Looking for a way to equip the women in your ministry to share their faith? You may want to take a look at a new DVD-driven study from LifeWay. Featuring Mary Jo Sharp, Why Do You Believe That? is a 7 session study designed for women.
A former atheist from the Pacific Northwest who thought religion was for the weak-minded, Mary Jo Sharp is now a Christian author and apologist.
Each of the 7 sessions is presented as combination lecture, Skype call with several former atheists and dialogue with an interested learner. Averaging just over 20 minutes in length, Sharp’s personality is very engaging and comes through loud and clear. While she doesn’t take herself too seriously, she takes the topic of sharing faith very seriously.
I like the content! Far more than a teaching on core beliefs or the most asked questions, Why Do You Believe That? focuses a lot of attention on the stuff that makes for great conversations. Learning to listen and to ask great questions are two very important topics. The complete list of topics includes:
- Session 1: Introducing Apologetics
- Session 2: Knowing Your Beliefs
- Session 3: Listening to Others
- Session 4: Questioning Others
- Session 5: Responding to Others
- Session 6: Roadblocks
- Session 7: Wrap Up and Challenge
Every session is packed with great insights and challenging action steps. At the same time, they’re presented in a way that pulls in the participant and encourages a thought process that will equip them to have the kinds of conversations that lead to truth.
Each of the 7 sessions in the Member Book includes a video guide (a place to take a few notes while watching the DVD) and discussion questions for the group meeting. It also includes 6 weeks of daily experiences designed to help group members dig in deeply to each topic.
A well designed Leader’s Guide is included in the Member Book, making it easier for group leaders to guide members in this 7 session journey.
I think Why Do You Believe That? could end up on many recommended lists. I also think there are some churches where this study will make a lot of sense as a core curriculum that will be offered on a regular basis. Winsomely presented, it definitely sets the table for lots of great faith conversations.