i would highly recommend this study. As in all his studies, Ray Vander Laan is an excellent teacher. i utilized this as a summer Bible study, showing "Dust" from the Nooma series at the first session for background. both work together to show us what type of disciples--& maybe even rabbis--we should eventually become. A great encouragement & wonderful background into how disciples were chosen was used to apply to our roles as disciples today. i used the DVD(s) & the guide for discussion points but since it was summer & so many travel, i did not use the discovery guide for the students.
Ray Vander Laan does a terrific job explaining the selection and nurturing of the first disciples by our Lord Jesus Christ. It is also a deeply personal admonishment to Christians today as to what it means to accept and follow Jesus. While we come up short and fail to meet expectations time and time again, He gives us time to continue trying to live and be like Jesus.
My Sunday School class has been watching and studying this entire series and we have thoroughly enjoyed it and have learned so much more than we ever have about Jesus. Seeing the places he actually walked and learning the history of the land and culture of the day brings the bible to life. It's such an incredible series, everyone should see it. My class is is going to be sad when we finish it. Have never seen anything to top this for a class, church or individual to watch and study to learn so much about the bible and biblical times and places.