Talking Jesus
Roy Crowne, Rachel Jordan-Wolf, Andrew Ollerton, Evangelical Alliance, 2018

£24.99 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

This course will inspire you to share your faith confidently and naturally.

The Talking Jesus course is six practical, video-based teaching sessions with inspirational testimonies and real-life examples from people who are talking Jesus. There are also five short parable-style films designed to get you thinking.

What do you get?

DVD and short course guide book in neat cardboard pack. Six sessions. DVD includes:

Session films

  1. The choir
  2. A beautiful view
  3. A big heart
  4. A best seller
  5. The gospel story
  6. The rescue

Teaching sessions

  1. Everyone talking Jesus
  2. What motivates us?
  3. Living distinctively
  4. Our story
  5. Sharing God’s story
  6. Go on talking Jesus

Trailers

  • Full trailer
  • Teaser trailer

Subtitles optional. Extra course guides needed for each participant, available from £1 each from Hope Publishing.

Who is it for?

Adults, small groups. Growing. Youth.

Cost?

£24.99

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Excellent, carefully thought through and attractive production of both DVD and booklet. Sincere and very helpful attempt to inspire and train Christians to share their faith in the best ways.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Overall aim is to ‘equip Christians to make the most of every opportunity to help friends, colleagues and family members to consider Jesus for themselves and become his followers.’ Brief explanations of icons that lead through the sessions, beginning with the importance of welcoming all. First session includes Roy Crowne introducing the overview of the course.

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    Accessible and clear one-page group session outline, delineated by icons: Welcome; Read (the Bible passage); Watch (the short film of five/eight minutes); React (to the film’s story; Watch (the teaching session of ten/fifteen minutes); Discuss (issues raised, using session note pointers); Reflect (take-home message). Two double-page spreads for each session, in the small and attractive booklet. Icons lead through clearly, with minimum text. Lots of images. Booklet finishes with eight pages of statistics from the recent research that inspired the resource.

    Who could lead it?

    Anyone with even a small interest in learning how to share their story of faith.

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    Each participant needs a copy of the course guide. There are a few dedicated pages for working out how to tell one’s faith story, breaking it down in to very practical steps, and writing it down in fairly structured ways.

    How good is any digital material?

    Beautifully-shot, low-cringe ‘parable’ films, that come over well and should provoke good discussion. Teaching videos are equally accessible, with well-chosen, natural presenters. Set firmly in an innovative mixture of UK backgrounds, covering town and country. Encouraging statistics are exposed, counter to the general negative understanding of attitudes to Christianity. A smattering of graphics in session 5 on the gospel story.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Very little. Familiarisation with the material – watching the videos in advance.

    Is there website support? Links?

    www.talkingjesus.org. More information on the background, inspiration, research etc.

    Is it dated?

    Produced in 2108. Spot on. Should last a good while.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Good, provocative presentations and questions which will enable great discussions. Deeply practical suggestions will also focus interaction on group responses.

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

    Combination of watching videos, reading the Bible passage, discussion and prayer. Left open for lots of engagement with the topics.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Realistic starting place of recognising that many Christians find it difficult to talk about Jesus to those who don’t know him. Followed with a great variety of suggestions for learning how to do it. The progression of how to move from one’s own experience, consider the underlying theology, and share Jesus in loving ways with others is carefully spelled out.

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

    Based on application throughout, with practical suggestions for praying together, supporting each other and learning how to actually talk about our faith stories to at least one of the five people we have chosen to pray for.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Each session is based on a specific Bible passage.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    The relevant passage is read and becomes part of the following discussions. The theology of the gospel is explored both for ourselves, and for sharing with others.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Applied to both motivation for talking Jesus, and how we relate to others within and around this.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Solid conviction that everyone needs to have the opportunity to respond to Jesus as the only way to God.

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

    Encouragement to both relax in being ourselves, and natural about our faith, but also to ‘go and make disciples’ in an intentional way. Opportunity to work out in a non-threatening way how to talk about Jesus. Inspiration through some great real-life stories of those who have encountered Jesus in remarkable ways.

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

    Huge encouragement that talking to others about Jesus is possible and likely to receive positive reactions in at least one in five cases. Challenge to pray for five specific people, and for ourselves. Lots of stories of real people sharing how they share their faith, in lots of different ways.

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

    Great encouragement to engage with what our motivations are for talking about Jesus. How does the love of God for each and every one of us impact our attitudes to the way we love and share the good news of Jesus?

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    A huge range of realistic situations are portrayed, and open for discussion. Lots of practical suggestions for how to relate to people of all ages with your real stories of how God makes a difference. Practical tips for how to begin to tell one’s own story, and God’s story, in authentic ways.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Encompasses a wide range of approaches to evangelism, all biblically-based. Acknowledgment that our lives are often the first or only ‘gospel recommendation’ that many people see. Some great tips for dealing with the fear many feel about inviting people along to Christian-based events.

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

    Session three in particular focuses on this, but it is creative and thought-provoking on this subject throughout.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Recognition that social media has enormous potential for talking Jesus, plus ideas for how to use this effectively.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Implicit anyway, but some reference to sharing the gospel around the world.

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