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(Review of Paperback and DVD Vol. 13) Israel's Mission: Becoming a Kingdom of Priests in a Prodigal World by Ray Vander Laan with Stephen and Amanda Sorenson

Publication Date: DVD Vol. 13, published June 4, 2015. Paperback book published July 14, 2015.
Publisher: Zondervan
Genre: Nonfiction, mission work, grace, God's story.
Pages: 208 pages.
Source: Free paperback book and DVD, from Litfuse Publicity Group and Zondervan.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

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What's your mission?

God gave the assignment to His people thousands of years ago: to bring "lost sheep" back into the love and safety of His kingdom. He said to become a "Kingdom of Priests," and put God on display to show the world what He is like. It's still our task today. In this thirteenth volume of the That the World May Know ® film series, you'll glimpse the urgency and rewards of welcoming the strangers and prodigals the Lord longs to embrace. Discover the mission that can give your life - and the lives of those around you - greater meaning than you ever imagined.

Join renowned teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan as he guides you through the lands of the Bible. In each lesson, Vander Laan illuminates the historical, geographical, and cultural context of the sacred Scriptures. Filmed on location in the Middle East and elsewhere, the That the World May Know ® film series will transform your understanding of God and challenge you to be a true follower of Jesus.

Filmed on location at these Biblically significant sites in Israel and Jordan:

-Back to the Father's House - Negev Desert
-Show Them the Way - Timnah
-Prodigal Sons and Daughters - Qatzrin
-Return from the Far Off Country - Jerash
       -Welcome Home - Qatzrin

Israel's Mission Ray Vander Laan
The five lessons:

  1. Abraham, Sarah, and Three Strangers.
  2. Israel at Sinai: The First Great Commission.
  3. Jesus Renews The Mission: Seeking The Lost.
  4. The Lost Son: In A Far Country.
  5. The Seeking Father: The Lost Son Returns. 

Each lesson is about 30 to 35 minutes in length. The total length time on the DVD is 175 minutes.

My Thoughts:
From the first moment of lesson one and throughout all five lessons, I was engaged.
Ray Vander Laan is the speaker and teacher. He leads a small group of people to a remote archaeological place in a Bible land area, and teaches them the Bible story as it relates to God's plan for mission outreach to the world.
Vander Laan relates the Old Testament and New Testament in how God's plan has been unchanged from the beginning. God did not give up on man when we sinned, but created a redemption plan.
He is an animated speaker. He has a passion for the subject and this is infectious to the audience.
It is rare for me to be taught by a teacher who teaches with such dynamic enthusiasm.
The cinematography is breath taking. The camera sweeps the whole lens of the terrain, and takes a close-up look at particular geographical spots and archaeological places.
The lessons pertain to the society and culture of the Bible characters, but also other people groups are examined.
The stories examined in Volume 13 are:
  • Patriarchal society and what this meant in the wider scope of God's plan.
  • Ruth and Boaz. Boaz was Ruth's kinsman redeemer. 
  • The three men who visited Abraham and his gift of fine flour. 
  • The story of Gomer in the book of Hosea. 
  • Parables of the Lost Coin, Lost Sheep, and Prodigal Son.  

I'm excited to recommend this DVD and workbook for individual use, or group use.

The workbook completes the study on the five lessons. At the end of each DVD lesson, the viewer is prompted to work on the accompanying lesson in the workbook.
In the workbook, after the introduction chapter, are five lessons that accompany the five DVD lessons. In each lesson, it is broken down further by five shorter sessions. Each session is about two pages in length.
Each chapter ends with a "Think About It," "Reflection," and a verse to "Memorize."
Each larger lesson incorporates a deeper teaching on Bible culture, and other points of further explanation.
My first thought in reading through the workbook, is this is an excellent study to teach a new Christian, or a longtime Christian, the story of the whole Bible and how it blends and completes one another. It shows God's Kingdom plan. It shows God's big story of salvation.