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I learn something new with every study in this series!
September 4, 2014
I've been a student of the Bible and Christian for over 25 years and I learn something new with every lesson in this wonderful series by Ray Vander Laan!! This series brings such insight into the culture and times in which Scripture was written that it not only helps expand my understanding of the Word, but brings the Word alive in a new and refreshing way!! I first discovered this series in a Bible study when we studied "Fire on the Mountain", after that I was hooked. I've since gone back to the first of the lessons in this series and have thoroughly enjoyed each subsequent lesson! I highly recommend this study to everyone. The only negative comments were from some of the retired people in our Bible study (for the "Fire" lesson), they felt there was too much homework. I for one love the homework and find it a very helpful way to stay in the Word on a daily basis.
This DVD - as all of Ray Vander Laan's Faith series DVDs - answers questions that I didn't even know I had, because I didn't know enough to ask the questions. I better understand the history and customs behind why the people did what they did and now have a deeper understanding of the Bible.
I use this video series for an adult Sunday School, but it is also suitable for high school teen groups. The videos are about 15-20 minutes long with good material for discussion in the student book.
I did learn some interesting points about the early church and the cultural concepts attached to the meaning of what our Lord was saying to his followers. The only point I found not so enjoyable was the constant shifting back to the audience for approval.
We're studying Ephesians in my Bible study, and hearing Ray Van Der Laan's teaching about the Early Church, while he was there on site, gave us an amazing background to Paul's teaching and the people who were receiving his message. It always helps to understand the who? what? when? where? why? of the spreading of Jesus' Good News!