When I saw a That the World May Know set by Ray Vander Laan was available to review, I wanted to beg to be assigned. I didn't. I merely applied. But I was ecstatic to be chosen.
We have borrowed a few of the previous sets to watch here at home, and we simply love how he approaches the Bible. Collecting the entire series is one of those dreams of mine.
Israel's Mission is the 13th volume in this series, and I have to tell you these just keep getting better. Subtitled Becoming a Kingdom of Priests in a Prodigal World, the entire message is one that is so perfect for my family -- for most Christian families, I'd guess -- right now.
Let's see how the publisher describes it:
What's your mission?
God gave the assignment to His people thousands of years ago: to bring "lost sheep" back into the love and safety of His kingdom. He said to become a "Kingdom of Priests," and put God on display to show the world what He is like. It's still our task today. In this thirteenth volume of the That the World May Know ® film series, you'll glimpse the urgency and rewards of welcoming the strangers and prodigals the Lord longs to embrace. Discover the mission that can give your life - and the lives of those around you - greater meaning than you ever imagined.
Join renowned teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan as he guides you through the lands of the Bible. In each lesson, Vander Laan illuminates the historical, geographical, and cultural context of the sacred Scriptures. Filmed on location in the Middle East and elsewhere, the That the World May Know ® film series will transform your understanding of God and challenge you to be a true follower of Jesus.
Designed for use with That the World May Know: Israel's Mission Discovery Guide.
Filmed on location at these biblically significant sites in Israel and Jordan:
-Back to the Father's House - Negev Desert
-Show Them the Way - Timnah
-Prodigal Sons and Daughters - Qatzrin
-Return from the Far Off Country - Jerash
-Welcome Home - Qatzrin
Our thoughts:Wow. Just wow.
We have been sitting down the the Discovery Guide and watching the video after going through the intro material. I've never used one of these before, we've always "just" watched the video segments.
Watching the videos without the Discovery Guide is great for family use, too, and is probably what we will continue to do. The Discovery Guide would be fabulous for use in a small Bible study though. It even includes daily study questions that the group can do in between the weekly sessions.
Watch this clip to get a feel for how the program works:
Ray Vander Laan takes people on tours in Israel, where they visit real places, touching the stones, viewing the scenery -- and he films the individual half hour sessions where you get to see the places too. And you get to see him interact with his "class" and feel a bit like a participant yourself.
Vander Laan knows his subject, and his teaching style is very engaged, with lots of moving around, having students repeat Bible verses, or Hebrew/Greek words, hands-on for those actually present.
These are so worth viewing, and I highly recommend them. Watching through these with my teens (the 9- and 11-year-olds have had a harder time paying attention, especially to the Discovery Guide parts) has made me realize that I really want to own the entire series.
Which means I am absolutely entering the giveaway below:
Celebrate the release of Israel's Mission by entering to win the entire That the World May Know® series—perfect for working through with your family, Bible study, or Sunday school class!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- All 13 DVDs in the That the World May Know® series
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.