Learning with Foundations21 extra resources

Below you'll find extra resources and links cited in the books Learning with Foundations21: Jesus and Learning with Foundations21: Prayer.

Session handouts


We've also put all of the links below so you can look at the content online easily, rather than having to copy and paste.

Learning with Foundations21: Jesus

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The Jews were hungry for their Messiah. They expected him to come as a mighty warrior to defeat their oppressors, the Romans. Watch the trailer for Batman Begins.

Do you think it was this type of vigilante, legendary figure that the Jews were hoping for?

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Think about the various aspects of Jesus’ Messiahship that we have touched upon. Which one has had the most impact on you this week? Finish by reflecting on the quotation below.

Jesus is also called 'son of David'. David was remembered as Israel's most successful king, who made the nation peaceful and prosperous.

But that had been long ago. The Jews had grown hungry for a new David, a leader to make them great again and give them fresh hope.

So the title 'son of David' is not just about ancestry. It is a job description. Through Jesus the kingly power of God will be made known in Israel. That is why he was called 'Messiah'. The word means 'anointed', a person marked out by God for a special task. In Greek - the language Matthew wrote - the word for 'anointed' is our word 'Christ'. Jesus Christ was God's anointed leader, a new David, the shepherd King who would show the loving rule of God.

From The People's Bible Commentary - Matthew, John Proctor, BRF

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If you want to find out more about the term logos, here is a list of sites that go into more detail of John’s theology of Jesus as the logos of God.

More on the Logos
Here are a range of sites which take you in much more detail into the theology of John's message, that Jesus is the 'logos' of God.

This site a very good starting point which allows you to go deeper or not. It picks up on the 'bridge- building' significance of 'logos', which was used within Greek philosophy, Jewish Wisdom literature, as well as in both Aramaic and Hellenistic Jewish spiritual writings of the 1st century.
If you don't look at anything else, read this!

This site is a straightforward paralleling of Jewish and Greek threads within St John's prologue.

Read this article on John 1 – Christ is Indispensable. Here is a lovely sermon-style commentary on the opening chapter of John's Gospel, pointing to the supremacy of Christ.

James Patrick Holding of Tektonics goes DEEPLY into the Wisdom literature of the Bible to explain the connection of Jesus to the Father. This is difficult but immensely rewarding, if you want to go this far.

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Watch the following clip, which talks about the fact that Jesus was a real man.

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This website includes a list of all Jesus' parables. If you have time, look up one or two examples - though not the sower this time.

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If you would like to, take a look at this website, which contains some ‘modern-day’ examples of parables. Read a couple and then think about whether you find them effective.

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Read below for further ideas about what the parable about the sower could mean, such as the soils being various moments in Israel’s history.

The parable of the sower or the parable of the soils - another way of looking at this parable

The soils of the story could refer to key moments in Israel's ancient history.

For example, the path could refer to the failure of the Israelites to listen to God (through Moses) on their journey through the wilderness, after the Exodus from Egypt.

The rocky ground might be the superficiality of life under many of Israel's kings.

Then there is the choked soil. Jesus may be getting a little close to speaking about their own religious leaders here. It could be interpreted as saying that the ways in which the Law is used is choking the nation's ability to relate to God.

Now, Jesus is claiming to be both the seed and the soil for a revolution in Israel's fortunes.

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Watch this video, Jesus the 'I am' which is a montage of each of the 'I am' sayings of Jesus.

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Watch the following video about a Jew who found Jesus. He explains how it was a process for him:
Jesus is Yeshua.

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Look at these stories of what it means to people to be a Christian today.

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Watch this video about being on a faith journey, and make the prayer your own: Journey of Faith.

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Read the Starfish Story

The Starfish, adapted from a story by Loren Eisley

One day, after a particularly rough storm, a man was walking along the beach. He saw a young man picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Curious, he asked, "What are you doing?"

The youth replied, "Throwing the starfish back into the ocean.

The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them back, they'll die."

"Don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can't make a difference!"

After listening politely, the young man bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said...

"I made a difference for that one."

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Watch the following video: Blind man. Think how the blind man must have felt, and how those around him must have felt too!

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Damaris is an online resource full of ideas about connecting Jesus’ message with popular culture.

Listen to this story of a woman meeting Jesus through intense suffering: 'Signs in Jerusalem today' How do you respond to this?

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Watch this video in which believers describe how they feel about Jesus. Now spend some time describing what being a disciple of Jesus means for each of you today.

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Listen to the song by Graham Kendrick, 'In you we live', here and reflect on the words printed on the site. (Go to Songs and scroll down.)

Watch the video Holistic Gospel and reflect on how you feel about it. Do you agree with what is being said? If so, think about how that should affect your life.

Learning with Foundations21: Jesus Bibliography


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Learning with Foundations21: Prayer

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Watch the following video of prayer around the world.

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Listen here to what others say about prayer as relationship: Prayer is 'Love Actually'

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Now listen to a song about prayer; 'Private Temple' by Karl Kohlhase. Go here for the lyrics. To listen select the picture of the album cover and download the MP3 file from the 'Through the Dark' CD.

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Watch the following video of Jonny Baker talking about the three types of prayer that he uses.

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Watch this video to get you thinking.

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Choose a piece of art to look at and meditate upon. You can use one of the images from prayer windows or do your own online search.

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In the video, Philip talks about being 'chore conscious' in our own home, but in someone else’s garden we can just ‘be’, free to concentrate on communing with God.

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Think about possible prayer reminders to try, such as daily emails from a Christian group or a prayer calendar. See CSW for an example.

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There are many ways you can keep your prayer times full of life and spontaneity. Watch this video of Elaine Storkey talking about what to do when God feels far away.

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It can build faith to hear stories of God’s power at work in everyday lives. Spend some time researching news sites for instances of this. To get you started, here are a couple of stories: From the Daily Telegraph and from BBC news. Do read and discuss what you think about them.

If you have time, you could also take a look at websites that show prayer requests and their answers, such as the answers and testimonies tab on a site called prayerrequests.

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Watch this Bill Drake video about the 10/40 window.

Share what in the video touched you most. Pray for the countries in the 10/40 window. You can find a list of them here

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Prayer needn’t be dull! Watch this video about the 24/7 prayer initiative.

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If you want to, go to the cross rhythms site and add a prayer into the 'intercession room'.

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Watch this video about a woman who acted out of love.

Learning with Foundations21: Prayer - Bibliography


Messy Church resources
Bible Reflections for Older People - September 2018