Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Intersect: Where Your Story and God's Story Converge produced by Rob Peabody and Cris Rogers

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Intersect DVD (Awaken Movement, July 2015)
Follow the journey of five individuals as they tell authentic stories of circumstances that have forced them to examine how God might fit into their lives.
This five-week small group resource helps spark spiritual conversations. Starting spiritual conversations with those outside of the church is a worthy, yet often difficult and intimidating task. Intersect was designed to help overcome those barriers. It is an easy-to-use resource, perfect for sharing with co-workers, friends, neighbors, and family to enter into meaningful conversations.
Each film is accompanied by thought-provoking questions designed to encourage participants to examine the world in which they live and the life they are pursuing, always ending with a conversation on how Jesus intersects the current topic. Allow this powerful new film resource to engage those you are in relationship with and then propel them forward in their next step with Jesus.


Rob Peabody left his position as lead campus pastor of a mega-church in Texas in 2011 and moved with his wife, Medea, and their two sons to the U.K. He is now the co-founder and director of Awaken, a non-profit organization that exists to provide resources and creativity to the church and reach Londoners in their 20s and 30s with the Gospel. This work is commissioned by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and in partnership with the Church of England.
Peabody also currently serves as a missional consultant for multiple church networks. He appears regularly at the Spring Harvest conferences in Great Britain and will be leading a new upcoming national U.K. conference for young adults called The Pursuit.
In addition, Peabody has written a small-group film series entitled Kingdom Rise (2013), as well as the book Citizen: Your Role in the Alternative Kingdom (2014).
Connect with Rob Peabody at his online home atawakenmovement.com, like the Awaken Movement onFacebook (awakenmovement) or follow Rob on Twitter(@AwakenRob and @awakenmovement).
Cris Rogers is a writer, pastor, speaker and church visionary. In 2010, Rogers planted a church in the poorest area of London with a dream for it to be an explosion of joy within the tower block estate in which he works.
Follow Cris Rogers on Twitter (@RabbiRogers).

Dynamic Uno here:  Intersect comes with its own Study Guide to help you explore each of the five topics (Expectations, Rest, Disappointment, Trust, and Control) in greater depth with your group.   
Each session starts with a question that relates to the topic and adds another question that helps you delve even deeper into that week's theme.  The videos are fairly short with individuals describing their real-life  situations that pertain to that particular week's topic.  Then, there's a "Bible" story that is told in such a way that the characters come to life to illustrate how God can be sought in each situation.  Afterwards, there is a short passage from the Bible (The Message version) with more discussion questions and a challenge to speculate how this topic can relate to your own life and situation.
I did this study on my own, but I think I would have had a better understanding and gotten a lot more out of it had I participated in a group setting.  I enjoyed the short video clips and answering the questions on each topic.  It really made me think about how I view my circumstances with each of the topics and whether or not God is trying to teach me something as I struggle with each.  
I'm not sure how to use this as a tool for reaching others for Christ, but I do know that using it in a small group would actually open up the conversation for how God works within my own life that I could share with others.
I really like this simple and straight-forward method of sharing how God works through various situations.  This would be a perfect study for those who have limited time, but want to make a connection to others through shared experiences and struggles.  I'll definitely be watching the Awaken Movement to see what else they create to inspire us to become Kingdom bringers in our own communities.

Let me know what you think and Happy Viewing!

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