By Gerard Chrispin
Day One. £15.00 (Main Book); £4.00 (Correspondence Course); £4.00 (Discussion Course); £20.00 (complete set)
ISBN 978 1 846 252 846
These books are intended to encourage faith in God through Jesus Christ. They are a clear explanation of the Gospel of Mark (who Jesus is, why he came, and what it means to follow him), have the strengths of simplicity and clarity, and assume no prior knowledge of the Bible.
It is designed to be used in different ways, either alone, or in a group. The core of the material is the Main Book. The Gospel is divided into 52 sections, along with explanations of key points. Each section concludes with three questions to help understanding. For those with little English, or with reading difficulties, there are four audio CDs. There are also plentiful notes on how to use the course to best effect, again with uncomplicated clarity, and the book finishes with a brief page of suggestions about further study.
The two other books are tied closely to the Main Book, and offer different ways of doing the course. One is the Discussion Course, which facilitates a group use of the material and contains help for organisers, leaders, and participants. The whole Gospel may be covered, or particular sections at different times, e.g. cross and resurrection at Easter. You will need the Main Book as well as the Discussion Course book.
The other alternative, for those who would like to do it as individuals, is the Correspondence Course, in which each of the 52 sections is covered by a page of multiple choice questions, which are then returned for marking and comment. Successful entrants receive a Diploma. Each section also has three questions to provoke deeper thought, and participants may choose one of these to go deeper. Again, the Main Book would be needed as well.
This course was developed as part of the author’s work in prisons, and would be of significant use to those who use English as their second language, or those who struggle with it as their first language. Yet the truth of the gospel is never sacrificed for simplicity. This is a useful tool indeed in a day when men, women and young people need encouraging to get their noses into God’s word. May the Lord of the harvest bless its use.