Took some time this week to dive into a new DVD-driven study from Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, a multi-site church in Washington D.C. When Batterson has a new study, I look forward to previewing it. In my opinion, Batterson regularly tackles theology more creatively than almost anyone else and The God Anthology: Exploring the Depths of God is a great example!
In a way, the idea behind The God Anthology is pinned to A.W. Tozer’s great line, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Exploring the depths of God by examining six of God’s attributes:
The 6 session study is anchored by 6 video segments. At 10 to 17 minutes long, the segments are just the right length to hold attention very well. Batterson is a master of metaphor and example and the teaching here is a very good example. Filmed on location at The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, even the setting is beautiful and compelling.
The study guide is easy to use and includes everything you need to pull off a fairly theological study. A great set of questions launches each of the sessions. Also included are a video session outline (for capturing the big ideas and important concepts) and a very thought-provoking, conversation generating set of discussion questions anchored by scripture. Each of the sessions also includes a Pursuing God section designed to provide three daily devotional readings that will help group members further pursue the conversation through the week. Importantly, the study guide also includes a helpful leader’s guide with important tips and ideas for each session.
Along with the DVD and study guide, The God Anthology includes a music CD with original music composed and arranged by the National Community Church worship staff for each of the critical aspects of who God is. Intended to enrich the small group experience, the CD can be played during the group meeting.
If you’re looking for a study that will help group members deepen their understanding of God, The God Anthology is one you need to take a look at!