Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Review

Logos’ new offering Abraham: Following God’s Promise, is a complete Bible Study curriculum for the local church.  The available pieces include Sermon notes, including video support for each lesson; and a small group discussion guide, again including videos, slides, and questions.  

I found the material a bit overwhelming for my small congregation, but would be useful for a pastor looking for a somewhat comprehensive set of tools to use across his or her church for an eight week preaching series.  For Sunday School, it is a bit lacking in that it only offers material for part of the traditional thirteen week Sunday School quarter.  A creative teacher should be able to stretch the material for use during a typical quarter. Realizing that my congregation is not typical, I will still look forward to a possible sermon series based on the material - though much of the content will be lost as we do not have projection equipment available or church members with available computers (only one member of my small congregation has a computer and access to the internet).    

Material is provided for both the leader and for the student - the leader’s guide includes sermon suggestions and a small group study guide.  A complete package of material is available for download - and individual guide does require that the student also install, at the very least, the free LOGOS engine.  There is no current option for the student material being available for the student who does not have access to a PC or Mac.  Some smart phones are also supported. Having said that, I noticed just as I was preparing this review, that printed books (in sets of five) are being developed, though not actually in production at this point.

The authors each hold graduate degrees from quality educational institutions - e.g. University of Wisconsin, and Trinity Western University.  Their love for scripture and its application to the believer’s life is obvious in the curriculum they have developed.  
This review is based on a free electronic copy of this book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.  

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