Rose Publishing recently came out with another DVD-based Bible study with their Deeper Connections series. This is the third one that I have reviewed and is “The Forgiveness of Jesus DVD-Based Bible Study – Deeper Connection Series”. I wanted to check it out to see if it is as good as the other two that I have already reviewed.
As with the other reviews for the Deeper Connection series, this review 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 as a separate purchase, a printed Participant’s Guide. The kit is put together very nicely and I’m very happy that Rose Publishing and their current parent company Hendrickson allowed me to check it out so I could do this review. I received electronic copies of the materials, so I cannot speak to the physical quality of what you get with this kit – only the content.
Many years ago, some of the materials from Rose Publishing felt a little cartoonish in design. Don’t get me wrong – they were very good with excellent content. It was just the design on some of their charts and graphics felt a little “Sunday School-ish” if you will. I can honestly say that Rose has really stepped up their game recently and have been putting out some magnificent, high quality materials with fantastic design and quality in mind. These Deeper Connection Series DVD-based Bible Studies are a prime example of that. Keep up the great work, Rose! Also with a new parent company of Hendrickson, I am waiting anxiously to see the direction that will be taken with the materials in the future. They are poised to provide some fantastic materials, so stay tuned… 🙂
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Rose/Hendrickson has done it again with their third installment of The Deeper Connections Series DVD-based Bible Studies. You will experience excellent and sound teaching from the 6 different Bible studies based on the forgiveness of Jesus and how it relates to us today. There are many excellent examples of how we can apply the lessons we learn to our lives. From a content and design perspective, this is put together very well, just like the other Deeper Connection series Bible studies that I have already reviewed. Filmography is excellent. I love how the introductions are filmed with Margaret Feinberg on location in different parts of Israel, helping you to connect with the Scripture. Excellent teachings by Dr. Darrell Bock (Dallas Theological Seminary), Dr. Gary Burge (Wheaton College), Dr. Scott Duvall (Quachita Baptist University), Dr. Susan Hecht (Denver Seminary), Dr. Mark Strauss (Bethel Seminary) and Dr. Matt Williams (Biola University). I can highly recommend this excellent Bible study kit to help you better understand forgiveness and how it applies to our lives.
I received this material from Rose Publishing in exchange for my completely honest review.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BIBLE STUDY:
Type of Item: Complete Bible Study Kit
Publisher: Rose Publishing
Publication Date: June 15, 2017
ISBN-13 of Item(s) Reviewed: 978-1628624403 (DVD and Leader Guide) and 978-1628624410 (Participant Guide)
NOTE: My review covers digital copies of the materials.
Price: At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this book is at Christianbook.com. They have it for $15.99– suggested retail from the publisher is $29.99. Please note that these prices do not include any potential tax or shipping charges.
If you would like to purchase this book, please support my page and purchase by clicking any of the links to Christianbook.com on this page like the one below. If you want to get the Participant Guide (separate purchase from the DVD Bible Study) for $5.99 which normally retails for $9.99, Click Here.
|The Forgiveness Of Jesus 6-Session DVD Bible Study
By Matt Williams / Rose Publishing In this 6-session video Bible study, biblical experts share six events in Jesus’ life that provide a deeper understanding of the reason Christ gave his life on the cross. Six professors with specialized areas of knowledge each emphasize three components: 1) Historical and cultural background; 2) An engaging, close look at the biblical text and its meaning and 3) Accurate, encouraging, and challenging applications of the Bible’s message of forgiveness to life today.The DVD includes all six 30-minute sessions. Each small group member will need a Participant’s Guide (SKU: 624410). The video is paused midway through the lesson and participant are asked to take out their study guide.Note: The Forgiveness of Jesus, is the third DVD in the Deeper Connection series.Rose Publishing Product Code: 4144DV
Items Included in Bible Study Kit:
- DVD of all six 28 to 32-minute video sessions
- Leader Guide (digital copy – downloadable from publisher’s website)—Includes flexible lesson planning for either a 60 or 75 minute Bible study.
NOTE: You can separately purchase the Participant guide which does not come with the Bible Study Kit – 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. To purchase this separate resource, CLICK HERE.
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.
- Introduction by Margaret Feinberg on site in Israel overlooking the Sea of Galilee from the east on the foothills of the Golan Heights.
- On site at the Box Canyon in Arizona, Dr. Matt Williams goes over the Scriptures of the prodigal son, but rather than through the eyes of our modern culture, looking at this account through the eyes of someone from the first century when it actually happened to help us gain a better understanding of this section of Scripture.
Rose Publishing (at least at the time of writing this review) has the first session’s video available on YouTube. You can watch it here to get a really good idea of what blessings you are in for with this series:
Session 2: Two Aspects of Healing: Jesus Forgives the Paralytic – Mark 2:1-12 with Prof. Susan Hecht
- Introduction by Margaret Feinberg on site at Capernaum near the synagogue where Jesus taught and also the home of the mother of Peter where Jesus often stayed.
