Life – the journey: for new Christians
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Successfully navigate the journey of the Christian life.
Join Jeff and others as they help you get to know God, make sense of the Bible, find your place in God’s family, the Church, keep going when times are tough and accept the challenge to impact our world.
Over six sessions, Jeff along with various friends – including Adrian Plass and Ishmael – reflects, with a mix of humour and poignancy, on vital aspects of growing in faith.
Six approximately 12-minute sessions:
The DVD includes one personal booklet containing questions, prayers, and 30 days’ worth of notes from Travelling Through Life Every Day for New Christians. (One booklet recommended for each group participant.)
The course is available online from CWR’s store.
Other titles are available in the same Life Journeys series:
For use by adult individuals or small groups of Beginning Christians, and ideal for anyone mentoring a new Christian. Other titles suitable for Growing Christians as well.
DVD (+ 1 booklet) £19.99
Extra booklet £3.50
Smart DVD and small booklet. Contemporary, very inspiring and accessible.
Brief guidelines for using the material in a group setting are given at the beginning of the booklet.
Each session follows the same straight-forward format of DVD, icebreaker, discussion questions and prayer, set out on two pages of the small booklet. The guidelines suggest choosing from the questions from the seven or eight given. Although the sessions are planned to last for between 30 – 45 minutes, they are likely to last longer. The DVD clips are around 13 minutes long, and would provoke discussion anyway, even without the questions. The latter are theme-based and applied.
A leader who is confident to encourage and affirm new Christians, and not afraid to look at some difficult questions if they come up.
It is advised that a booklet is provided for each participant. Not only is the group material within it, but also five days of personal Bible reading notes based on the session theme. These include two readings, a focus verse, notes on the passages written by Lucas, and a prayer.
The DVD consists of 6 engaging clips of Lucas in different locations, meeting and talking to people about each session theme. The interviews are honest and thought-provoking, and cover some of the big themes for new Christians from a personal point of view. Many are particularly inspiring; all are interesting. There's plenty of movement as Lucas travels around the UK in a 1969 Triumph Vitesse, though that does make for some slightly odd shots as he talks to the front windscreen and the camera is shooting from behind his head. The editing is a bit jumpy in places, and it would have been better to have had Lucas always looking at the camera, as he is ‘talking' to the viewer. But that's being picky – the content is very good, imaginative, and relevant to new Christians setting out on the journey themselves.
Watching the DVD and deciding which questions to use would not take too long; it's probably more important to spend time creating a welcoming atmosphere for Christians who are learning how to live ‘walking around with God'.
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Joint experience of watching the DVD and reaction, plus discussion and prayer together.
Good to have the mix of watching and discussing, as well as prayer. It would be good to use this resource with people who are likely to use the personal Bible reading notes in between the sessions.
Great for a wide variety of new Christians. Plenty to chew on without being prescriptive.
The opening guidelines encourage a feedback time where group members can share their experiences during the week of the Bible reading notes, and reactions to the theme.
The group study is based around the DVD clip, which, while not directly using biblical material, is focused on biblically-inspired themes.
The personal Bible reading notes are engaging and lively, and would be a great introduction to this way of studying the Bible.
The notes attempt to enlarge the understanding of the session theme, and apply it to the reader. Good, light overview of salvation history, plus application of the same.
This is big picture stuff; some of the Christian concepts may well be very new to the group. Communicating them via the interviews which Lucas conducts put them into context of everyday life. These are beginner's tools expressed with a depth of experience which many growing Christians would also relate to.
The assumption is that the Christian life is a journey which we are all on; the DVD clips illustrate well that there is always further to go along the road.
The themes of prayer, suffering, conversion, and living as a Christian etc are explored in helpful ways which most viewers would be able to relate to one way or another. For new Christians, seeing those who have been Christians for a while would hopefully be inspiring.
The themes are always set in the context of real life issues, whether personal transformation or reasons for caring for the poor. The session on church perhaps connects too well with the frailty and challenge of church life – would stimulate discussion anyway!
Encouragement to think about this in a natural way, and learn from the start to tell one's own story.
Where relevant to theme, this is included. Some of the interviews illustrate this in a very inspiring way.
Particularly relevant to the final study on purpose for living as a Christian.
Implicit throughout the course, though the focus in more on finding one's own place in the Kingdom of God wherever one is.
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