Worked my way this week through The Gospel of Luke: From the Outside In, a new DVD-enhanced study from LifeWay. Featuring teaching by D.A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and written by David Morlan, co-founder and teaching pastor at Fellowship Denver Church, this study is a Gospel Coalition venture.
With the DVD segments coming in at 4 to 6 minutes, this is what’s being referred to as a DVD-enhanced study. While short, the teaching of D.A. Carson is simple, but quite engaging. Seated at a club table and explaining portions of Luke’s gospel, the video segments are stripped down to the essence but do a good job opening eyes and ears to a fresh understanding of scripture.
A 12 session study, there is plenty here to digest. Designed to take participants through 12 themes of the gospel of Luke, the related scripture passages and commentary are included in the member book, but ranging from 5 to 7 pages of text, will most likely be read in preparation for the group study. One of the most intriguing aspects of the study are the series of notes in the margin of the commentary sections, designed to ask reflective questions that prompt either a good opportunity for discussion or contemplation.
The study design itself is relatively compact with:
- a warm-up question to prime the pump of discussion
- watching the short video segment
- a simple set of discussion questions
- a wrap up section with takeaways
A simple leader’s guide is included in the member book with helps and tips primarily for new small group leaders.
I like the simple format and think this study will be a helpful resource for groups that are looking for a study that will keep their meetings focused on a study of the Bible. At 12 sessions it is too long for a first commitment to a group, but excellent for established groups looking for a study that will provide some guidance with plenty of room for their particular rhythms.