Thursday, October 16, 2014

Discovery Place: Advent resources

Don’t panic, but the Season of Advent is just around the corner. Discovery Place has studies to help your class take a closer look at the Christmas story. Here are just a few.

The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem: Explore the story of the birth of Jesus with fresh ears and eyes. Take a journey with Adam Hamilton as he travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating five-session DVD which was filmed on location in the Holy Land. Each exciting and informative session contains 10- to 15-minute video vignettes of Hamilton retracing the path of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Also includes a bonus segment on the Holy Land today.

A Different Kind of Christmas: Living and Giving Like Jesus: Help your group cast a vision of living and giving like Jesus, beginning with the Christmas season and continuing through the year. This five-session study by author/pastor Mike Slaughter helps participants see the traps and discontentment of consumerism, and the call of God to live generously to fulfill God’s mission in the world.

A Clear View of the Birth of Jesus: Why didn’t Mary and Joseph go to Elizabeth’s house for the birth of Jesus, since she lived nearby? Why was the town of Bethlehem so hardhearted that no private home would take them in if there was no room in the inn? If the Holy Family was in a dirty stable, why didn’t the shepherds move them at once to their own homes? In four 30-minute sessions, Dr. Kenneth Bailey answers these and many other questions regarding the Christmas story.

Not A Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem: In this 5-session DVD study you will imagine Jesus from Mary’s point of view — proud of her son, in awe of his gifts and mission, guided by love for him as a person, and so much more. Adam Hamilton begins at the end, with Mary at the crucifixion and resurrection; travels back in time as she witnesses his life and ministry; and ends at the beginning, with the Christ child born in a stable.

What Would Jesus Buy?: “What Would Jesus Buy?” follows Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they go on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse: the end of mankind from consumerism, over-consumption, and the fires of eternal debt. This is a docu-comedy about the commercialization of the holidays.

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