Transformed by the Holy Spirit

Transformed by the Holy Spirit
Liz Babbs, CWR, 2014

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Go beyond traditional Bible study and, through a popular meditative approach, step into key passages of Scripture from the Old and New Testaments, which illuminate the work and character of the Holy Spirit in exciting new ways. The Holy Spirit is the transforming power of God at work, the Dunamis, igniting our faith and equipping us to grow more like Jesus and make Him known. These six studies, which include key passages from Genesis, Exodus, Luke, Acts and Revelation, will empower individuals as they grow in knowledge of the Holy Spirit. Ideal for both group and individual use, each session includes: Thought starters, Opening and closing prayers, Eye opener sections, Complete Bible readings, Contextual background, Discussion starters, Imaginative meditations.

What do you get and how?

Glossy A5 booklet www.cwr.org.uk. Accompanying material from www.lizbabbs.com. Six sessions:

  1. Created by the Holy Spirit.
  2. Equipped by the Holy Spirit.
  3. Trained by the Holy Spirit.
  4. Empowered by the Holy Spirit.
  5. Transformed by the Holy Spirit.
  6. Revealed by the Holy Spirit.

Accompanying CD available from and to download at www.lizbabbs.com.

Other titles by Babbs also available: Transformed by Jesus, Transformed by Love, Transformed by the Love of the Father (May 2016)

Who is it for?

Adults, Beginners, Growing Christians, small group, personal.

Cost?

£4.99

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Attractive glossy booklet. A creative resource which encourages open-to-God responses to the material, rather than just straight into discussion.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    The stated aim is clear: ‘Not to define the Holy Spirit, but to provide a biblical framework allowing you to grow in awareness and understanding of the Holy Spirit as you reflect on key passages of Scripture in the Old and New Testaments.'

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    One book for all, no separate leader's book. Some leader's notes at the back of the book, focusing in detail on how to make the meditative and creative parts of the study work well. No timings. Icons lead clearly through the study, and the layout is good.

    Who could lead it?

    A leader who is keen to explore the ‘heart and head' emphases of this study. Easy to follow.
    How helpful are the participants' resources? The one booklet is nicely laid out with plenty of space for writing down thoughts, or responses to the questions.

    How good is any digital material?

    Some imaginative material on Babb's YouTube channel or CD. This would make a welcome change to the straight-forward Bible study approach. Accompanying CD available from and to download at www.lizbabbs.com.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    There is a variety of suggestions for additional material to go with the study, such as projected images, and music, or watching Babb's YouTube channel. Otherwise, the studies are very clear and easy to follow and present.

    Is there website support? Links?

    See www.lizbabbs.com.

    Is it dated?

    No.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Discussion, and prayer together, plus opportunities to try listening for the Holy Spirit's gentle promptings together.

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

    Mix of listening, writing, discussing, praying, watching videos or experiencing guided meditations.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    A clear resource that would work well with a range of people. Good opportunities to discuss the Holy Spirit, both from a biblical perspective and gentle experience. Some of the Bible readings are quite long.

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

    Between sessions, participants are encouraged to try the Imaginative Meditations on the Transformed by the Holy Spirit CD available from www.lizbabbs.com. Within sessions, participants are encouraged to try out listening to the Holy Spirit, for ideas or words that may drop into their minds, and share them with the group.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Most of the resource is Bible-based, with introductory thoughts from the author on each topic.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    A creative mix of Meditation, prayer, and more traditional Bible study. Questions for the latter are good.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    The focus is on study and experience of the Holy Spirit, in a way that would be acceptable for most people. The controversy/unpredictability around this member of the Trinity is acknowledged, but the resource looks at the biblical material for answers.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Some will not agree with Babb's reading of the Bible on this issue. But for those who are open to finding out more, this would be a great way to start.

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

    The sessions work from Genesis to Revelation in an attempt to learn about the Holy Spirit's role throughout the Bible. Emphasis is, as stated in the introduction, to encourage both awareness and understanding.

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

    This is an interactive resource which gives participants ample opportunity to engage with the Holy Spirit in a gentle and thoughtful way.

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

    Given that the Holy Spirit is often left out of teaching and practice, this could well be a stretching resource for many people's faith.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Focus is on learning and connecting with the third member of the Trinity.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Session 4 and 5 revolve around Pentecost and Saul's conversion as examples of the life-transforming work of the Holy Spirit that, among other things, sets us off on the path to be witnesses to Jesus.

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

    Not a focus.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Theologically, in that the last session bravely tackles Revelation and eternal plans revealed within it ...

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus.

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