Life Builders

LifeBuilder Bible Studies
100 titles to date with a variety of authors, Scripture Union

£3.99 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

A LifeBuilder Bible Study. Studies for individuals or groups.

What do you get and how?

A5 glossy booklets. Titles include specific Biblical books and topics, e.g. Romans, Acts, Isaiah, Nehemiah, Evangelism, Singleness, Spiritual Warfare etc. 45-60 minutes average. Varied number of sessions per booklet e.g. 8, 12, 26. Previously published by SU, now available through IVP.

Who is it for?

Beginning and growing adult Christians

Cost?

£3.99 (a few titles available only from the USA at £4.99). www.scriptureunion.org.uk

Review

  • What is the overall quality of the material?

    Attractive covers, nice layout with some white space. Some font smaller than others.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Purposes included in Leader's notes section. Brief and to the point.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Format: introductory thought and response, then Bible study based on questions, application (Now or Later) and prayer. Comprehensive notes on how to lead a group, and how to lead a LifeBuilder study, are included at the end of the booklet. Also, backup notes and further suggestions for some questions, based on robust theological study.

    Who could lead it?

    Anyone prepared to do the background work could lead.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Suggestions for Individual study and Members of a group study included. Both should be very helpful, if heeded! Space for writing responses, plus thought-provoking additions for individual study.

    How good is any digital material?

    N/A

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Familiarisation with passage and notes essential.

    Is there website support? Links?

    N/A

    Is it dated?

    No.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    All question-based, with encouragement for all to contribute.

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

    Designed for inductive learning. No activities. Mix of reading, discussion and prayer.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Discussion-based, so some groups might need encouragement with this.

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

    Varied, but application is mostly personal rather than group-based, although a leader could easily extend this to group response.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Most of it.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Careful exploration of relevant passages to a topic, or of a biblical book. Some studies longer than others, so some cover more ground than others.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    All studies link the two.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    ‘Scripture Union's long-term vision, which motivates our mission, is for: every Christian - to engage enthusiastically with the Bible and grow in their faith; every church - to be fully equipped to make disciples of children and young people; every community - to have a vital Christian witness to children, young people and families.'

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

    Titles cover a wide range of topics and emphases, although some are more directly targeted at discipleship issues, e.g. Christian Character, Becoming New in Christ, Christian Beliefs, Christian disciplines, Sermon on the Mount, Decision, Following Jesus etc.

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

    Great questions, allowing participants to engage with biblical material for themselves, on a wide range of biblical texts and topics.

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

    Thorough exploration of biblical ideas. Encouragement to think and act.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Introductory thoughts are contemporary, and application to personal situations encouraged.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Dependent on topic.

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

    Dependent on topic.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Dependent on topic.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Dependent on topic.

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