- Professor Susan Hecht speaks on the healing that God provides, but geared more towards the spiritual healing that He provides for us.
Session 3: Spiritual Sight: Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind – John 9:1-15 and 34-41 with Dr. Gary Burge
- Introduction by Margaret Feinberg on site in Jerusalem at the Pool of Siloam.
- Dr. Gary Burge is downtown Chicago in Millennium Park while he reviews the Scripture where Jesus heals a blind man. Dr. Burge challenges us about how Jesus was willing to not only heal closed eyes, but also to heal closed hearts since blindness of souls are more important that blindness of vision.
Session 4: Hope for Sinners: Jesus’ Dinner Invitation – Matthew 9:9-13 and Matt. 26:21-29 with Dr. Scott Duvall
- Introduction by Margaret Feinberg on site at the Western (Wailing) Wall at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
- Dr. Scott Duvall is in a high school cafeteria as he speaks about how Jesus ate with different people groups to reach out and draw them to God’s love and His grace. Jesus at with sinners and tax collectors drawing much criticism from church leaders for sharing “table fellowship” with them which implies acceptance of these people. Yet Jesus saw these people differently as he saw them as needing transformation by bringing light into their darkness.
Session 5: A Second Chance: Jesus Restores Peter – John 21:1-17 with Dr. Mark Strauss
- Introduction by Margaret Feinberg on site at the Church of Peter’s Primacy on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee which is the traditional site where Jesus restores Peter after he denied Him three times.
- Dr. Mark Strauss speaks on how Jesus reaches down and forgives us when we fail him, but also lights our fire of passion for Him and for a lost world.
Session 6: Released to Forgive: Jesus Heals a Woman on Sabbath – Luke 13:10-17 with Dr. Darrell Bock
- Introduction by Margaret Feinberg on site at the Dead Sea which is the lowest place on earth.
- Dr. Darrell Bock is at the Holocaust Museum where he explains the healing that happened to a woman on the Sabbath which drew controversy by the church leaders at the time. The conflict is an issue of viewpoint – man saw it as rest from work, yet Jesus saw it as rest in Him. It’s a lesson of forgiveness as an opportunity for us to draw on what God has done for us for spiritual healing and also a healing from the legalism that gets in the way of our relating with one another.
BREAKDOWN OF EACH ITEM:
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 and the Deeper Connections: Miracles of Jesus DVD Bible Study Kit, and Deeper Connections: Last Days of Jesus DVD Bible Study Kit this one is equally impressive! Excellent job on this Bible study, Rose Publishing!
DVD VIDEO (ISBN: 978-1628624403)
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 28 to 32 minutes in length.
The videos are very professionally done and each session has separate sections to them. Initially, the lesson starts out with an amazing introduction with Margaret Feinberg that is filmed on location in Israel which helps connect the Scriptures on such a personal level. She really did an excellent job. I honestly love the approach of doing these videos on-site in Israel for two reasons. First because back in late March of 2017, I took a trip with my wife and her mother for a 10-day trip to Israel. I enjoy seeing and reflecting on some of the sites that we saw while there. Second, and more importantly, seeing some of the sites where these events took place many years ago really helps all of us to put Scripture into perspective so we can understand it better and apply it more accurately to our lives. After the introduction with Margaret, the video teachings start off with an audio reading of the pertinent Scriptures (from the NIV Audio Bible) and then the lesson from the teacher where they also direct you to the discussion section within the Leader and Participant Guides where we discuss what we’ve learned and learn how we might be able to apply it to our lives. Some of the videos are broken up during the teaching portion to have discussions throughout the teaching time.
LEADER GUIDE (digital copy included with the DVD)
The kit comes with a digital copy of the Leader Guide that you can print out from the publisher’s website. It is 32 pages (not including the end 6 pages of advertising from the publisher), so it won’t be a huge burden on your 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 the DVD and this leader guide as they walk you through the study step-by-step as a leader, even if they are not an experienced Bible Study leader.
PARTICIPANT GUIDE (ISBN: 978-1628624410) NOTE: THIS IS A SEPARATE PURCHASE FROM THE DVD KIT.
As a separate purchase from the DVD Bible Study Kit, you can get 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 and graphics, 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. It ties in perfectly with this DVD Bible Study Kit and allows for continued reflection during the week when you aren’t meeting for this Bible Study. I would highly recommend you get one (or however many you need for your Bible study group). Very nicely done!
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:
Just like the other Deeper Connections Bible Studies, this third one in the series is also 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 forgiveness of Jesus and how we can apply the lessons to our lives. This is yet another example of how Rose Publishing is using great editing, design and content to create a complete package. Just keep in mind that the Participant Guide is a separate purchase.
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 and has an excellent flow to it. The videos are edited very nicely and 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. While I wish the kit came with a copy of the Participant’s Guide, I do understand why it is a separate purchase – if you’re doing this in a group setting, you will need more than one copy anyway.
Innovation: 9.5 – Just like the other Deeper Connections series Bible studies, the integration in these videos of starting out in Israel for the introduction and then the 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
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