Finally had an opportunity this week to spend some time with a new study from Kelly Minter. What Love Is: The Letters of 1, 2, 3 John is “a theologically rich study–that also includes recipes for deeper fellowship.” This line from the cover caught my eye as I began my review: “John anchors us with truth in a culture that has lost its way. He separates light from darkness, offers community for loneliness and rest for our striving.”
What Love Is is a 7 session study DVD-driven study. Featuring Kelly Minter, “an acclaimed author, speaker, songwriter, and worship leader,” there is a fresh feel to her speaking style that draws you in as though you are in the room. With an average length of 30 to 34 minutes, she does a good job of holding attention by weaving personal stories into a rich study of the letters of John.
The member book includes a small section for jotting down notes from the video and a set of discussion questions designed to help members reflect on their daily studies from the prior week. The five daily studies each week will take some commitment. With 4 to 5 pages per day, your members should expect to spend about an hour a day in their daily study.
The member book also includes a simple leader’s guide with additional questions that “supplement the discussion starter questions on the viewer guide pages…intended to assist you and stimulate discussion.”
If you’re looking for a timely study, What Love Is is a study that will likely strike a chord with many of your members. “In an age when opinions fly at us unbridled, John gives us the immutable gift of truth. When science and philosophy and your social circles say you can’t really know God, John says, yes you can. And perhaps most importantly, at a time when the word love means just about anything under the sun, and therefore almost nothing, John tells us ‘this is what love is…(from the introduction).’”
Kelly Minter will be a fresh voice for many groups and the study’s content will provide rich and timely takeaways. I like What Love Is and I think your groups will too.
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