Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Intersect {a Litfuse Blog Tour review}

I love being able to use DVDs as part of a Bible Study or as a way of engaging people in a group setting.

The idea of Intersect: Where Your Story and God's Story Converge is just that -- to use stories, real stories from real people -- to engage people and to make it so conversations about some important matters are easier to make happen.

I was intrigued.

From the publisher:
Follow the journey of five individuals as they tell authentic stories of circumstances that have forced them to examine how God might fit into their lives.

This five-week small group resource helps spark spiritual conversations. Starting spiritual conversations with those outside of the church is a worthy, yet often difficult and intimidating task. Intersect was designed to help overcome those barriers. It is an easy-to-use resource, perfect for sharing with co-workers, friends, neighbors, and family to enter into meaningful conversations.

Each film is accompanied by thought-provoking questions designed to encourage participants to examine the world in which they live and the life they are pursuing, always ending with a conversation on how Jesus intersects the current topic. Allow this powerful new film resource to engage those you are in relationship with and then propel them forward in their next step with Jesus.
This DVD and Study guide is material for five weeks of small-group activities.   Each week has you talking about some initial questions, watching a few minutes of someone's story on the DVD, and then getting into some follow-up discussion.

The initial questions are pretty personal.  The segment on Control starts off with the question(s):
What are some specific areas/compartments that you are juggling in your life right now?  How well are you managing all of them?
They are all questions that make you think and analyze your life.

The DVD segments include someone telling his own story, whether that be about an unexpected divorce (Disappointment) or a drug problem (Trust).  These are clearly real people, talking about real things in their lives.  As this is produced in the UK, the backgrounds and the accents give it a bit more of a "hey, check this out!" factor.  Exotic isn't the word I want, but rather it is just a bit unusual and out of the ordinary, while still feeling very ordinary.

The follow-up discussion questions have you talking about specifics from the video, reading an (included) Bible section (quite short) in The Message and talking about that, and applying all of the above to your life now.

This is designed to engage with 20- and 30-year olds, but I think it can work with a wider age range than that.  I wouldn't necessarily go a whole lot younger, but high school/college age teens could find it engaging too, and certainly it can work with older adults.

This is a neat resource that isn't overly preachy and can certainly lead to interesting discussion.  You can see what other people had to say about this at the Litfuse Blog Tour site.

Disclaimer:  I received this DVD/Study Guide through LitFuse Blog Tour.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.  

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