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Old Testament Challenge Volume 1: Creating a New Community: Life-Changing Stories from the Pentateuch

By John Ortberg (Author)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.78" Width: 10.15" Height: 3.33"
Weight:   4.92 lbs.
Release Date   Aug 5, 2003
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310248914  
EAN  9780310248910  
UPC  025986248918  

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The Old Testament Challenge (OTC) is a turn-key program to help everyone in your church understand and apply the Old Testament. Participants experience the content in multiple contexts; through sermons, group discussions and personal devotions. This 32-week series is designed for churches to teach, study, and discuss the entire Old Testament over a 9-month period.

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Discover the Life-Changing Relevance of the Old TestamentThis dynamic program takes your church on an eye-opening, heart-searching journey through Scripture on three interlocking levels: -Whole congregation---The major themes of the Old Testament snap into focus during 32 weeks of creative and powerful messages that take your entire congregation through the Old Testament.-Small groups---Truths taught in corporate worship get reinforced through discussion and relationship. Small groups dig deeper into God's Word and apply it to their daily lives.-Individual---The Scriptures get up-close-and-personal as each participant takes a life-transforming journey through the first two-thirds of the Bible using the Taking the Old Testament Challenge individual reading guide. This threefold approach will drive the truths of Scripture deep into the heart and life of each participant, with applications designed to turn lessons into lifestyles and principles into practice.Creating a New Community: Life-Changing Stories from the PentateuchFrom the beginning to the end of our lives, we hunger for community. It's not just how we were created---it's why God, who enjoys relationship within his being as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, designed us to reflect his nature through loving and life-giving relationship with him and with each other. Only by participating in God's plan for community can the longing of our hearts be satisfied. These nine interweaving messages, small group studies, and personal study assignments search the Pentateuch to reveal God's passionate desire for intimacy with his people and among his people. Volume one of Old Testament Challenge educates through action, not just words. It's an exciting new approach for helping the people in your church move closer to God and to each other.Old Testament Challenge Vol. 1 kit includes: -Teaching Guide with materials for 9 OTC messages-9 messages by John Ortberg on audio CD -DVD and VHS video (use either format) presenting an OTC 'vision-casting' message by John Ortberg and 4 creative video elements for use during OTC messages-Discussion Guide with 9 lessons for small groups that follow the OTC sermons-CD-Rom that includes: 9 PowerPoint presentations to use with each OTC message, 10 FAQ resources about the Old Testament, and the 'Are You an Old Testament Expert?' interactive game.-Taking the Old Testament Challenge reading guide with a 40-week (and optional 32-week) reading plan-Implementation Guide for launching Old Testament Challenge in your churchAll materials except audio CD sermons by John Ortberg also sold separately.Other Old Testament Challenge kits -Kit 2---Stepping Out in Faith: Life-Changing Examples from the History of Israel (7 Sessions)-Kit 3---Developing a Heart for God: Life-Changing Lessons from the Wisdom Books (8 Sessions)-Kit 4---Pursuing Spiritual Authenticity: Life-Changing Words from the Prophets (8 Sessions)

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More About John Ortberg

John Ortberg

John Ortberg is the senior pastor at Menlo Church. John's teaching centers aroundhow faith in Christ can impact our everyday lives with God. He has written books onspiritual formation including, The Life You've Always Wanted, Who is This Man?, The Me I Want To Be, Soul Keeping, and most recently, All The Places To Go. John teachesaround the world at conferences and churches.

Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, John graduated from Wheaton College with adegree in psychology. He holds a Master of Divinity and doctorate degree in clinicalpsychology from Fuller Seminary, and has done post-graduate work at theUniversity of Aberdeen, Scotland. Prior to joining Menlo Church, John served asteaching pastor at Chicago's Willow Creek Community Church.

John Ortberg currently resides in the state of Illinois.

John Ortberg has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Softcover Originals
  2. New Community
  3. Pursuing Spiritual Transformation
  4. Renovare Resources
  5. Truth for Today: From the Old Testament

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
disappointed  Nov 3, 2009
I have used other products by John Ortberg in the past and have been very impressed with the delivery and the level of teaching. The DVD for this series disappointed me. It does not contain any footage by John Ortberg. In addition to that, it seems to have a difficult time defining its audience. It goes from a video montage that seems like something I would receive as a chain email to a lecture type tensional and finally a segment that would hold the attention of Middle Schoolers. I did not feel that the video added the content I felt was needed to enhance the book study.
Outstanding Combination of Bible Exposition & Life Challenge  Apr 5, 2007
I used this to lead a small group study of the Old Testament (still on-going but we finished Volume 1). There are many pluses to using this material.
- The lectures are prepared and polished so that part of the weekly preparation is not a huge burden.
- John Ortberg is a very engaging teacher.
- The three books, taken together, provide a wide range of discussion materials ranging from "truth" to "life" so as to allow the leader to select where on this spectrum discussion needs to go. (Three books are the Reading Guide, Teaching guide, and Discussion Guide.)
- Although this is a whirlwind tour of the Old Testament, the lectures make a point of emphasizing the important issues. Many of the lectures focus on the aspects of daily life today (e.g., raising children, telling the truth to people around us, the events of Sept 11, 2001) that the Old Testament speaks directly to.

There are only a few minor annoyances:
- The Complete Track reading guide is not synchronized with the weekly lectures, so it really almost forces the reader to use the fast track reading guide.
- The lectures include occasional references to things projected at the time the lectures were given, but whatever was projected is not available on the included CD, leaving the listener wondering what was so funny.

All things considered, I highly recommend this as a small group study.

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