Frequently Asked Questions
- Do we need another resource?
- Who is the course designed for?
- How does the course work?
- How long is the course?
- How long are the sessions?
- Is the teaching dry and academic?
- Do I have to lead the whole course without any breaks?
- What's the Q&A section all about?
- Are there pricing breaks for larger orders?
- How can the course be used?
- What if I don't agree with Grudem in some areas?
- Is there a leader's guide available?
- Can I get the sessions in audio format or for ipod?
- Do I have to buy the book Christian Beliefs, Bible Doctrine, or Systematic Theology to do the course?
- What's so special about the Christian Beliefs course?
- Can this course be used in an inner city urban context or is it just for the more educated?
- Why is there a website address on the DVD?
- Do I need a PayPal account to purchase this resource?
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1. Do we need another resource?
In many ways we have never had so many resources, there are books and curriculum for just about everything. And yet, a fair question to ask is whether the church displays the maturity, stability and devotion that's proportionate to the resources we have?
Jesus prayed that we would be sanctified and that this would happen through the truth. Christian Beliefs is not just another resource. It is a tool for our times, unprecedented in what it offers the modern church. Undiluted, well packaged—truth.
2. Who is the course designed for?
The course is appropriate for the full spectrum of believers, from new to mature believers, and even unbelievers. It is a perfect course to become established in the foundations of the faith. It is also excellent for older believers to grasp and experience afresh the heart and mind impact of these central teachings of the Bible.
One of the great strengths of this unique discipleship course is that the material can be accessed on a number of different levels. Indeed, many of the people you will see on camera in each session are themselves leaders of different churches and they all benefited from Dr. Grudem's outstanding teaching. Still others present were brand new in their faith. Each session covers the key elements of the doctrine to be considered and then has a follow up Q&A session where Dr. Grudem widens and deepens the discussion for leaders and for others on the course who may want to go deeper into God's Word.
3. How does the course work?
As well as the main sessions, which last approximately 35–40 minutes, there is a live Q&A section which can be used as an ice breaker, a recap, or as part of the ‘Going Deeper’ section in the study guide.
Each session can be either watched straight through or you can choose to play the session with automatic discussion breaks. These session breaks point you to the relevant questions in the study guide. Just press play to continue with the next section. Chapter menus also mean you can pick and choose if you want to watch something again, or just focus in on one particular point.
4. How long is the course?
The course has 20 sessions.
5. How long are the sessions?
Each session lasts for approximately 35–40 minutes.
6. Is the teaching dry and academic?
Christian Beliefs is most certainly not dry and academic! But neither is it anti-intellectual and ‘dumbed down’. Grudem delivers all the material you'll need to be established in the faith with warm illustrations and spiritual maturity that can only come from years of teaching experience with a wide range of people. Dr. Grudem's greatest appeal is not just his clarity but his passion, love and wisdom.
7. Do I have to lead the whole course without any breaks?
No. Many leaders run two to five sessions and then have a week on other teaching or social activities and then return to the course to keep variety. Others have done one session a month in their small groups or Sunday Schools. There is room for great flexibility with Christian Beliefs so that each leader can do what is most appropriate for their context.
8. What's the Q&A section all about?
The Q&A section works together with the ‘Going Deeper’ section at the end of each session. This section is for those who want to look a little deeper at the study and the Q&A questions help with this. Leaders will find these questions particularly helpful but feedback has shown that a variety of groups really enjoy the cut and thrust of the Q&A section!
9. Are there pricing breaks for larger orders?
Yes, there are discounts for multiple study guides. Different Ministry Packs are also available that have a selection of a DVD box set and study guides, the leader's guide, or other books from Dr. Grudem, with a discount over the original shop price. You can find the prices by clicking on the store link above.
10. How can the course be used?
The course has 20 sessions and can be taught in a variety of contexts including small groups, one-to-one mentoring, larger church sessions or just individual study. Each session is self contained. Please see the how to use this resource page.
11. What if I don't agree with Grudem in some areas?
Most people who hold an evangelical position would not have a problem with the majority of what Dr. Grudem teaches in these sessions. However, where Christians do differ on certain topics, Dr. Grudem gracefully shows the alternatives and why he holds to the position that he does. It is refreshing to hear a world class theologian occasionally say that he does not know, or that he appreciates and sees the merits of other views.
A key benefit of the course is that, although clear about the teachings of the Bible, one of the aims is to teach people how to think biblically, not just what to think. This is one of the things that wonderfully differentiates the church from cults. We are encouraged to be Bereans (Acts 17:11) and search the scriptures for ourselves. Dr. Grudem is a great model in these sessions of how to handle secondary issues gracefully.
If there is an area where you disagree with Dr. Grudem, let it spur you on to study the Word and clarify your position. If you are leading a group, do it together. The result will be iron sharpening iron.
12. Is there a leader's guide available?
Yes, you can download a leader's guide (PDF) which has plenty of excellent tips for using the course, together with suggested answers to all of the questions and suggested activities.
13. Can I get the sessions in audio format or for iPod?
The sessions are available for download in video format, which are suitable to play on video-capable iPods or iPhones. However, please download the free introduction first to check suitability with your player as we cannot guarantee playback on all devices.
Audio-only recordings of the sessions will be made available to download soon.
14. Do I have to buy the book Christian Beliefs, Bible Doctrine, or Systematic Theology to do the course?
No, the course stands alone. However, you may want to supplement your discipleship learning with these excellent books!
Ministry Packs are available in the store that bundle copies of these books together with a DVD set and some study guides, all at a discounted rate.
15. What's so special about the Christian Beliefs course?
There is not another course like this available today taught by such an eminent theologian as Wayne Grudem. Dr. Grudem makes profound theology accessible to all types of people whilst challenging those who are further on in the faith.
16. Can this course be used in an inner city urban context or is it just for the more educated?
Christian Beliefs has been used very successfully in the most deprived urban contexts. As long as the leader or discipler uses the pause button on the DVD to explain and answer and questions as they come up, this course is ideal for this context. Dr. Grudem does not get in the way of the clarity of scripture.
17. Why is there a website address on the DVD?
As can be seen on the trailer there is a website address behind Dr. Grudem. We originally put this on the DVD to help people find the Christian Beliefs resources as Clear Cut Media is a new ministry. With hindsight we think this was a mistake that we now regret. We feel it's tone is not in keeping with the grand topics that Dr. Grudem expounds. We have unsuccessfully tried to remove it from the background, and so whilst the feedback for the course has been overwhelmingly positive, we hope and pray that both the Lord and those watching the DVD would forgive this mistake.
18. Do I need a PayPal account to purchase this resource?
No. Whilst the method of payment used on this store is PayPal you do not need an account with them. When you confirm your order you will have a choice to login to an existing PayPal account or click on a link for those without such an account. This link takes you to a page where you can enter your credit card details. Please be aware that for security the delivery address has to be the same as the card holders address.