Totally Transformed
Tim Hawkins, 2010, The Good Book Company

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

If you’ve become a Christian, it means God has made you to be a brand new person, and he’s designed a new, different and exciting life for you to lead. He has totally transformed you.

The 8 studies in this book will help you work out what it means to be a brand new person in Christ.

You will discover that the new life God calls us to is not just a list of rules and regulations on how to behave on sex, drink, speech and parents.

It starts where the Bible starts: with understanding what God is doing in us by His Holy Spirit, and how the new life he gives us will Totally Transform us for all eternity.

What do you get?

The Bible Study guide is a 40 page booklet, designed to be given out to each participant. There is a short five page leader’s guide at the back of the booklet.

There is also an accompanying 176 page book, which leaders might find helpful for giving some background information on the material in the course, for £7.99.

The course is available from The Good Book Company https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/totally-transformed-bible-study

Who is it for?

It is aimed at Christian young people, probably best used with teenagers rather than younger.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    The booklets are well presented and designed to be appealing to the target audience.

     How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    The course is based around 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” It explores how Christians should lead a totally transformed life, with specific sessions looking at speech, fun, submission to parents, sex and mission. The leader's guide has a brief aim for each session to help leaders prepare.

     How accessible are the leader's notes?

    The notes are very brief. The Bible study is designed to be worked through as is, with the participants.

     Who could lead it?

    It would need to be led by experienced youth leaders as there is plenty of potential for some searching or difficult questions to arise from some of the sessions, which the leader's guide gives little advice on how to handle.

     How helpful are the participants' resources?

    The participants' guides are important for the course to work well.

     How good is any digital material?

    n/a

     How much prep will I have to do?

    The sessions are written in a simple to follow format but there are no activities or icebreakers so, depending on your group, you might need to do some additional work to make the sessions into an engaging youth group meeting. The leader will need to take time to work out their answers for all the questions as well. This resource would well with a small, committed Bible study group or cell group.

     Is there website support? Links

    n/a

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    The material is designed to be used in a group setting and to learn and discuss discoveries and questions together.

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

    The material is a mix of tables to fill in and answering questions. Some young people may struggle with this more intellectual approach to learning.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    The leader's guide suggests that some sections can be missed out but it would probably disturb the content of the session. Sessions are probably best run as presented. The best way to adapt would be in the leader's responses to the participants' questions.

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

    For the material to work well it is necessary for people to work together in sharing their findings and experiences. 

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Each session is based on one or two key verses and there is a specific memory verse to be learnt each time. The sessions have lots of verses to look up, which is great for those young people who are used to their Bibles, others may find this a bit overwhelming or intimidating with all the page finding.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Much of the time the Bible verses are given as answers to different questions and the participants have to read the verses and consider how the verses answer the question.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    The sessions help the participants to consider how they should lead completely different lives to those who aren't Christians and use the Bible verses to set the direction for their new lifestyle.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No.

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

    The course is strong in this area as it helps participants to think through how following Jesus impacts different areas of their lives.

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

    Anyone who engages with this course will grow in their faith and there are opportunities for those who have not yet made a commitment to consider where they are in their understanding of God.

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

    It helps the participants to see how God has a better way of living for them.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    The sessions help participants to think about how they live day by day as a Christian young person.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    The last session is all about how to share your faith and to be getting alongside non Christian friends.

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

    This is not covered.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    This is not covered by this course.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    This is not covered by the course.

     

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