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The World We All Want

Tim Chester and Steve Timmis (Authentic Media, 2005)

Blurb Review by Steve McAlpine

Blurb

We all dream of a better world, a world of security, plenty and friendship. Christians believe that God promises just such a new world. The Bible is the story of God making that promise and keeping it. The World We All Want is for people who are interested in the message of the Bible. Developed by the Crowded House, The World We All Want is an evangelistic Bible overview.

the Bible story - The World We All Want presents the gospel through the Bible story. It presents the biblical worldview that people need if they are to understand the work of Christ. Moreover retelling the Bible story offers an engaging way of presenting the gospel to people today.

a community - often presentations of the gospel are individualistic, focusing on an individual's relationship with God. It then becomes difficult to teach people about the church except in functional terms or terms than contradict the message of grace. The focus of the Bible, however, is on God's plan to create a people who are his people. The World We All Want focuses on the communal nature of gospel in a way that naturally integrates the church into the message of the gospel.

a point of connection, the course begins by engaging with people's desire for a better world, showing how God promises such a world in the Bible and how Jesus gave us a glimpse of that world. This provides a natural point of contact with people; a common aspiration. It establishes at the beginning of the course a reason why the Bible story is so important. As the course develops, however, it makes it clear that this world cannot be human-centred, it must be God-centred.

The World We All Want has been designed so that it be used one-to-one, in small groups or 'Alpha-style'.It is ideal to use before or after other like Christianity Explored and Alpha. The course is already being used with people of different nationalities, different social classes and different ages from Aberdeen in Scotland to Tasmania in Australia.

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