Advertisements

Resource Review: Reason for God Discussion Guide and DVD

Recommended. Meaty material for discussing 12 objections to the Christian faith and life.

If you’ve read The Reason for God (2009), you likely benefited from the fruit of Tim Keller’s two decades of ministry in New York City. Using literature, philosophy, anthropology, and a number of other disciplines, Keller met those who doubt on neutral ground. However, for those of us who wanted to share the ideas in his book with others, our best option was to try hosting a book club.

Now, there is a superior option for equipping fellow believers with “an answer to give to everyone who asks [them] to give the reason for the hope that [they] have… with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). In The Reason for God Discussion Guide and DVD, small groups will find the ideal resource for transferring lessons learned from Reason for God to deep group discussions and the skeptics in our lives.

Discussion Guide

The curriculum is divided into six sessions, each of which addresses two related, common objections to Christianity. If you’ve never experienced a Redeemer City to City discussion guide before (Gospel in Life, Prodigal God), prepare to have your expectations of group curricula raised.  Each session begins with an opening thought and prayer prompt, a section for taking notes on the 20-minute DVD clip, a set of discussion questions (with ample easy-access background material for group leaders to read), a final thought and prayer prompt, and a list of additional resources.

Two aspects of the discussion guide are worth elaborating on. First, the quality of the discussion questions is difficult to overstate. Many of the questions use quotations from various sources to connect to what was discussed in the DVD. Some questions push participants to try new things (for example, in one session participants are asked to summarize the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in three minutes). In general, each question leads participants to think about how they would respond to comments made by skeptics in the DVD. From the questions alone, participants will emerge from each session more confident and more sensitive to have discussions with the skeptics in their lives.

But these questions are made richer still by the gray text boxes that contain Dr. Keller’s thoughts on each discussion question. Often times, this kind of material would only available to leaders, but I like how any group participant can easily look down to Keller’s thoughts on a question if he or she desires more information.

DVD

The six DVD sessions (20 minutes in length) are shortened version of hour and a half long discussions that Dr. Keller had with a group of skeptics in New York City. Overall, these sessions illustrate a deep respect for skeptics, acknowledging that everyone who questions Christian faith has questions that come from varied life experiences. I like that these filmed discussions are very obviously unscripted and honest. At one point, a comment from Keller is followed by a straightforward, “You’re going to have to do better than that.” Viewers get to see someone lovingly deal with nitty-gritty, real-life people. In this way, the DVD shows Keller’s book taking on flesh and blood. When paired with the discussion guide, the DVD is invaluable.

All in all, I’m left with one response to this curriculum: I can’t wait to bring it to my local church to see when we might begin a Reason for God group in my area!

 

FCC Disclaimer: A complementary copy of this resource was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

Advertisements

About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at TeachingtheCore.com. He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: