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The Rebel's Guide to The Good News DVD

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The Rebel's Guide to The Good News

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Cris Roger’s 6 part DVD invites you to re-join the 2000 year old rebellion started by the Jesus was so was uncomfortable with the world that had no choice but rebel against it and give everything to make a difference – with his whole life.

Though society now thinks of Jesus as the conventional picture of the world, in first century Palestine, Jesus was an outright rebel. And not for rebellions sake; he was so committed to the world that God revealed in the Bible that he was uncomfortable - to say the least, with how the whole thing was unfolding in reality.

He had no choice but present his alternative way of living and to do his best overthrow the status quo – with sacrificial love. He showed how to live out the daily rebellion of what it looks like when you live out the scriptures in a way that gives life to people’s relationship with him, their neighbours and God’s whole creation.

In the gospel records, Jesus talks about his message being just that - good news; and not just that he ‘died for our sins’ for a heaven in another world, but for something much more - a partnership with God, in this world!

So what happened to the rebellion? Isn’t the Church supposed to be co-conspirators in the biggest rebellion the world has ever seen, against sin, the world and the devil? How do we get back to the Rebel Jesus, the one that we’re supposed to be following and the rebellious Good News that we need to share with the world.

Cris Roger’s ‘The Rebel’s Guide to the Good News’ DVD is a 6 part short film resource looking at what is the Good News, how we share this message and how we live it out so that others see the true, deep and beautiful message that is truly ‘good’.

Cris Rogers says in his promo video: "Have you ever sat through some form of Christian gathering and thought to yourself, if this is Christianity, if this is the best that Christianity has to offer then I’m out of here.

"The reality is that hundreds and thousand of us have probably felt like the from time to time. But we need to remind ourselves that it’s actually all about Jesus. It’s not about the Church, it’s about him and his teaching.

"The question we need to be asking ourselves is how to we live it out in our daily lives. How do we speak the good news, be the good news, and do the good news. It’s so easy for us to simply fit into the world around us and become just like it. So often, instead of being distinctly different to the world, we conform and we fit in.

"Jesus was a rebel. He was so uncomfortable with how the world around him was panning out that he shoes to present an alternative way of living. He came to show us what it would look like to live out a daily rebellion. He came to show us what it would look like to live out the scriptures in such a way that it gave life to people in their relationships with others, with God and with creation.

"Jesus was a rebel. And as he stood up against the religious and political leaders his teachings cried out that they were living a lie. And Jesus called this the good news."

Six short sessions consist of:

What Is The Gospel?
Good News That Is An Explosion Of Joy
Good News That Is Unravelled
Good News That Is Powerful
Good News That Loiters
No Books But Empowered Communities

Cris Rogers says in his promo video: "Have you ever sat through some form of Christian gathering and thought to yourself, if this is Christianity, if this is the best that Christianity has to offer then I’m out of here.

"The reality is that hundreds and thousand of us have probably felt like the from time to time. But we need to remind ourselves that it’s actually all about Jesus. It’s not about the Church, it’s about him and his teaching.

"The question we need to be asking ourselves is how to we live it out in our daily lives. How do we speak the good news, be the good news, and do the good news. It’s so easy for us to simply fit into the world around us and become just like it. So often, instead of being distinctly different to the world, we conform and we fit in.

"Jesus was a rebel. He was so uncomfortable with how the world around him was panning out that he shoes to present an alternative way of living. He came to show us what it would look like to live out a daily rebellion. He came to show us what it would look like to live out the scriptures in such a way that it gave life to people in their relationships with others, with God and with creation.

"Jesus was a rebel. And as he stood up against the religious and political leaders his teachings cried out that they were living a lie. And Jesus called this the good news."

The Rebel's Guide to The Good News by Cris Rogers was published by Elevation in April 2013 and is our 15869th best seller. The ISBN for The Rebel's Guide to The Good News is ELE1906A.

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Jesus was a rebel who came to show us an alternative way of living. He came to model the counter-cultural daily rebellion of living out the Scriptures. He came to bring life to our relationship with God, our neighbours and creation. Jesus calls this message Good News. The Good News isn't just that Jesus died for our sins, it's much more than that. He saves us not just from something but for something. He saves us to partner with him as movement makers, revolution initiators and planet shakers. His Church is the co-conspirator in the biggest rebellion the world has ever seen, against sin, the world and the devil. How do we share and embody his Good News as an explosion of joy in our communities?

