After teaching scripture to various groups for 10 years, I have learned a very sad lesson; most Christians have not learned how to practically live out the messages they hear at church. To often a person hears the message of grace and then goes out to the world and lets all manner of behavior happen, while just accepting that they will be forgiven. On the flip side, we have all come into contact with the christian that hears a message of "fire and brimstone" then takes it upon them self to preach down to every sinner they meet. The truth is, both of these examples of a christian life are poor attempts to live as Christ instructed us.
I am proposing to produce a lesson series that connects the example of living that Christ gives us in scripture with the hard core truths of what is sin and righteousness. Each lesson will be in a small group, bible study, format. A group of 20 or so members will join me as we explore a specific scripture then engage in discussion to teach and understand how we are to incorporate the biblical principals we have learned into our every day lives.
The lesson series I wish to produce has 4 main sections to it:
10 lessons from Paul's letter to the Romans
10 lessons from the teachings of Jesus Christ
10 lessons from Paul's letters to the Ephesians and Corinthians
10 lessons from the Old Testament
My hope is that with the help from your support through this website I can purchase the equipment and studio space necessary to produce these series in a professional manner. I have no doubt, christian and non-christian alike, we have all seen the old sermon videos with the terrible floating graphics and standard blue backgrounds for every scene. I want to be able to create an environment that makes every viewer feel like they are a part of the bible study they are watching. In order to do this, I need a studio space, proper furnishings, proper filming equipment, and post-production editing equipment. When you witness the final product, I do not want you to be distracted by any substandard filming technique or poor quality shot. I want you to be able to easily slip into the study and spend your time focusing on the Word.
One of the unique aspects of this project is sincerity of participation we are looking to capture on film. I want to make it clear, I will have each lesson portion prepared to teach, but the conversation and questions brought forth by the members of the bible study will be unscripted. My goal is to film the true concerns of everyday life that we all deal with. The conversation, the questions will all be sincere thoughts and concerns that hopefully everyone watching will be able to relate to.
When I say everyone, my goal is to have an on camera group that represents the entire viewing audience. I am looking to include people of different age groups, financial and social backgrounds, believers and non-believers, as well as members that are married and single. I want this production to be relevant to everyone's walk in life.
You maybe asking yourself at this point, why am I doing this? Why produce a video series? The simplest answer I can give you is that i truly feel called to teach this lesson. This specific lesson has been placed on my heart for many years and I believe that all people can benefit from it. So I wish to provide this in a format that can reach all people. Over the past 10 years, I have been asked many times by Christians that find themselves in difficult situations "what is the importance of being a part of a small group?" I truly feel that in this particular type of teaching, people are able to grow deeper in God. We all need to learn by being able to relate to the information, and through discussion, relating is possible. I am hoping the filmed discussion times will echo the thoughts and questions that are on each viewer's heart, and by watching they can better relate, and grow deeper in their faith.
I want to reassure all who are considering supporting this series, all money donated will go to the purchasing of equipment and the rental of space to film the each session. the proposed goal amount covers the cost of all equipment and enough studio time to film the first 2 series (Romans and Jesus). If the initial goal is reached, I will be offering downloadable copies of the lessons at a small fee as to pay for the production of the final two series. If all costs are covered, I will offer the entire project free for download. I am not looking to make any money off of this project personally. I am very happy to be volunteering my time to bring to life such a valuable lesson series.