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Are you looking to inspire your Small Group to share?
Share their story. Share their lives. Share Christ’s love.
The ‘I Am Second Conversation Kit’ will bring introduce your group to the stories of famous people throughout culture who have encountered our personal God, been radically transformed and are now challenged to make God first in their lives. Now, they’re second.
This DVD-based study includes:
- Six video sessions of real people telling their stories – 8-12 min each
- Covers topics such as: relationships, struggles and success
- A conversation guide: with engaging discussion questions and biblical lessons
- Access to more online content:
o Sermon outlines
o Training films
o Free downloads
This is not a small group study that nurtures with self-centred dissections that go round in circles. It’s bold, radical, in your face and utterly inspiring. If you are longing to make disciples, this is a great training course for sharing the gospel – Jesus’ redemptive power in action, in your life’s, in your group, in your community.
One conversation guide is included in ‘the Conversation Kit’, but if you require more they are available below in the ‘Related Items’ section.
Total Running Time: 90 minutes
I Am Second Conversation Kit by Dave Sterrett; Doug Bender; Mike Jorgensen was published by Thomas Nelson in October 2012 and is our 27034th best seller. The ISBN for I Am Second Conversation Kit is 9781401675783.
A Simple Concept - Now a Life Changing Movement
Posted: Thursday, October 18th
Life is so short and so urgent and we have a need to share the hope that we have with people who have no clue.
The I Am Second book is for inspiring the revolution of second among both believers and nonbelievers.
You gotta read it, check it out it's even more detailed than the films go.
They're are real-life stories and the mess that went with it and that's what makes them powerful and gripping.
And they go to the heart of why we're here and what we can be doing to serve the lord and people are moved by them.
They will look at their lives and say you know what, life is not done with me, there is hope I can live for Christ, I can have purpose, I can have meaning in my life and I believe through reading this book people are going to be changed.
So not matter what part of life they found themselves in it will challenge them to consider to think what their life might look like if Jesus was first.
You can have people that for once are saying I can connect with the story, maybe they read that one chapter over and over again which they connected with then they will go and share this book with others who are going to be able to connect with the specific stories that are in here because it's all powerful moments.
Any reader will come away from it inspired and hopefully thinking that that's the type of relationship they can have with Christ as well.
Sometimes what gets lost in the whole debate is that God is a personal God and these are the stories of people who have personally interacted with Him and their lives have been radically altered as a result of that.
To put it in perspective I am really second and Christ is first, His word is first, His love is first, His blood is first and now for me I am second and I enjoy it, thats who I'm meant to be I'm meant to be second.
He mended my heart.
He used my addiction for good.
He made it easier every day.
He was my only hope.
I know that that i'm not alone.
He's truth, He's security.
He changed my life.
“The I Am Second Conversation Kit has been molded to suit small groups around the world who are outward focused to inspire, encourage and motivate a revolution called ‘second’.”
“Split into 6 sessions, your small group will meet famous faces, sports stars, business people, musicians and many others as they explain how their lives have changed from being first to becoming second. You’ll watch and listen to personal testimonies, discover their incredible power they have when they connect with your mind and your heart, and encourage you to begin sharing your story.”
“Each video is between 8 to 12 minutes long, and with the discussion questions and biblical content provided in the kit within the Conversation Guide, your sessions will last as long or as short as you wish. Extra guides are available to buy if you want, but are not required to run the sessions. Help your group discover their hidden story by putting Jesus first.”
Have you noticed lately that more and more high-quality, creative, YouTube based videos are appearing in our Church culture. They mirror how the world is obsessed with watching YouTube-like videos.
This is Christ reflecting today’s media-driven culture. Should we buy into it?
HOW YOUTUBE BEGAN:
YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, all of whom were employees of PayPal. They bought the domain name on 14th February, 2005, received a generous investment from an American venture capital firm for $11.5 million and started their business journey in an office above a Japanese restaurant in San Mateo, California.
The very first video to be uploaded to the video-sharing website was called ‘Me at the Zoo’, uploaded on 23rd April 2005. The original video shows the founders trip to their local zoo and can still be viewed today.
In October 2006, corporate giant Google Inc announced to the world they had bought YouTube for $1.65 billion in Google’s stocks. To give you an idea of how much the website has grown, here’s a few figures:
· In July 2006, YouTube had 65,000 new videos being uploaded every day, and the site was receiving 100 million views a day.
· Now, YouTube say that roughly 60 hours of content is uploaded every minute, and the site is receiving 4 billion views per day.
WHAT MEDIA-BASED MINISTRY IS DOING:
The video-sharing phenomenon is hard to miss. Nearly every website, blog or ecommerce site will have a link on almost every page to a YouTube video (or other video-sharing website). The majorities of videos on YouTube are uploaded by individuals, but the site has become a springboard for advertising.