Including Bible study, discussion questions and prayer pointers, this six-part short film resource explores how we can be, say and do the gospel, so that others experience the deep and beautiful news that is truly good.

Sessions include:
What Is The Gospel?
Good News That Is An Explosion Of Joy
Good News That Is Unravelled
Good News That Is Powerful
Good News That Loiters
No Books But Empowered Communities

Transcript

In Mathew 16, Jesus takers his youth group to the temple of Baal located in Caesarea Philippi. The locals knew this place as the Gates of Hades. This was a place where sex was used as way of worship. Jesus takes his youth group to a lap dancing club of the day and says to Peter: “We’re going to start a church and even the gates of Hades nightclub will not stop them.”

"What is really awesome, is that150 years after this event, there’s no sight nor sound of the Temple of Baal but there’s a church right on the rock face. Jesus did in fact place a church in the Gates of Hades and they could not stop it. We need to take note; not just of what Jesus says but in where he says it.

"Jesus was never scared of locating himself in the dodgy, ungodly places. Jesus is so secure in who he is, he’s able to step into the grey areas and speak the truth. He isn’t afraid to put himself in the places where good rabbis wouldn’t. Jesus creates proximity in the reality of people’s lives to really speak good news into it. You see, for Jesus, the good news was never meant to be abstract or distant. It was concrete reality and his followers were meant to be good news too, in these questionable places."

A Church that follows Christ in joy - not as a burden of duty

In 137AB, a Greek Roman historian, Aristades, wrote:

“O, Emperor, the Christians have sought and found the truth for they acknowledge God.. They do not keep for themselves the goods entrusted to them. They do not covet what belongs to others, but they show love to their neighbours. They do not do to another what they would not have done to themselves. They speak gently to those who oppress them, and in this way they make their enemies into their friends, It has been their passion to good to their enemies.”

“They live in the awareness of their smallness. Every one of them who has anything gives ungrudgingly to those who have nothing. If any of them sees a homeless stranger, they bring them into their own home, under their own roof. If anyone becomes poor while the Christians have nothing to spare, then they fast two or three days until everyone can eat. In this way they supply for the poor exactly what they need. This, O Emperor, is the rule of life for the Christian This is how they live.”

What happened?

Cris’s dream is that the world will re-find itself. The problem, he says, is that in the church Jesus has a church full of believers when what he needs is a church full of disciples. As even the devil believes in Jesus, the church has largely become a ‘no news organisation’. Using the story of the good shepherd and Jesus’ picture of a shepherd so determined to find the wayward sheep, he describes how the shepherd is ‘filled with joy’ when he finds the lost sheep.

But in the Greek, the word used for joy is nearer to the effect of an atomic explosion that the kind of mild happiness we often imagine. Quoting Leslie Newbiggin, Cris describes the church as involved in mission more as a burden than an explosion of joy.

In refining what it means to be a disciple, his aim is be life giving rather than lethal. As an example he illustrates his point with the story of his friend, Rachel, whose new neighbours were Polish. Rachel found them in tears one day and heard the story of their migration from Poland to escape a regime of domestic abuse. Here they hadn’t the money to buy enough food to get through a week. Rachel’s response was to take the woman shopping in Tesco.

Afraid she couldn’t pay, Rachel assured the woman that she would pick up the bill – and did. Not only that, she assured the woman that that’s how it would be until the woman’s husband could earn enough to buy food for themselves.

This is a joy in Christ’s service. A rebellion of discipleship right down in those areas of life where the good news is made practical, tangible, hands-and-feet-dirty. Says Cris, this is what it would look like if we were able to embody the good news. This is the church that he wants the church to find within itself once again. This is what he would have future historians, like Aristades, say of our church.

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CD Track Listing and Samples


1) What Is The Gospel?
2) Good News That Is An Explosion Of Joy
3) Good News That Is Unravelled
4) Good News That Is Powerful
5) Good News That Loiters
6) No Books But Empowered Communities

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Page last updated 9th June 2014
Author / Artist
FormatDVD
PublisherElevation (April 2013)
Weight100g
ISBNELE1906A
Product Code4078879
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