The Rebel’s Guide to The Good News
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Jesus was a rebel who came to show us an alternative way of living. He came to model the counter-cultural daily rebellion of living out the Scriptures. He came to bring life to our relationship with God, our neighbours and creation. Jesus calls this message Good News. The Good News isn’t just that Jesus died for our sins, it’s much more than that. He saves us not just from something but for something. He saves us to partner with him as movement makers, revolution initiators and planet shakers. His Church is the co-conspirator in the biggest rebellion the world has ever seen, against sin, the world and the devil. How will we share and embody the Good News of the rebel we follow?
Including Bible study, discussion questions and prayer pointers, this six-part short film resource explores how we can be, say and do the gospel, so that others experience the deep and beautiful news that is truly good.
Available from www.essentialchristian.com.
Both versions come with a DVD containing all 6 short films, lasting between 11-15 minutes each. There is also a short booklet with suggestions for leading each session and discussion questions. The youthwork edition contains ideas for icebreakers and response times as well. The sessions are:
It is for committed Christians who want to learn how to live out their faith more fully and actively. The youth version is for Christian teenagers and young adults. Small groups. Beginning and Growing.
Each film is produced to a very high standard, based around a ‘talking head' from Cris Rogers, an author, speaker, pastor and church visionary. The teaching is supplemented by a video story throughout each film.
The aims are pretty straightforward: it wants to help people have more of a lived-out faith.
The leader's notes are brief but clear.
Anyone with experience of leading a discussion and facilitating a group.
The DVD is excellent and compelling viewing.
You need to watch the film before each session and think through how you might answer the discussion questions. If you are using the youth edition, you might want to consider how to use the activities and responses too.
The format is based around watching a short video and then a group discussion.
The films include a mixture of visual storytelling, teaching and stories of how the author has seen the gospel lived out.
It is offered very simply, leaving the structure open to the leader to set.
Very well, it is dependent on group discussion.
Each session is based around several Bible passages, and all the teaching is based on Scripture.
Cris speaks in a contemporary manner - inspiring and challenging.
The main aim is to motivate Christians to live out their faith more and it is successful in this aim.
Open to the Spirit's leading and to being God's hands and feet in our communities.
The resource communicates that faith needs to be lived out and make a difference to those who don't yet know Jesus.
It is very inspiring and will challenge both new Christians and those who have been believers for some time.
It helps participants to see that God is wanting to do much more in our communities than we might imagine.
The films are set in everyday life and focuses on how we can learn to share our faith naturally and intentionally.
This is the main aim of the course.
This resource excels in this area, offering suggestions and practical out-workings of the teaching. There are also stories of how friends of the author have tried to live out their faith in their communities.
This is not addressed explicitly.
This is addressed briefly but is more about sharing our faith wherever we are, whether locally or further afield.
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