The Course of Your Life: A Personal Revolution
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God’s word teaches us that all Christians are involved in God’s great work in the world. We are all not only disciples of Jesus Christ, but also disciple-makers – each in our own way, according to our circumstances, opportunities and gifts. If this is the case, how can we teach and train Christians to catch this captivating vision of being a disciple-making disciple in every aspect of our lives? The Course of Your Life aims to do just that: to revolutionize people’s understanding of who God is, what he has done in Christ, what his extraordinary plans are for the work, and how that relates to each of our lives. Ultimately, this course is a biblical framework to help you fire people with a new love and joy and enthusiasm for serving Christ as disciple-making disciples, through God’s word and prayer.
Leader’s Guide, Workbook and DVD (latter is not essential but ‘highly recommended’). 9 sessions. 90 minutes each. Weekend away (‘The Intensive’). 10 one-to-one meetings in pairs to read the Bible (Colossians), for the duration of the course.
£30.99 for bundle including DVD, leader’s guide. Workbooks available for £4.50 from www.thegoodbook.co.uk
Attractive and well-produced matt large A5 format paperbacks.
Clear and thorough, spelt out in introduction, and in detail at the start of each chapter.
Thorough introduction including a variety of suggestions as to the best use of the material, with emphasis on bedding it in to your group or church, rather that rushing through it as another cure-all course. Guide contains ‘all the material in the workbook, plus notes and scripts for the leader in blue.' Option as to whether to use video input or do own teaching. Mix of video/teaching, Bible study on relevant passages, discussion; timings given. Space for notes. ‘Intensive' teaching (for weekend away) and one-to-one meeting notes included. A significant course aimed at helping people to realign their lives with God's agenda: bringing transformation to the Christian, and motivation to reach out to help others along the way. Covers foundation of salvation history, Christian discipleship, plus implications. Extensive, thorough and clear.
Designed as a whole-church course, to be run through small groups, so church leaders to lead. However, a small group within a church could run most of it for themselves, with a confident leader.
Workbook with subtitles, some main points and illustrations, Bible passages for study in the group time and the ‘Intensive' with plenty of space for writing notes. Complete notes for one-to-one meetings to study Colossians, with a variety of ideas for Bible study. Clear and easy to use.
Clear and thorough teaching from Tony Payne, sitting in various domestic locations.
Depending on how you use this course, preparation could include a significant amount of reading, and grasping the material; plus preparing your congregation, publicity, etc. Encouragement to make prayer a priority.
Downloadable publicity, course promo, samples of videos: www.matthiasmedia.com/courseofyourlife
Great questions on biblical material, and on implications. Different styles of engagement with material, most in groups.
Different styles of engagement with material, most in groups. One-to-ones. Weekend ‘Intensive'. Mix of watching, listening, reading and discussing. Social interaction around these encouraged. A challenging course with lots to think about, read and commit to.
Flexibility as to timing and use, appropriate to situation. Leader's grasp of material essential, plus enthusiasm. A challenging course with lots to think about, read and commit to.
Emphasis on working together because it is biblical to do so. One-to-ones back up the group work and discussions, and are a detailed study and application of Colossians. Aim is to allow word of God to change ‘hearts and heads' towards Christian maturity.
Most of it.
Video/ teaching script firmly based on biblical material. Lots of Bible study, some in a variety of ways, as well as more traditional question-and-answer. Overview of rationale for Christian conversion, and life as a disciple-maker. Huge canvas.
Spells out why it is life-transforming to be a disciple. Aims to change people's lives. ‘Intensive' includes section on biblical attitudes to work and church.
A significant course aimed at helping people to realign their lives with God's agenda: bringing transformation to the Christian, and motivation to reach out to help others along the way.
Lots of good questions, and interaction with Bible and others to grow faith. One-to-one Bible study could be a great enabler. Lots of material to engage with. Big perspective.
Biblical framework, and clearly spelt out encouragement to ditch one's own agenda for life and let God write a new one. Broad and deep approach.
Focus on how to grow as a disciple, and how to help others to grow, no matter where they are now. Examples given are rooted in real life.
Gives both reason and ideas for this, in helping people to move one step towards or along the discipleship path, both inside and outside the church.
Engages with people in order to encourage them towards discipleship.
Not a focus apart from the implications of living as a maturing disciple.