Sunday, September 27, 2015

"intersect" dvd review

Where is God in the unexpected things of life? In the good and the bad? Intersect is a tool that can be used to start discussions about God's role in our lives.

Follow the journey of five individuals as they tell authentic stories of circumstances that have forced them to examine how God might fit into their lives.

This five-week small group resource helps spark spiritual conversations. Starting spiritual conversations with those outside of the church is a worthy, yet often difficult and intimidating task. Intersect was designed to help overcome those barriers. It is an easy-to-use resource, perfect for sharing with co-workers, friends, neighbors, and family to enter into meaningful conversations.

Each film is accompanied by thought-provoking questions designed to encourage participants to examine the world in which they live and the life they are pursuing, always ending with a conversation on how Jesus intersects the current topic. Allow this powerful new film resource to engage those you are in relationship with and then propel them forward in their next step with Jesus.

Intersect contains five short (approximately 5 minutes each) films that cover different topics: expectation, rest, disappointment, trust, and control. Each film focuses on one person's story, which illustrates the topic. The DVD comes with a study guide that includes questions to ask before and after the film is shown.

I enjoyed this DVD. It's intended to foster discussion, and it doesn't dive deep into scripture; instead, it gets people thinking about their lives and how God might fit in. As the films progress, they become more spiritually oriented. The first film, "Expectations," talks about how life doesn't go as we plan, and that's something that everyone can relate to. By the last film, "Control," God's role in our lives is clearly discussed. I think that progression of slowly making the films more spiritually oriented is good—you won't scare people off with the first film, and by the last, they might be seriously thinking about how God could fit into their lives.

I think Intersect would be great for a youth group or small group setting where people are exploring their faith. It's not meant to be an in-depth study for mature believers, but it could be an excellent tool for starting a conversation with friends and neighbors who are not Christians. 4 stars.

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Rob Peabody left his position as lead campus pastor of a mega-church in Texas in 2011 and moved with his wife, Medea, and their two sons to the U.K. He is now the co-founder and director of Awaken, a non-profit organization that exists to provide resources and creativity to the church and reach Londoners in their 20s and 30s with the Gospel. This work is commissioned by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and in partnership with the Church of England.

Peabody also currently serves as a missional consultant for multiple church networks. He appears regularly at the Spring Harvest conferences in Great Britain and will be leading a new upcoming national U.K. conference for young adults called The Pursuit.

In addition, Peabody has written a small-group film series entitled
Kingdom Rise (2013), as well as the book Citizen: Your Role in the Alternative Kingdom (2014).

Connect with Rob Peabody at his online home at, like the Awaken Movement on Facebook (awakenmovement) or follow Rob on Twitter (@AwakenRob and @awakenmovement).

Cris Rogers is a writer, pastor, speaker and church visionary. In 2010, Rogers planted a church in the poorest area of London with a dream for it to be an explosion of joy within the tower block estate in which he works.

Follow Cris Rogers on Twitter (@RabbiRogers).

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this DVD free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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