Item description for The Prayers of Jesus Participant's Guide: Six In-depth Studies Connecting the Bible to Life (Deeper Connections) by Matt Williams...
Overview This series of Bible Study guides with DVDs provides the depth for a more thorough study of the Bible, allowing participants to make deeper connections with a knowledge of historical background of the Bible, biblical text, and real life applications.
Publishers Description Prayer was the backbone of Jesus' life and ministry. From his baptism to his crucifixion, the Gospels portray Jesus as a man of prayer who knew and deeply valued intimate communion with his heavenly Father. What can we learn from the prayers he prayed? In six engaging, interactive small group sessions, this Deep Connection DVD helps you explore the prayers of Jesus to gain new insights into prayer, the character of God, and how to deepen your relationship with him. With maps and pictures, outlines, key Scripture verses, discussion questions, plenty of room for note taking, and a personal five-day Bible study for each session, this participant's guide will help you get the most out of The Prayers of Jesus, both in your group and in applying what you learn to your life.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 4.96" Height: 0.34" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Apr 8, 2007
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Edition Student/Stdy Gde
Series Deeper Connections
ISBN 0310271975 ISBN13 9780310271970 UPC 025986271978
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Prayers of Jesus Participant's Guide: Six In-depth Studies Connecting the Bible to Life (Deeper Connections)?
The prayers of Jesus Mar 24, 2010
The book is helpful to the age of adults I am teaching. However, using it WITH the video is less than satisfactory. The people are upset that the speakers do not talk to them, but to someone(s) over their shoulder.
The book allows for them to follow the talk fairly well. I have added a great deal more from commentaries. This opens conversations better than either the book OR the video.
The content and the background pictures AND the expertise of the speakers are wonderful. The production of the product leaves a great deal to be desired.
Great Bible study Jun 21, 2009
I have done Bible study on The Parables of Jesus and The Miracles of Jesus and they were great. This is an in depth study.
A unique, in-depth study of the Prayers of Jesus!!! Jun 25, 2008
The three-volume Deeper Connections series produced by Zondervan is unique. Unlike any other Bible study available, this visually stunning DVD series is taught and written by biblical experts - six professors with specialized areas of knowledge. The three volumes in this study series are :
1. The Parables of Jesus 2. The Prayers of Jesus 3. Miracles of Jesus
The Teachers featured on the series are : Dr. Gary Burge, Wheaton College; Dr. David Garland, Truett Theological Seminary; Dr. Mark Strauss, Bethel Seminary; Dr. Michael Wilkins, Talbot School of Theology; Dr. Matt Williams, Biola University; Dr. Ben Witherington III, Asbury Theological Seminary.
Hosted by Jarrett Stevens and filmed in locations as diverse as Gloucester harbor, the Holy Land, Boston's Old North Church, and Chicago's lakefront, each volume consists of six fascinating sessions. Each session is taught by a different instructor and consists of three components:
1. Historical and cultural background 2. An engaging, close look at the biblical text and its meaning 3. Accurate, encouraging, and challenging applications of the Bible's message to life today
Each volume is accompanied by a Participant Guide which is available separately allowing participants to make deeper connections with a knowledge of historical background of the Bible, biblical text, and real life applications.
'The Prayers of Jesus: Six In-Depth Studies Connecting the Bible to Life' is one of the volumes of the Deeper Connections series focusing on prayers of Jesus. Prayer was the backbone of Jesus' life and ministry. From his baptism to his crucifixion, the Gospels portray Jesus as a man of prayer who knew and deeply valued intimate communion with his heavenly Father. What can we learn from the prayers he prayed? This unique, in-depth look at the prayers of Jesus will give you new insights into prayer, the character of God, and how to deepen your relationship with him.
Six Sessions included on this DVD are:
Watch and Pray Our God Listens Joining in Jesus' Prayer Praying to a Good God Praying with Purpose A Friend in High Places
Highly recommended for all students of the Bible!
Good, but not great. Oct 12, 2007
My small group has enjoyed the teachings on the dvd (some more than others) and have learned lessons on prayer that we were not expecting. The contextual information and images of the Holyland are terrific. As with most 'what do you think' questions, my study members get tired of giving really obvious answers. My opinion is that the study questions are average, while the teachers and their points have more impact.
I think the dvd is too expensive.
Oh dear. So cheesy I just can't watch anymore. Seriously. Oct 3, 2007
I really had to hunt to get all these, but I am seriously disappointed for 2 reasons. First, the presenter. Oh dear. OH DEAR. I am sure he's a great guy and all, but a presenter fit for filming he simply is not. His attempts to appear spontaneous and unscripted make him look VERY silly. VERY SILLY. You can see straight through it as clear as day. This ties in with the cinematography. Each presenter is teaching an invisible person. The camera angles follow the person if they are walking, or still, slightly to the side of the person. But where is the person the presenter is talking to? Oh my gosh. EYE CONTACT. They never eyeball the camera. It makes you feel very weird. I have never seen anything filmed like this. So the whole entire time you're watching you just want to see who the HECK are you talking to? but you never see, because there isn't anyone, and it is insanely frustrating. So it's like the presenters are talking to you, but they NEVER look at you. Argh. It's an exercise in patience as it just makes you want to slap the guy and say, "HEY, I'm over HERE, LOOK at me". The way I am expressing it, it doesn't sound like a big deal, but watch it and you'll find out. Imagine watching Katie Kuric on the evening news, but she's looking to the diagonal all the time, never at you, you'd want to slap the TV.
Another problem is the continual stop-start nature of the teachings. Every few minutes you need to hit play to keep going.
My second serious gripe is the way they have encoded the DVD. Clearly the DVD producer didn't know how to create scripts in the project because every chapter has been saved as a title. This means ripping the DVD to watch on your AppleTV or iPod, computer etc is impossible. To some this will not matter, but for me it's a big issue.
I am sure the teaching is great, if only I could stand to watch it, which I just can't. I have tried several times over the last few months and it's just frustrating. Overall it's an incredibly amateurish project totally out of character for something with Zondervan's name on it. This is why it simply must have a 1 star rating.