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Reviews Being and Making Disciples

Rev. Sylvia Schmidt, Burnaby BC

It seems to me that this excellent study guide for the Evangelical Declaration of the ELCIC needs to go hand in hand with strategic planning and action!

  • It can be used as part of an ongoing Adult Catechumenate study, as part of an ongoing Sunday morning adult study, or as a special short-term study during the year. The presenter can provide a short overview of discipleship and then focus on one chapter in the booklet for discussion which is aimed at action.
  • It could be utilized as a one-day event in your community with a focus on several of the chapters in this resource. In small groups, participate in serving/learning in your community. Come back and talk about your experiences together. Plan for further action as disciples of the risen Christ!
  • Faith Lutheran Church in Burnaby (Greater Vancouver), BC, has purchased 20 copies and keeps them on hand as a congregational resource. Individuals may purchase this resource for their home library from the congregation at any time.
  • How about introducing this resource in a conference gathering and then continue the focus on discipleship in your conference? (Order copies for each congregation—include them as part of the registration fee.)

Available from Augsburg Fortress ISBN 6-00001-2369-8…$12.95 www.afcanada.com

Rebuilding Relationships

Pastor Carlton Larsen, Kipling, SK

Designed for use by small groups, with little or no Bible knowledge, this study explores what scripture says about the issue of rebuilding relationships. Although it is advertised as a study for men, a mixed-gender group (adults aged 40–70) at Christ Lutheran Church had no trouble identifying with the issues. It is set up to cover seven sessions of 1.5 hours each.

Generally speaking, the group would recommend Rebuilding Relationships. The material was designed well for both leader and learners, touched different levels of faith, lead to some challenging discussion, and fit well within our Lutheran understanding of God’s grace. Participants’ stories of daily life and examples of relationships in the Bible lead to a better understanding of how broken relationships can be healed.

(The Discover Life Series also has studies at the intermediate and advanced levels meant for groups with greater Bible knowledge.)

Available from Faith Alive Christian Resources www.faithaliveresources.org
Leader’s guide #153230…$5.45
Learners’ book #153235…$8.65 (Canadian)

ELW Bible Study (found in Esprit magazine)

Rev. Matthew Diegel, Our Saviour, Thunder Bay, ON

Our ELW recently opened their Bible Study to all members of the congregation. We gather on a monthly basis for about one hour. As pastor, I was asked to facilitate the sessions. We follow the printed study, making sure to allow time for discussion, reflection on our local situation and the sharing of our stories.

A subscription to Esprit magazine costs about $17 per year. www.elw.ca

Whole People of God

Rev. Darlene Harrison, Good Shepherd, Melville, SK

A small adult class meets Sunday mornings using the adult material from the Whole People of God, published by Wood Lake Books. I use the material only as a guide and for suggestions as the material doesn't always go as deeply as I like to. The curriculum has a social justice bent to it and sometimes that is not the way my sermon goes. We always study, in depth, the texts on which my sermon is based. Generally the material is good as it is now denomination-oriented.

Available from Wood Lake Books ISBN 1-55145-440-8…$59.95 (package contains Adult Resource Booklet, overview and background to each unit, weekly photocopiable biblical background and worksheets, music resources and posters) www.joinhands.com

Word of Life: Exploring the Lectionary Text

Margaret Olson, Zion, Athabasca, AB

This is part of the Life Together Revised Common Lectionary Resources for Christian Living series. It is a collection of weekly studies based on the lectionary texts and is designed to encourage small group study and conversations. Each week focuses on a central question. The pages are reproducible and perforated, so only one copy is required per group. I found last year's study excellent and challenging, as did the participants. I would strongly recommend this resource to congregations as it acts as a good preparation for the upcoming Sunday morning service. Participants will find that they get more out of the Sunday services when they participate in this study.

Available from Augsburg Fortress ISBN 0-8066-4333-1…$46.50 www.afcanada.com

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