

    How much prep will I have to do?

    A leader will want to adapt the material for his group, if the group is unlikely to want lots of reading/listening. Otherwise, the topics are presented in a straight-forward way, so easy to follow the progression.

    Is there website support? Links?

    No dedicated website although lots of relevant websites suggested for further research and response.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Lots of discussion of big and challenging global issues is encouraged. Some of the action points are also group-focused rather than just individual. Prayer encouraged.

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

    This resource is largely based around reading and discussion. It would be easy to add in some contemporary examples in a variety of media such as newspapers, video clips etc.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Would need careful use in a group to make the most of the thought-provoking material - but worth it! A creative leader could add in some other media to illustrate the topics.

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

    A strength of this resource, through the very practical Action sections.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Varies from session to session. All material is related to biblical texts, either as a whole passage, or relevant texts.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Material is topic based, so biblical material either leads this or is relevant to it. Main aim is to relate the challenges of the subject to the Bible - what does the Bible say about each challenge? - and vice versa.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Very strong feature of the Globalisation booklet. All the material is related to the Bible, to global challenges, and to the implications for our attitudes and responses in everyday life.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Broadly evangelical.

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

    The focus is on our understanding of and responses to the challenges of globalisation as disciples of Jesus Christ. The material encourages really good engagement with difficult and complex issues.

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

    The material encourages both grappling with very big issues, and also working out practical responses as Christians, both personally and corporately.

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

    Great challenge to relate the whole-earth perspective of the Bible, and its Creator God, to the challenges and problems - as well as the joys - of an inter-connected world. Strong thought-provoking questions.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Very good interrelation between the Bible, global challenges, and the implications for our attitudes and responses in everyday life. Uncomfortably real, without easy answers.

  •  How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    This may feature more in other booklets in the series. Implicit in responding to the challenges of globalisation.

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

    Strong emphasis in this resource, on responding together in very practical ways. Lots of suggestions.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    This is the focus. It is a large subject so the four sessions may well spark a decision to spread the material over more weeks. Connects well with examples that were contemporary at the time the booklet was written - globalisation means that things change quickly, so some of the examples may need replacing. The principles are, sadly, likely to be relevant for a good while. Broad approach to the subject with some very poignant examples.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Good call to 'shine like stars' in the dark places of the world, expressed through vibrant church communities.

     

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