This is one item from Rose Publishing that I have had my eye on for a little while now. I have wanted to check it out and do a review so I could let you know how it is put together. This review will be slightly different as I will be covering the different items included since this is the complete kit that I am reviewing. It includes a DVD, a downloadable Leader’s Guide and a printed Participant’s Guide. The kit is put together very nicely and I’m very happy that Rose Publishing allowed me to check it out so I could do this review.
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I was excited to be able to review this particular Bible study from Rose Publishing. To see the site locations that pertain to the miracles and where Jesus walked helped dramatically to put Scripture into perspective. Then to have the very gifted teachings on the miracles and how we can apply the lessons we learn from these miracles to our lives is excellent to say the least. You won’t go wrong with purchasing this excellent Bible study kit. Here is a great promo video that they put together for the DVD Bible study: https://vimeo.com/166562680
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BIBLE STUDY:
Type of Item: Complete Bible Study Kit
Publisher: Rose Publishing
Publication Date: June 16, 2016
ISBN-13 of Item Reviewed: 978-1628624397 (my review covers digital copies of the –materials
Price: At the time of writing this, you can get new from Rose Publishing for $38.98. You can also purchase the participant guide separately as well from their website
Items Included in Bible Study Kit:
- DVD of all six 26-36-minute sessions
- Leader Guide (digital copy)—Includes flexible lesson planning for either a 60 or 75 minute Bible study.
- Participant Guide (printed) with discussion and application questions, key terms and definitions, session outlines for following along and note-taking, and additional material for further learning
SESSIONS INCLUDED IN THIS BIBLE STUDY:
This Bible Study kit is broken out into 6 separate sessions that are covered in the DVD, Participant Guide and Leader Guide.
Session 1: The Clean Daughter (A Bleeding Woman – Mark 5:21-34) with Dr. Gary Burge
- Dr. Gary Burge shows how this miracle of the healing of the woman with the issue of blood and also Jairus’ daughter. Very insightful and powerful teaching.
Session 2: The Heartbeat of God (Water to Wine – John 2:1-11) with Dr. Matt Williams
- I loved understanding the cultural importance of this miracle and Dr. Matt Williams does an excellent job expositing this miracle so we can apply it to our lives.
Session 3: Knowing the King (Feeding the 5,000 / Walking on Water – Matt. 14:15-33) with Dr. Michael Wilkins
- Dive into these miracles with Dr. Michael Wilkins to learn more about Christ and how many misunderstood these miracles.
Session 4: A Faith-full Outsider (A Canaanite Woman – Matt. 15:21-28) with Dr. Ben Witherington III
- Cultural background and Biblical context are combined by Dr. Ben Witherington, giving us a deeper understanding of the Canaanite woman and the miracle of her daughter’s deliverance from demons.
Session 5: Fruitless Lives (The Cursing of the Fig Tree – Mark 11:12-21) with Dr. David Garland
- Often we relate the events and miracles of Jesus as separate events that are not related to each other. Dr. David Garland dives into the cursing of the fig tree in relation to Jesus overturning the Temple tables and how the two relate to each other. Very fascinating.
Session 6: Grateful Outcasts (Ten Lepers – Luke 17:11-19) with Dr. Mark Strauss
- Reaching out to the downtrodden in our current time is something that each of us can likely improve upon. Dr. Mark Strauss looks at the healing of the ten lepers, challenging us to reach the outcast people in our society.
BREAKDOWN OF EACH ITEM INCLUDED IN KIT:
One thing that I want to point out is how each of the items included in the kit all have a similar feel in the design and layout making it feel like a very well thought out kit. Similar to the How We Got the Bible DVD Bible Study Kit, this one is equally impressive! Nice job, Rose Publishing! Also, I have included the individual ISBN numbers that I had handy for the individual items included in the complete kit in case you would like to order them individually for any reason.
DVD VIDEO (ISBN: 978-1628624304)
As I mentioned previously in this review, it is based all on the digital content and not the physical content. So, I received electronic video files from Rose Publishing to watch each of the sessions included in the DVD that comes with the kit. The videos range from around 26 to 36 minutes in length.
