What’s So Amazing About Grace?
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It’s one thing to talk about grace; it’s another to taste its power.
What’s So Amazing about Grace? Small Group Edition DVD takes your group through gut-level encounters with radical, life-changing grace. Through candid video interviews, Philip Yancey integrates true-life faces and experiences with ten powerful session that will rock your preconceptions, get your group thinking and talking, and help you discover together why grace is more amazing than you’ve ever dreamed.
DVD including Leader’s Guide and Participant’s Guide, large A5 format, available separately. Ten sessions:
60 minutes per session. Help for leaders included, plus information about other Zondervan products for small groups. Deals head-on with difficult topics such as forgiveness, racism, attitudes to homosexuality, legalism, politics. Yancey’s book of the same title is also recommended.
Adults, Beginners, Growing Christians
DVD: various prices, but around £12.00, Participant’s Guide £12.99 from www.amazon.co.uk
Good quality DVD and books.
Very clear, including in the Participant's book which has summaries at the end of each session.
Clear and helpful. DVD contains 5 minute preparation for leaders, right down to the need for pens and Bibles; plus an 8 minute inspirational talk on ‘Leading a successful small group'. Each session works around an introductory thought, video presentation and closing remarks which are clearly indicated on the DVD. Detailed timings are given in the Leader's Guide but flexibility encouraged. Some of the group material is only in the Participant's Guide, but this is titled on the DVD with page numbers throughout.
The material is easy to use, but the subject is huge, and demanding. Not to be taken lightly, so a leader would need to be confident enough to deal with anything that might come up. Some of the powerful examples of grace given may well stir up reactions in the group. This is a carefully produced resource which deals with gritty reality. It should be embraced for exactly that reason, but a leader with sensitivity would be best.
Clear and attractive books with plenty of room for making notes, both on the DVD input and the outcome of discussions. Excellent, targeted questions which should be relevant to most people, exploring the subject of grace from theoretical and applied angles. Quotes from the DVD and extra stories included, plus suggestions for further reading in Yancey's book.
Clear progressions through each section of input. Mix of Yancey talking against warm, relaxed background, and interviews with others who have grace stories to tell. Subsection titles guiding the way through. Powerful human stories included.
Strongly recommended that each session is previewed first. Reading the relevant chapters in the original book by Yancey What's So Amazing About Grace? Is suggested as well, though not essential.
Not directly, though author Yancey has a website which explores the subjects www.philipyancey.com
Very good interaction with mix of listening and discussing some potentially very challenging questions – the subject material of offering and receiving grace and forgiveness affects everyone.
Good mix of DVD watching, discussion and Bible study.
See notes on Who could lead it. For most groups, this would be a challenging and really interesting resource. For those individuals who have significant damage in their history or lives, this could be liberating, if handled well within the group. Even though it is designed for reading and note-taking, it could be lead by just using the DVD, with a leader picking out questions. American background and examples are included, but situations are well known and principles transferable.
The thoughtful questions should get everyone working out how the subject applies to them, together. Each session also has notes and questions to work through at home.
33% directly as Bible study on the subjects.
All based on a biblical understanding of grace and forgiveness, with each session's Bible study a main focus for this.
Implicitly and explicitly. This is all about everyday life. Deeply challenging and inspiring. Yancey does not let us off the hook, but his approach is honest and gentle. Indeed – he comes at his subject with grace.
Yancey describes his theology as evangelical but this resource should have broad appeal, and challenge those on all sides of Christian divides.
Full acknowledgement that grace is a hard and ‘unnatural' impulse, and that both grace and forgiveness can take years of work. But plenty of inspiration that it is not only worth it, but a reflection of how God treats us and an imperative for the Christian life. Really good practical advice on learning how to forgive.
Examples from Bible and interviews make this a very practical resource. The questions are designed to help participants engage with the journey towards a new understanding of the power of grace.
All based on a biblical understanding of grace and forgiveness, with an emphasis how counter-cultural it is to offer either. Yancey believes that grace is the key to the future of the church.
Brilliantly. This resource tackles some of the deepest questions of human relationships and attitudes. Very realistic.
Not a specific focus, but living as grace-giving people is a reflection of how Jesus lived. It is argued that grace is so unusual, it gets attention.
Mostly tackled through session 9 which focuses on politics and grace. But treating people with radical grace is the theme throughout.
Big issues such as forgiveness, racism, attitudes to homosexuality are tackled, all from the standpoint of offering grace. Examples and stories used come from all around the world.
Not a focus, but has a global perspective on the subjects tackled.