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5 Stars Out Of 5
Excellent DVD For Both Individual and Group Studie
January 2, 2013
Keller's Gospel in Life DVD contains eight sessions with each session being approximately 11 minutes long. The sessions focus on city life, our hearts, idols, communities, witnessing, work, justice, and eternity. Although the sessions are short, there is much to reflect on, discuss, pray about, and share with others. Tim Keller is brilliant and knows how to speak to people of all walks of life. I highly recommend the DVD for both individual or group studies.
Session one is called City: The World That is. I prefer living out in the sticks, but God has called me to live in one of the biggest cities in the world. It is a city that has millions of people who don't know the gospel, but my identity in Christ has only grown. We do not have to remove ourselves from the city or resemble it, we need to serve and love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:30-31).
Session two is called Heart: Three Ways to Live. This session focuses on the popular parable found at Luke 15:11-32, The Prodigal of the Lost Son. If you have read Keller's book, The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith, much of the material found here will be familiar to you. Despite that, we can listen to this message a million times.
Session three is called Idolatry: The Sin Beneath the Sin. What is your worst nightmare? If something was taken away from you and you believe you could no longer go on living without it, that is your god. That is your idol. You feel it justifies your life and gives your life worth and value. We must rejoice and rest in the Jesus' atoning work on the cross so your idols can be replaced
Session four is called Community: The Context for Change. I am so thankful for the community I live in. Meeting with others here helps me to know God at a deeper level. Like Jesus, we are distinct from those around us, but we interact with everyone in service to Him. We are called as a community to respond to the glory of God in every aspect of our lives.
Session five is called Witness: An Alternate City. We are to be a city on the hill (Matthew 5:14). Our lives should shine in a way that points others to Him. What do our lives say to others about what we believe? Do we behave like the world or have we been transformed by the gospel? We need to be gospel-speaking, neighbor-loving, and community-transformed people.
Session six is called Work: Cultivating the Garden. The Bible is a single true story that shares God's perfect plan for the world. God's plan is to establish His Kingdom for His glory. The gospel is the means through which the Kingdom of God is advancing, therefore it should penetrate everything including our work. God is our boss so work for Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Session seven is called Justice: A People for Others. Jesus Christ identified with the poor and the oppressed so we must do the same. When we know the peace of Christ, we will want to share it with all people, not just those we are like. We will share the gospel humbly and seek justice because we have experienced the grace of God.
Session eight is called Eternity: The World That is to Come. Keller takes us to the Book of Revelation and begins talking about the Tree of Life in the New Jerusalem - the home that God is preparing for those who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are reminded of a vision of renewed culture, restored shalom, and remarkable spiritual intimacy. I am looking forward to that final chapter.
Tim Keller is a true gem in the search of holiness. This study has really made our Community Group take stock of our individual and group behaviors and why we do what we do. I would highly recommend this study to anyone who is serious about their walk with Christ.
Gospel in Life; Grace Changes Everything is a DVD with 8 films, 10-12 minutes each, and a video trailer. Each film is a session course on the Gospel and how it is to be lived out, in all of lifefirst in your heart, then in your community, and then lastly out into the world.The following are the eight sessions:1.) City: The World that Is2.) Heart: Three Ways To Live3.) Idolatry: The Sin Beneath The Sin4.) Community: The Context For Change5.) Witness: An Aleternate City6.) Work: Cultivating The Garden7.) Eternity: The World That Is To ComeNew York Times bestselling author, Timothy Keller, does a wonderful job of presenting these sessions for you to watch. The first session opens the course with the theme of the city: your home now, the world that is, and he ends it with the eighth and last session, themed, the eternal city: your heavenly home. In the session in between, you will discover how the Gospel will change your heart, community, and how one lives in the world. You will learn a lot from these short film sessions. My favorite one was in session number four on Community: The context For Change. These short films are great for individual studies, or small group Bible study sessions. I highly recommend these for especially young people, the youth today, growing up in Christ. They are our future, our leaders of tomorrow! As per FTC Guidelines, I must state that this DVD, The Gospel In Life; Grace Changes Everything, was given to me in exchange for my review from Zondervan Publishers. My opinions are expressly my own and are in no way ever made positively or negatively, due to receiving the DVD for review.