At the University Church of Christ, our adult classes have begun studying a DVD series called “Faith Lessons” by Ray Vander Laan. So far, the feedback has been extremely popular, with people even wanting to buy their own copies of the material to share with friends and family.
I meet with the teachers each Wednesday night to go over the material for the next Sunday, share experiences from the previous Sunday, and exchange ideas. Shortly thereafter, I compile the notes into a lesson outline and email it to the teachers. The teachers then put their own spin on it.
I thought I’d share these materials with the readers, as any church would benefit from this excellent material.
(I help lead a small group of high school juniors and seniors. They love it, too.)
Ray Vander Laan is scholar in the Jewish roots of Christianity and historical backgrounds. The “Faith Lessons” series was filmed on location, and Vander Laan takes his viewers throughout the Mediterranean world to learn excellent, powerful scriptural lessons on site.
His material is sold through Zondervan.
We are starting in volume 1 and taking them in order. I’ll add lessons as we go.
These are MS Word documents and really need to go with the DVDs.
Crossroads shot at Tell Gezer
For the high school lesson, as the introductory montage of Bible land scenes flashed by, I paused the DVD and challenged the students to guess what each was a picture of. For easy ones, I wouldn’t let the adults guess. For the hard ones, the adults got to guess, too. The kids and most of the adults had never seen pictures of most of these locations. It was loads of fun.
(Going from memory: Jordan River, Dead Sea, Masada, and Jerusalem, centered on the Dome of the Rock. There was an earlier scene of fishing in the Sea of Galilee.)
Wet Feet shot at the Jordan River
First Fruits shot at Tell Jericho
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