The Gospel of John
Lumo Project, Lion Hudson 2014

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

The Lumo Project is a ground breaking series that revolutionises the way we encounter the story of Jesus and the world of the first-century Palestine in which he lived. Redefining the standard of visual biblical media, each Gospel film brings the actual Bible text to the screen, word for word.

This DVD contains:

  • The Gospel of John with narration options of both the NIV and KJV translations
  • Addional features: filming the Gospel, Anatomy of a scene, Subtitles (NIV)
  • A short guide to the Gospel of John with questions for reflection or discussion

What do you get and how?

This is a single DVD which has actors re-enacting the whole of The Gospel of John, with a narrator reading word for word from either the NIV or King James versions of the Bible. The NIV is narrated by David Harewood (famous for The Night Manager, Homeland and Robin Hood). The KJV is narrated by Brian Cox (War and Peace, Red and Deadwood). It is available from www.lumoproject.com. It is also available on Netflix and iTunes.

The DVD comes with a six part study guide for small group or personal use. It contains brief commentary and discussion questions. This guide is written by Rev Martin Booth.

Also available are the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Who is it for?

Anyone who wants to connect with the Gospel in a visual way. It would be excellent to use in place of the traditional reading in a service (especially for all age or youth) and would be good to use in youth groups.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    The filming is superb, authentic and faithful to the text. The producers have been careful not to embellish nor to alter the narrative and script of the gospel. It is professionally done and acted well.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    The film can be used in a variety of ways. It can be played in one go (all two hours forty minutes of it) or can be played in six smaller sections, lasting approximately 25 minutes each. It can also be used to show a short, specific clip in a church service or youth group.

    The study guide enables you to connect with the whole book in 6 sessions and are titled: Life (John 1-4), Who is Jesus? (5-7), The I Am Sayings (8-10), The Signs (11-13), Glory (14-18) and Love (19-21).

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    There are no leader's notes. Each session of the study guide is a single page which has some commentary followed by three discussion questions.

    Who could lead it?

    Anyone with a DVD player.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    n/a

    How good is any digital material?

    The film is of a very high standard.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    All that is required is to set up the means to play the film. If using a clip, it is not straightforward to find the chapter needed. It would have been helpful if the DVD chapters matched the Bible chapters but this is sadly not the case.

    Is there website support? Links?

    www.lumoproject.com

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    The purpose is to study the Gospel of John.

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

    It is really just a movie portrayal of John's Gospel.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    If you wish to refer to this book, it can bring it to life in a fresh way.

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

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  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    It is word for word from either the NIV or NJV of The Bible.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Whilst a few scenes will perhaps not be as the viewer imagined, it is well done and faithful to the text.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

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    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    It is word for word John's Gospel.

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

    To watch/hear the whole of John's Gospel in six sessions is a great way to develop disciples.

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

    The Scripture will enable people to grow in faith.

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

    The interesting thing about seeing the Gospel is that it allows you to connect with it in a new, fresh way. As a result, our understanding of God grows.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    The discussion questions enable the users to relate the Scripture to today's environment.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    This is not explicitly explored.

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

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    How well does it connect with global issues?

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    How well does it encourage global mission?

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