The videos are very professionally done and each session has separate sections to them. Initially, the lesson starts out with a brief, but amazing introduction with Jarrett Stevens that is filmed on location in Israel. I honestly love this approach for two reasons. First because I will be taking a trip with my wife and her mother in 2017 for a 10-day trip to Israel. I enjoy seeing some of the sites ahead of time. Second, and more importantly, seeing some of the sites where these events took place many years ago really helps us to put Scripture into perspective so we can understand it better and apply it more accurately to our lives. After the introduction, there are three video teachings starting off with “Connecting to the Bible”, then “Going Deeper” and finally, “Connecting the Bible to Life” where we review how to apply what we’ve learned.
Some people have made comments about the filming style that was utilized in filming these videos. The style is more and more common these days where the speaker is looking off camera – almost like they are talking to an interviewer that is sitting to the side of the camera. I don’t mind it if it is used a little here and there, but it’s not a style I prefer when used in a majority of the video. With that said, I was not going to let that deter me from learning from the lesson, so I just accepted it as is. The content COMPLETELY makes up for this filming style preference that I (and some others) personally have.
LEADER GUIDE (ISBN: 978-1628624359)
The kit comes with a digital copy of the Leader Guide that you can print out. It is about 33 pages, so it was not a huge burden on my printer.. My review is based on the digital copy that I received from Rose Publishing. Each of the six sessions has very helpful ideas for group leaders on how to prepare, setup and conduct the Bible study meetings, Tips for preparation for before the meeting, how to open the session, and so much more. Clear instructions are vital in my opinion and Rose did a very nice job accomplishing just that. The leader/facilitator should have no issues running a Bible study using these materials and this leader guide.
PARTICIPANT GUIDE (ISBN: 978-1628624311)
The kit comes with a physical copy of the 144 page Participant Guide. My review, however, is based on the digital copy that I received from Rose Publishing. I really do appreciate the design efforts that are used in this Participant Guide. It really has an excellent use of maps, call-out boxes, quotes, space for writing your thoughts, ideas and notes.. Not just in the content for the actual meeting and viewing of the particular DVD session, but the fact that they included 5 days of personal reflection that ties into the Bible study to do during the days between the session meetings that help support the sessions. Very nicely done!
This kit comes with one copy of the Participant Guide, but you can get additional printed copies from Rose Publishing, or you can get a digital download and print up to 20 copies on your own if you desire.
OK, this is the part where I get to tell you about how I like or dislike this Bible Study Kit in a detailed manner.
MY OVERVIEW OF ENTIRE BIBLE STUDY KIT:
Ease of Use:
This Bible Study is put together very well. Each of the resources that I was able to review really tie in so well with each other. As always (in my experience), Rose Publishing really did a great job putting together this Bible study on the miracles of Jesus and how we can apply the lessons to our lives.
MY CHRISTIAN REVIEWER RATINGS:
Below, we have the overall ratings that I would give to this particular Bible Study kit with a 1 to 10 range.
Quality: N/A – Typically when I rate Bibles and books, this Quality section is based on the physical quality and/or durability of the physical copy. Since I cannot attest to this due to reviewing PDF and video files, I am actually going to leave this one as “n/a” or Not Applicable. Once I end up with a hard copy in my hands, I will update this rating accordingly. For now, I will not factor it into my overall final rating, but if we were to talk about content and quality of the video portion, I would rate it pretty high (mid 9’s).
Appearance: 9.2 – Overall, the appearance and design of the content is very good. The videos are edited very nicely but as I mentioned, I’m not a huge fan of overuse of the “off-camera looking speaker” film style that is being used these days. Don’t let that deter you, though as the content is excellent! The “print” materials are nicely designed and have a similar feel and approach. Nicely done.
Value: 9.6 – I wish I had the physical copy of this book so I could more accurately represent this rating. So, with that said, I am going to base this strictly on content and not physical properties. As for the content alone, I would rate this very high. Rose really did a great job on this Bible study kit and it is well worth the money.
Innovation: 9.5 – The integration in the videos of starting out in Israel for the introduction and then the 3 teaching lessons, ultimately ending up with application, in my mind is outstanding. The flow of this approach really helps the viewer to solidify the Word of the Lord in our minds and in our hearts. Excellent concept, Rose!.
Other/Wildcard: N/A – No real wildcards to speak of.
Overall Rating: 9.4 out of 10
From the publisher’s website: Rose Bible Reference resources help believers to love God by deepening their understanding of who God is. Packed with charts, time lines, and simple summaries, Rose products are designed to make the Bible and its teachings easy to understand. Our prayer is that as readers continue to dive into the Word of God their love for the Lord will deepen as they gain understanding. Rose Publishing is based in Torrance, CA.
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