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Product Review: Following Jesus

Rose Publishing has issued a pamphlet entitled, “Following Jesus.” This pamphlet is a welcome basket to the New Believer. It covers the fundamentals of Christian Conduct after accepting the Gift of Salvation. The pamphlet contains 11 pages of actual content briefly covering topics regarding Spiritual Gifts/Disciplines, Christian Living, and the Reliability of the Christian Faith.

This pamphlet reminds the New Believe to strive for “progress and not perfection” because becoming a true disciple does not occur immediately. Forgiveness, repentance, and the assurance of Salvation with scriptural references are briefly addressed to help reassure New Believers can be forgiven when they sin after repenting from a sincere heart. The four “P”s (Praise, Provide, Pardon, and Protect) structure as it relates to The Lord’s Prayer to aid New Believers to stay connected to God.

Additionally, suggestive scriptural readings are prescribed with a recommended criteria to follow while reading these scriptures to obtain the most out of a biblical study. The importance of fellowship, tithing, and evangelism are emphasized. It also addresses the concerns that most New Believer have regarding the authority/reliability of the Bible, evidence of the Resurrection, and answering the question if Jesus is the only way for salvation.

I believe this pamphlet would work well in New Membership Classes or as a tool to utilize when evangelizing. I believe the pamphlet could explore certain topics deeper for clarity. Overall, I would recommend this to teachers or spiritual leaders who interact with those who seek to learn more about following Jesus.

Product Review: Pursuing Jesus

The “Pursuing Jesus” pamphlet is very similar to the “Following Jesus” pamphlet. “Pursing Jesus” is a revised, more contemporary version of “Following Jesus” geared towards appealing to the youth. The layout, format, and overall design is edgier and more colorful. The length is the same. While still scripturally based, there are less scriptures while maintaining scriptural references and has more of a questions and answers layout.

While I do appreciate that this has been designed with teens in mind, the graphic design and fonts used would not give you the impression of Christian pamphlet at first glance, but something that you would see to advertisement a secular Halloween flyer. The font used for headers appear as scratches in blood red color. The cover display a female face that is pale with wide horizontal stripe of red across the eyes and a wide vertical stripe that comes down the middle.

The same questions used in “Following Jesus” are used and sometimes re-worded in “Pursing Jesus.” As in the previous pamphlet, there are suggested scriptural references provided for memorization. As I have been seeking content for my Teen Sunday School class, I wanted to review both products. Initially, I believed “Pursing Jesus” was a continuous of “Following Jesus.” This is not the case they are virtually the same product. Overall, I prefer “Following Jesus” over the “Pursing Jesus” pamphlet because I like the layout, format, and overall design better for teaching. Both products are good for introducing New Believers to Christ. I would recommend it be used in small group settings to facilitate discussions about what it means to be a Christian.

Product Review: Romans

Rose Publishing has produced a PowerPoint presentation on the Book of Romans. The PowerPoint contains a menu for ease of navigating the different topics. It provides historical information including classifying the challenges within the culture and environment during that era. The background of Apostle Paul, the writer of the epistle, is explored including his conversion to Christianity. Additionally, there are maps to trace the Apostle Paul’s journeys as he traveled to preach the Gospel. Furthermore, this presentation includes discussion questions, worksheets, and handouts.

The Apostle Paul had a three-fold purpose for writing this epistle: missionary, pastoral, and atonement. Throughout the Book of Romans, Paul wrote the epistle using colloquialisms that the audience in Rome would be familiar with such as slavery. Subsequently, the themes of this epistle addressed redemption/ransom, atonement, and justification using slavery colloquialisms would be ideal since many of the citizens were enslaved. Paul endeavored to promote the message that salvations was available to both the Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews). It also explores God’s righteousness, God’s right to judge and save, along with the power of the Gospel.

I thoroughly enjoyed this PowerPoint presentation. It is the perfect teaching tool for leaders to use in Bible Study or Sunday School. It covers the Book of Romans very well and highlights themes in a functional and fundamental manner. I would definitely recommend this to spiritual leaders or lay persons interested in studying the Book of Romans.

Product Review: How to Share Your Faith – The Plan of Salvation

The “How to Share Your Faith – The Plan of Salvation” pamphlet provides a roadmap through the Plan of Salvation. It examines the elementary components within the Plan of Salvation and clarifies the roles of the Godhead and Ambassadors for Christ. I believe this helps novice evangelist obtain a healthier outlook when sharing the Gospel. The Good News is properly defined, supporting Scriptures are provided, and diagrams illustrate biblical principles brilliantly.

There is emphasis on spreading the Good News while being mindful to present the message without judgment or condemnation. It also does not suggest fear or emotional tactics such as the “fire and brimstone” methods. It explains that Ambassadors for Christ will only be effective when spread the Gospel through God’s love. This is key because there are many people who seek to spread the Gospel but it is going on death’s ears because of how they are presenting the message.

Overviews of the fall of man, Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, and God’s ability to make all things new delivers simplified message to share with others. It promotes the use of spiritual disciplines for continuous spiritual growth so that we may be used as Instruments of God and God’s Promises.

This is a good introductory pamphlet on “how to share your faith effectively.” It would definitely be beneficial to people who have a passion to evangelize and witness yet lack experience and understanding. I believe it would be a great point of reference and quite beneficial by utilizing simplified explanations of the biblical principles.