Had a chance over the weekend to preview How Can I Know: Answers to Life’s 7 Most Important Questions. a new DVD-driven study from LifeWay by Robert Jeffress. Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas is the author of multiple books and the host of the radio and television program “Pathway to Victory.”
Filmed live on location in the worship center at First Baptist, Dallas, each session is 40 to 45 minutes in length. Packed with very good content, the teaching style will be very familiar for some group members and will take a little getting used to for others. Need a sample? You can hear the first message right here on iTunes.
The 7 questions answered in the series are:
- How Can I Know There Is a God?
- How Can I Know the Bible Is True?
- How Can I Know Christianity Is the Right Religion?
- How Can I Know God Is Good with All the Suffering in the World?
- How Can I Know How to Forgive Someone Who Has Hurt Me?
- How Can I Know God’s Forgiveness When I’ve Failed?
- How Can I Know I’m Going to Heaven When I Die?
The member book provides a viewer guide that will help members take notes on important principles for later discussion as well as a simple set of group discussion questions to help begin to apply the teaching. The member book also includes a fairly robust set of daily lessons designed to help members really dig in to the big idea for the week. Averaging 5 to 6 pages in length daily, this will take some commitment to complete along with the payoff of in-depth exploration.
Have members that would benefit from additional content? A companion paperback edition of Jeffress’s book by the same title is available and included in the leader kit.
How Can I Know is not without its challenges. For many groups the DVD segments are just too long at 40+ minutes. For others the more formal teaching style will be difficult to embrace. Still, the content is very good and will be quite helpful to many. If you’re looking for a study that answers these questions, you’ll want to take a look at How Can I Know.