Living and Telling
Agape UK, 2019

£12.75 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Living & Telling is a free-to-download, interactive video course designed to envision, train and equip every Christian to share Jesus naturally, and helpfully, as a way of life.

‘Are you a Christian age 16 to 116? Do you wish you could share your faith in Jesus confidently, naturally and helpful… at college, university, the workplace, with your neighbours…? Then Living & Telling is for you!’

What do you get?

A cornucopia of materials including square A5 personal journal for each group member, Five in Focus prayer card, Knowing God Personally mini-booklets, postcards, THE FOUR wristbands, and free online/ downloadable videos and Leader’s Guide. Online Small Groups Guide and Using Zoom guide.

Sessions:

  1. Starting Right
  2. Your Story
  3. The Holy Spirit
  4. Your Identity and Influence
  5. The Spiritual War
  6. God’s Story
  7. Taking the Initiative
  8. Their Stories
  9. Having a Go
  10. Living and Telling

Most sessions need up to one hour each, with the exception of session 9 which needs two hours.

Who is it for?

Youth, Adult, Growing, Beginning, Small Group

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Well-produced, thorough and inspirational material taking participants on a journey of understanding, motivation and helpful tools to learn how to share their faith.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Each session has a clear explanation at the start. There are checklists for materials and overviews of the structure of the session.

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    26 pages of downloaded Leader’s Guide includes list of everything needed, plus essential handouts in the appendix which can be printed out. While these and the videos are all free, the Journals etc mentioned above are available from the agape uk shop (Covid permitting). One A4 leader’s page per session, with timings, structure based around watching the appropriate video and questions for discussion – questions all on the video with invitation to pause. (No transcript of videos or questions.) Very straight forward and easy to use. Up to you to put in prayer or other elements as you want to. Otherwise, this is a competent, inspiring and thorough course that both grows faith and grows our ability to witness.

    Who could lead it?

    You don’t have to be brilliant at evangelism to lead this course. In some ways, it might be better if you were like many – a bit worried about how to tell people about Jesus. You just need to be willing to learn, and willing to facilitate learning for others – and ready to encourage everyone to have a go.

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    The journal is gorgeous – matt print, great images and lots of white space. Sessions have titles, biblical material printed out and some graphics. Creative and clear, with a variety of fonts reminding us of the questions from the videos. Beautifully done. Then there are the prayers bookmarks, and mini Knowing God Personally mini-book, and app; plus wristbands if you order them. All high quality.

    How good is any digital material?

    Each session is video based with pauses for discussion – questions are only on the video (though some are repeated in the Journal). Talking head or heads with plain background. Each video has a different presenter or presenters, and are all great communicators. No moving parts or different locations. No feedback from course users, or street interviews; focus is entirely on the input on each topic. This works until we get to the nitty gritty of sharing your faith with friends, or strangers, when seeing the ideas and principles put into action would have been very helpful.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Not a lot – this resource is easy to use. But getting to know the material is always essential. Each video is around 15 minutes’ long without the pauses for discussion.

    Is there website support? Links?

    Really good website backup, with all the material you need, plus images and help. Looks innovative and inspiring. Excellent.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Very well indeed, including opportunities to practise both articulating and sharing one’s own faith story together. It would be up to the leader or leaders to add in time for welcome, prayer and feedback from the previous week.

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

    Good mix of video, talking and using one’s own Journal to respond to the sessions in any way you want. There are a limited number of graphics in the Journal; there is a lot of biblical material included, all printed out. It is mainly listening to someone talking, however, on the videos, so bear that in mind.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    This course should suit a wide variety of ages and stages, as it assumes nothing, and starts from the ground up. After all, many of us have not been used to putting our faith stories into words before. No one should have any issue with praying for five people they know. Some may want to adapt the Knowing God Personally booklet/app rather than using it as it is (based on the well-used, tried and Four Spiritual Laws from Navigators of old); but the point is well made that we should always have it or something like it on us at any time to talk about and give to people. No excuses!

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

    This course is presented as a journey all are going on together, and the growth points are very much in the context of working together

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Lots of it – the motivation for ‘Living and Telling’ is firmly biblically based.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    The biblical passages appear on the screen and in the Journal. All the motivation for wanting to share our faith is straight from its pages.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    This course is entirely centred around learning why and how to talk about Jesus in our culture, so the application to everyday life is limited to that. However, as said above, it makes no assumptions, and starts from the beginning. There are some particularly brilliant questions for conversation openers in the Handouts for sessions 6 and 7. There are also some great answers to some of the most common questions and objections to the Christian faith – carefully based on responding sensitively to the individual rather than brow-beating them with clever arguments.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Evangelical.

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

    The basis for understanding what evangelism means is: ‘taking the initiative to talk about Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God.’ There is full recognition that this is impossible without the Holy Spirit. There are some other great memorable quotes – eg ‘God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him (John Piper).’ Extraordinarily grounded yet clear and comprehensive course.

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

    This is a most thorough resource. If undertaken with a bit of faith and enthusiasm, this course could be life changing for many, as it tools them up in three ways to talk about Jesus: it gives them understanding of the biblical imperative to engage in mission; it leads us in practical tools to grow our own faith (e.g. ‘spiritual breathing’ – breathing out our and breathing in ); and helps us take steps towards knowing, articulating and sharing our faith with others.

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

    Taking the leap of trusting the Holy Spirit to lead and bless our attempts to pray for others, and be ready to talk to others in appropriate ways about Jesus is probably the ultimate stretch of faith… Session 8 and 9 give us the opportunity to actually do it, both with those we know, and on the street. (And here is where it would have been great to see on video some examples of how this could work.)

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Again, the issues are centred around our sharing our faith, and how to learn to do that. The emphasis is on love – treating people with grace and wisdom, not pushing them, and listening well to what they have to say.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Can’t fault it there. This is 100% focused on tooling you up to do just that.

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

    This is implicit; but the emphasis is on personal evangelism. There are some suggestions at the end aobut other resources and ways to connect locally.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a focus.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    The last session talks about this, and encourages us to consider if God is calling us to ‘live and tee’ where we are already, or in other countries.

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