Hendrickson/Rose Publishing does it again with another DVD-based Bible study with their Deeper Connections series. This is the fourth one that I have reviewed and is “The Life of Jesus: 6-Session DVD Bible Study – Deeper Connection Series“. The publisher asked me to take a look at it and write a review sharing my thoughts..
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. I am very happy that Rose Publishing and their new 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.
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**See all sections below for full detailed review**
Rose/Hendrickson has done it yet again with their next installment of The Deeper Connections Series The Life of Jesus DVD-based Bible Studies. I cannot recommend these Deeper Connections Series Bible Studies any higher.
You will experience excellent and sound teaching from the 6 different Bible studies based on the life of Jesus and how the many excellent topics in this study relate 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). Some of the topics covered in this new Deeper Connections Bible Study series includes:
- The Birth of Jesus
- The Baptism of Jesus
- The Temptation of Jesus
- Jesus Calls his Disciples
- Jesus Heals the Sick
- Jesus Casts Out Demons
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: January 1, 2018
ISBN-13 of Item(s) Reviewed: 978-1628624441 (DVD and Leader Guide) and 978-1628624458 (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 Bible Study 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.
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|The Life of Jesus: 6-Session DVD Bible Study
By Rose PublishingThe Life of Jesus DVD study invites you to see the historical truth of key events of Jesus’ life. Unlike other Bible studies available, each session begins in Israel, making it easier to experience and understand the cultural background of key events from Jesus’ life AND is written and taught by biblical experts—six professors with specialized areas of knowledge.Click Here to Download the Free Leader’s GuideSession Titles/Speakers:
Items Included in Bible Study Kit:
- DVD of all six 26 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.
Session 1: Birthday Surprises – Luke 2:1-16 with Dr. Mark Strauss
- Introduction by Margaret Feinberg on site in Israel on the hills of Bethlehem.
- Dr. Mark Strauss goes over the Scriptures of the birth of Jesus and how we all have traditions and surprises.
Session 2: John Prepares the Way – Matt 3:11-17 with Dr. Scott Duvall
- Introduction by Margaret Feinberg on site at the Jordan River at the traditional baptism site many people have visited for many years.
- On site at Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas, Dr. Scott Duvall speaks on disappointment and expectations that we put on our own lives rather than viewing it from God’s plan as he takes a look at the ministry of John the Baptist and Jesus.
Session 3: The Victorious Son of God – Matt 4:1-11 with Dr. Gary Burge
- Introduction by Margaret Feinberg on site in Israel at Jericho at the traditional site of the temptation of Jesus.
- Dr. Gary Burge is downtown Chicago in Millennium Park while he reviews how Jesus was tempted by Satan and challenges us to not be seduced by the environment and culture we live in today..
Session 4: Fishing with the Master – Luke 5:1-11 with Dr. Darrell Bock
- Introduction by Margaret Feinberg on site at the Sea of Galilee.
- Dr. Darrell Bock at Dallas Theological Seminary as he speaks on how Jesus called some of his disciples. He challenges us to leave our selfish priorities and exchange that to living out our lives in connection with God and serving him humbly.
Session 5: Disease Conquered – Matt 9:27-34 with Prof. Susan Hecht
- Introduction by Margaret Feinberg on site at the town of Korazin not too far from the Sea of Galilee.
- On site in Colorado Springs, Professor Susan Hecht speaks on how Jesus is compassionate and how he wants us to come to him with our needs and for him to heal us physically or spiritually. She challenges us to trust his timing on how and when He meets our needs.
Session 6: Defeating the Enemy – Mark 1:21-28 with Dr. Matt Williams
- Introduction by Margaret Feinberg on site at the town of Capernaum on the northern shores of the Sea of Galilee at a second century synagogue.
- Dr. Matt Williams is at the Kay El Bar Dude Ranch in Arizona where he reminds us that we don’t want to ignore the enemy we deal with and how we need to keep on fighting this ongoing battle against Satan and his forces, but how we can share in the final victory over Satan and his demons.
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! Hendrickson/Rose Publishing did yet another excellent job on this new Deeper Connections DVD Bible study!
DVD VIDEO (ISBN: 978-1628624441)
As I mentioned previously in this review, it is based all on the digital content and not the physical content. So, I received links to watch the videos 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 32 minutes in length.
Continuing with the Deeper Connections DVD series, these videos are very professionally done and each session has separate sections to them. Initially, the lesson starts out with an excellent 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 33 pages, 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: 978-1628624458) 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. Rose continues in the Deeper Connections series tradition with excellent design used in this Participant Guide. It really has a good 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!
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 new 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 from both a design and content perspective. 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 PDFs 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: 9.5 – 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 – 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: 9.5 out of 10
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