Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Intersect by Rob Peabody and Cris Rogers


by Rob Peabody and Cris Rogers 

5-week small group DVD resource

Welcome to Intersect; a resource designed to help you start spiritual conversations with your small group, your friends, or people who don't yet know Jesus.
Intersect uses the creative medium of video storytelling to start and  facilitate discussions about where your story and God's story converge. We can all relate to stories, as we all have our own stories. Some of them are joyous and easy to share with the world. Others are difficult and remind us of times that we sometimes wish we could simply forget. But nonetheless, we all have beautiful lives that are marked by events, situations, and circumstances that have shaped us uniquely into who we are today.
The stories you will watch chronicle choices that are made when individuals find themselves in the middle of hard times. All human beings have the propensity to go through situations that are trying, and the Bible even teaches that finding ourselves in these times will be a part of all our journeys. It is how we respond to these times that helps define our lives and develop our characters.
Each story and its related discussion questions takes a look at an issue that we are all likely to experience at some point. Together you and your group can explore your responses to: expectations, rest, disappointment, trust and control. We hope that each person will identify with each story and theme, will connect with the choices that were made in the video story, and explore how that specific situation intersects with their own life.
Intersect also aims for you to find inspiration in how, in each story, the opportunity is there to turn to God for help. We believe that the Bible is a guide, telling the story of how we were created to live. We hope you and your group will connect with the Bible passages and realize their truth and usefulness for application in your life. This is where your stories will intersect with God's story.
Intersect is a useful tool for those in the church to use as they seek to engage those outside of it with the love and message of Jesus. Starting spiritual conversations in this context can feel intimidating, but this resource can be easily shared with friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members. The video stories give platform to meaningful conversation, and the questions lead the way through the topic.
Intersect is for followers of Jesus too. Our hope is that through these stories your faith and understanding will grow, and you will discover where your story and God's story converge.
 Grow your faith with a 5-week DVD resource from @AwakenRob and @RabbiRogers. Perfect for small groups! Review it:

 Meet the Author

Rob is the Co-Founder and International Director of Awaken, a non-profit charity that exists to resource the church for action. Awaken creates resources that inspire, educate, and equip local churches to live as Kingdom-bringers in their communities. In 2011, Rob and his wife, Medea, along with their two boys left his position as a lead campus pastor at a mega-church in Texas to pioneer and lead fresh expressions of church seeking to engage unreached 20-30's in northeast London. His latest book, Citizen, was released in Autumn 2014.

CRIS ROGERS @RabbiRogers

Cris is a writer, pastor, speaker and church visionary. In 2010, Cris planted a church in the poorest area of London with a dream for it to be an explosion of joy within the tower block estate in which he works.

Here is my review of this video resource:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Rob Peabody and Cris Rogers and their publisher for sending me a copy of "Intersect" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

'Intersect' by Rob Peabody and Cris Rogers is a five-video series designed to train Christians how to engage non-believers in conversation about Christ.  Each video is only a few minutes in length.  The DVD booklet contains preparatory questions to answer prior to watching the video.  Then there is a Scripture reading and more questions for after the video.  Each of the five topics (Expectations, Rest, Disappointment, Trust, and Control) is pertinent and encountered daily in the world today.

The British flavor made me feel disconnected at first, but I quickly became aware that man’s troubles are universal regardless of accent.  I appreciated the transparency of the speakers.  The videos made me re-think how I treat people and reminded me how to love others into Christ’s kingdom.  Overall, this is a valuable resource for individuals and small groups alike.  My only criticism after a first viewing is one of the teachers was talking about Job and said that Job lost his wife – which he did not according to Scripture.  For me personally, this is not a deal-breaker for using the DVD because I’m a firm believer in being like the Bereans and testing what my leaders say against the Bible.  But I also know that many people don’t do that, and I think such a mistake might undermine confidence in the resource.

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