Every company, business, charity, organisation and even most churches under the sun has a YouTube channel full of marketing campaigns to bombard viewers with whatever they’re selling. For churches, videos have become a means to draw people in using a familiar format to give information, upload sermons, share community photos/videos and evangelise.
It’s the last one ‘I Am Second’ falls under. Recently the organisation ran a video campaign alongside the biggest sporting event in America’s calendar – The Super Bowl. It encouraged people to share their testimonial videos after football games, giving people opportunities to talk about topics and share their stories.
Even the Mormon Church has jumped on the bandwagon. They produced several advertisements for YouTube (which play before the video you’ve clicked on), showcasing face American faces in their home and working life. The videos connects their faith with what they do and are incredibly well produced.
I AM SECOND – IS IT FOR YOU:
Whether you buy into YouTube or not, Media-Based Ministries serve a valuable purpose. They reach into technology everyone uses and explain the Gospel to them.
Remember, these are the people who might never walk into a church.
‘I Am Second’ are a high-quality, low-content video. They don’t centre around the Gospel, they centre around life experience. So, they are naturally subjective. There message is simple and easy to connect with: “here is my life story, I was a mess, I encountered the living God, now he is transforming me, now I am second”.
If you are looking for biblical, gospel-driven teaching for committed Christian or those seeking to explore Christianity – ‘I am Second’ isn’t for you. However, if you’re looking for engaging life stories to inspire and motivate Christians into sharing their stories or an evangelism video for everyday people – ‘I Am Second’ is for you.
Videos are fantastic tools for teaching, for advertising and for raising awareness. It’s estimated that in 2007, YouTube used up as much bandwidth as the entire internet did in 2000. That’s mind-blowing!
Should we use DVD-Based studies, what are the pro’s and con’s, and what makes this one special?
THE POWER OF THE TV SCREEN:
The average attention span of a modern human being is said to be around 40 minutes. It’s advised that after you’ve lost your focus on the task that requires your attention you should take a rest or do a different activity which changes your mental focus.
Sitting in a small group where one person regurgitates information at you is difficult. After that 40 minute period you have a choice: re-focus or switch off. The average of modern lifestyle means that most of us work, so small groups tend to be on a weekday evening. Tired people walk into a warm, cozy house after a long days work, get offered tasty snacks and a cuppa, sink into a comfortable sofa and the drift in and out of sleep when the important stuff starts.
With DVD-Based studies your focus changes from watching a TV screen, often with music and eye-grapping footage, to a person’s voice in the room. Your mental capacity to withhold your attention is given support by this change in focus. Your group has a much better chance of engaging, absorbing and applying the teaching in this environment then just talking.
RELIANCE ON TECHNOLOGY:
It may seem obviously that we rely on technology, but by how much?
We’ve all sat through sermons when the video/powerpoint failed to work. The preacher is left sweating in front of his expectant congregation without his planned material. Their mouth goes dry, the nervous giggles start, the inappropriate jokes begin and the panicked techno team begins randomly plugging and unplugging wires until something happens on the screen.
It’s wise to have a back up, just in case your beloved technology fails you. But when you’ve bought a DVD-based study that relies on the group having watched the video everything falls apart.
I AM SECOND – LOW CONTENT, HIGH PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:
‘I Am Second’ is a collection of powerful testimonies with cool editing and lighting. They all have a clear connecting theme:
· My life was a mess
· I encountered the living God
· God is transforming me
· Now: I am 2nd, and he is 1st
There’s no Gospel message, no salvation explanation, no theological description of ‘being saved’ – just personal experience. This is something I would call low content, designed to connect with non-Christians.
This low content is the main criticism of the course. It cuts out the main message and makes the gospel nice. C.S. Lewis said:
“A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world”. – C.S. Lewis
The message in the videos is more – God helps us with our issues, addictions and sufferings. Instead of the original outworking of the Gospel, being salvation. Thus the message has been flipped over, beginning with what God does for us instead of what God has done for us through his Son.
‘I Am Second’ calls itself a revolution. It seeks to inspire people to share their videos to the people they think it will benefit. It seeks to inspire people to tell their own stories of how God has transformed their lives. But it’s not the complete Gospel; it’s a powerful stepping stone in our technological world towards Jesus.
If inspirational and powerful testimonies are what you’re after, ‘I Am Second’ has bags and bags of it. But if you’re after DVD teaching material we’d suggest anything by Tim Keller or John Ortberg.
|Running Time||90 mins|
|Author / Artist||Dave Sterrett; Doug Bender; Mike Jorgensen|
|Publisher||Thomas Nelson (October 2012)|
|Additional Information||Contains DVD video|
|Number of Pages||90|
|Page last updated||28th March 2018|