Faith Lessons on the Early Church (Church Vol. 5) Leader's Guide: Conquering the Gates of Hell

Faith Lessons on the Early Church (Church Vol. 5) Leader's Guide: Conquering the Gates of Hell

by Ray Vander Laan, Judith Markham
     
 

Discover how the early Christian church, on fire with the message of Jesus, literally changed the world!

The completely new Faith Lessons Groupware takes your small group on a round trip to ancient times, places, and customs, and back again. This lively, interactive journey is more than fascinating--it's faith-inspiring and life-changing.

Your job as a group

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Discover how the early Christian church, on fire with the message of Jesus, literally changed the world!

The completely new Faith Lessons Groupware takes your small group on a round trip to ancient times, places, and customs, and back again. This lively, interactive journey is more than fascinating--it's faith-inspiring and life-changing.

Your job as a group leader is simplified with this innovative Leader's Guide: fresh, clear, and easy to follow, designed to minimize your preparation time and maximize your effectiveness. You are not left to guess at anything. This volume contains all the material in the Participant's Guide, including maps, photos, sidebars, and other study aids, plus instructions and tips that will take you step-by-step through each faith lesson.

The carefully organized format makes it easy to conduct the following invigorating, discussion-filled sessions:

1. Caesarea Philippi--Everything to Lose, Nothing to Gain
2. Sardis--The Salt of the Earth
3. Pergamum--Where Satan Lives
4. Ephesus--The Mark of the Beast
5. Laodicea--Hot or Cold

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310679684
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
08/15/2000
Series:
Faith Lessons Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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Faith Lessons on the Early Church (Church Vol. 5) Leader's Guide

Conquering the Gates of Hell
By Ray Vander Laan

Zondervan

Copyright © 2000 Zondervan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-67968-0


Chapter One

SESSION ONE

Everything to Lose, Nothing to Gain

Introduction

4 minutes

Welcome

Assemble the participants together. Welcome them to session one of Faith Lessons on the Early Church.

What's to Come

In this session, we'll learn about how Jesus, the rabbi, prepared His chosen disciples for their future ministry in the unbelievably pagan cities of Asia Minor, which today we know as Turkey. We'll visit the ruins of the synagogue of Korazin in Galilee, the region in which Jesus did most of His teaching. Next, we'll visit Caesarea Philippi, a city famous for its pagan worship. Here, Jesus taught His disciples-and some startled pagan worshipers-key lessons concerning His identity as the living Messiah and the church's power to triumph over evil. Finally, we will visit the Mount of Olives, where Jesus concluded His disciples' teaching by ascending into heaven while they watched. We will see how these events empowered Jesus' disciples to go out and change their world.

Questions to Think About

Participant's Guide page 13.

Ask each question and solicit a few responses from group members. You may want to write these responses on a marker board, chalkboard, or overhead projector so that participants may view them as the session progresses.

1. Take a minute to list what you find to be the most difficult places or situations in which to minister in the world around you. Suggested Responses: These will vary. Encourage participants to think of a variety of specific places and situations.

2. What factors make it difficult to share your faith in these places or situations?

Suggested Responses: These will vary, and they will overlap. Your list may be similar to the obstacles Jesus' disciples faced when they went into Asia Minor.

Let's keep these ideas in mind as we view the video.

Video Presentation

31 minutes

Participant's Guide page 14.

On page 14 of your Participant's Guide, you will find space in which to take notes on key points as we watch this video.

Leader's Video Observations Galilee-Jesus the Rabbi Builds a Community of Followers

Caesarea Philippi-Jesus Asks the All-Important Question

The Mount of Olives-Jesus Delivers His Final Message

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Meet the Author

Ray Vander Laan is the founder of That the World May Know Ministries and creator of the Faith Lessons video series with Focus on the Family. An ordained minister, he holds the chair of biblical cultural studies as a religion instructor at Holland Christian Schools in Holland, Michigan. He and his wife, Esther, have four children and fifteen grandchildren. SPANISH BIO: Ray Vander Laan es el fundador del That the World May Know Ministries. Cuando no ensenando y investigando en Israel, ensena en Michigan del oeste a un escuela secundaria y un semanario.

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