Friday, October 3, 2014

Review - Your Life With Christ by Rebecca Manley Pippert

LIVE is a 5 session DVD course with participant workbook intended to help new Christians, non-Christians and confused Christians start and mature in the Christian life. This material is part of 3 sequenced courses with the titles LIVE, GROW and KNOW. The sessions on the DVD are downloadable from the web using the key provided in the DVD case. The download is not intuitive, as you must right click on the video stream to ‘save video as’ in order to download it.

A Leader’s Guide (downloadable) is helpful in organizing either a 90 minute or 60 minute class. It gives a good summary of the theme of each session. The session titles are:
  1.       How Do I Know It is Real? (based on John 20:19-31)
  2.       What is the Good News? (based on John 3:1-18)
  3.       Is It Worth IT?  (based on Luke 9:18-36)
  4.       A Time For Commitment? (based on Acts 9:1-19)
  5.       New Life in Christ. (based on John 15:1-13)

About two-thirds of each session is devoted to bible study and discussion. The DVD is shown 3 times during the session, with the suggested sequence as follows
  •          Social Time
  •          DVD - Introduction
  •          Read Historical Context section of guide
  •          Bible Study
  •          Live What You Learn – a series of questions to help you connect with the bible lesson
  •          DVD – Following Jesus – Becky Pippert talks about the main themes
  •          DVD – Real Stories – People sharing the story of how they came to Christ or stories of the Christian life
  •          Praying Together.

The Participant Guide has a section called ‘Going Deeper’ which is a fairly good section for use in between sessions, but not required for the study itself.  The Leader’s Guide would be a lot more useful if it had suggested answers to the questions in the Participant Guide. There are some useful resources for each session listed in the back of the Participant Guide.

I think the course would be useful for the stated participants, but its value will depend a great deal on the discussion leader and his/her ability to answer the questions in the guidebook.

I received this resource for free from The Good Book Company via Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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