Christian History Made Easy - Complete Kit
Well worth every minute spent in these 12 videos.
Christian History Made Easy (12 DVD Sessions)
Presenter: Dr. Timothy Paul Jones
What happened after Acts 28? One topic a Christian often lacks to study, I must admit, is Christian History. Most Christians cannot name more than five Christian Theologians who had great influence in church history, but can easily name more than five players in the NBA or NFL Hall of Fame.
I greatly appreciated the fact that in these 12 sessions, Dr. Timothy Paul Jones opened and closed with Gospel-centeredness, that it is GodÃ¢ÂÂs will to bring the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to His people.
I have learned how to answer those who ask me about church persecutions by watching one of the videos. I have learned that during the times of persecution in the early church, God opened more doors for Christians to continue their mission in bringing the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
I have read so many books on the Calvinism vs. Arminianism debate that I was not told in any book that Jacob Arminius was asked to defend CalvinÃ¢ÂÂs view on GodÃ¢ÂÂs sovereignty in salvation, but he was defeated before the debate even began because he could not agree with Calvin. I have learned this valuable history lesson from one of these videos. Personally, it is well worth the price for just this information.
Another eye-opener for me is that at one time, the Roman Catholic Church was ruled by three popes. This must be an embarrassing fact for modern Roman Catholics to learn because they believe there is only one pope, who is the shepherd of the Church.
These 12 video sessions last about 30 minutes each, so it is perfect for any small group Bible Study and Sunday School class. You may have heard people say that if there is one thing they could do, they would want to go back and rewrite history. In these 12 DVD sessions, you will want to go and learn from history what God has done for His Church for His glory.
If you want to know what happened after Acts 28, get these 12 DVD sessions and learn for yourself and share them with your church and community group. You wonÃ¢ÂÂt be disappointed; you will be glad you have these DVDs in your library.
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July 26, 2013
Lots of information and easy to follow
Christian History Made Easy is a 12-session DVD-based study series that covers the essentials on Church history. The Complete Kit edition includes the DVDÃ¢ÂÂs, PowerPoint presentation with PDF files, Leader Guide, Participant Guide, and Reference Handbook, making the Complete Kit an excellent choice for both individuals and small groups. The DVD sessions and the teaching sessions combine to make well over 12 hours of study.
The information includes:
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Major events in Church history
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Major characters in Church history
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Major Councils
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ The formation of the Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Churches
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ The Reformation
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ How we got the Bible in English
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ How specific doctrines developed
The 3 DVDÃ¢ÂÂs contain 12 sessions that make up six hours of teaching on Church history. The sessions are taught by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones. Dr. Jones covers the major points really well, showing plenty of visuals. HeÃ¢ÂÂs a good teacher and keeps the pace fairly fast- but not too fast. The sessions are broken up into periods of time, so each one includes a range of a hundred to a few hundred years and the major events that took place in that time frame. For example, the first session ranges from 1 AD to 100 AD.
PowerPoint and PDFÃ¢ÂÂs
The PowerPoint presentation includes 300 slides, which is every slide you need to teach this course. It includes PDF files to support teaching and promoting the class. The files include the Leader Guide, posters, fliers, handouts, a bulletin insert, door hangers, post card, and banners. They mostly look like the DVD or book cover with a small box for your Church information.
The Leader Guide is 95 pages and includes an introduction (which is a summary of the main points), an outline, a glossary of key terms, a list of what to study (including Scripture), Scriptures and terms to get the group to discuss, which video and slides to show the group, a teaching point, a summary, and an ending group discussion. Each point shows how much time to spend for that section. This is a very good teaching guide that gets the teacher prepared in not only the material but also in the teaching role.
The Participant Guide is 127 pages and includes the same introduction, outline, and key terms as the Leader Guide. Next is an explanation of major events with questions to answer- making each session more interactive. Each section ends with a segment called Ã¢ÂÂFamily TimeÃ¢ÂÂ. This section includes four sections within it: Get Together (an assignment for family members), Read Together (Scriptures to read), Learn Together (the main points with supporting Scriptures), and Pray Together (an ending prayer). I like this section because it gives the students something to take home to their families and supports family interaction. I recommend all families get together with some form of devotions and this section provides a good model that works for this course and any Bible study can be adapted to this format.
The Reference Handbook is 224 pages and is filled with color photos, charts, quotes, web links, questions and answers, maps, and facts. It is my favorite book in the kit and is worth buying as a stand-alone book if you donÃ¢ÂÂt buy the kit. It has 12 chapters- one for each session. There is a chart for each chapter that shows important events, names, and terms in that chapter. There is a study guide and activity guide in the back, along with an index. The Reference Handbook is very detailed and colorful.
This is a very good series on Church history. ItÃ¢ÂÂs not too long but still covers the basics. ItÃ¢ÂÂs taught well and has many great supporting materials. This series is not overly doctrinal, but there is some doctrine taught- especially in the study guides (which include the creeds). Like all study material, I caution readers to do their own study of doctrinal points. This is an easy series to follow and has plenty of good quality teaching, visuals, and activities. I highly recommend Christian History Made Easy Complete Kit from Rose Publishing.
Rose Publishing provided this review copy for free. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review.
February 24, 2013