Christianity Explored

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Christianity Explored is an informal Christian evangelistic teaching course developed by Rico Tice and Barry Cooper at All Souls Church, Langham Place, a leading Anglican church,[1] and published by The Good Book Company. The course is considered to stand within the conservative evangelical tradition.

Course outline and versions[edit]

The third edition of the course was published on 10 May 2011. The sessions are:

  1. Good News
  2. Identity
  3. Sin
  4. The Cross
  5. Resurrection
  6. Grace
  7. Come and Die

There is also a day away that features three bonus sessions: The Sower, James and John and Herod. Spin-offs include a youth version, revised in 2010 for two age groups: 11 to 14 years ("CY Nano") and 15 plus ("CY").[2] The seven session "Soul" DVD [3] is designed to work with CY, and can also be used as a stand-alone resource. There is a follow-on course entitled "Discipleship Explored", written and presented by Barry Cooper, and "English Made Easy" editions of both Christianity Explored and Discipleship Explored.[4] Christianity Explored publications are also available in Bulgarian, Dutch, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Luganda, Polish, Spanish, Swahili and Welsh. Translations in progress include French, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian and Swedish.[5] In 2011 the course, already being used in over 50 countries, was rolled out in the United States: it was endorsed by John Piper and Tim Keller.[6]

Use[edit]

The Church of England generally (e.g. in the 2003 publication "Evangelism - Which Way Now?") considers it, along with Alpha and the Emmaus Discipleship Course, as one of a "trinity" of courses covering all wings of the church. Other churches have also used the course: in 2006-7 the Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s board of youth and children's ministry used the youth version CY extensively with the Boys Brigades.[7] It has also been used in Asia, with leader training run by the Methodist Church in Singapore.[8]

The course is popular with conservative evangelical churches.[9]

Comparison with other evangelistic courses[edit]

Christianity Explored is distinguished from the Alpha Course by shorter videos in less formal settings, less charismatic emphasis on the Holy Spirit and by an expositional study of scripture – in this case Mark’s Gospel.[10] 9 Marks comments that Christianity Explored is "plainly an answer to the Alpha course". It says that the course does a "fairly good job of explaining the gospel clearly" but finds it over-full of material, and holds the view that "the use of the sinners' prayer and immediate assurance is ... troubling."[11] It credits Christianity Explored with "the best treatment of sin, giving it a whole session", along with a good treatment of grace and the atonement.[12] This is in agreement with (or perhaps derivative from) a 2001 article in the British Evangelical Council magazine which commended Christianity Explored, in direct contrast to Alpha, for its teaching on grace, penal substitution and the Holy Spirit.[13][14] The coarse has been described as a conservative evangelical alternative to the charismatic leanings of the Alpha Course.[15]

The 2003 book 'Evangelism: Which Way Now?' offers a detailed examination of the benefits and drawbacks of Christianity Explored amongst other evangelistic courses and approaches to evangelism.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All Souls Church (2008), What is Christianity Explored?, retrieved 31 December 2008 
  2. ^ CY is the evangelistic course for young people in the 21st century., 2007, retrieved 31 December 2008 
  3. ^ CY / CY Nano / Soul DVD., 2010, retrieved 30 June 2010 
  4. ^ Tice, Rico (2008), The Promo Movie: Rico Tice talks about the English Made Easy Edition of Christianity Explored., retrieved 31 December 2008 
  5. ^ Christianity Explored translations, retrieved 30 June 2010 
  6. ^ http://www.christiantoday.com/article/christianity.explored.expands.to.the.us/28156.htm
  7. ^ Presbyterian Church in Ireland: Board of Youth and Children's Ministry (2007), Annual Report 
  8. ^ Methodist Church in Singapore (2007), Response Exceeds Expectations, retrieved August 2007  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ "idea: The evolution of Christianty Explored". Evangelical Alliance. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2017. The course has always proved incredibly popular with conservative evangelical churches. 
  10. ^ Hobbs, Cedric (2007), Resource review: Christianity Explored, retrieved 31 December 2008 
  11. ^ Gilbert, Greg (2001), Evangelism Course Comparison Guide, retrieved 31 December 2008 
  12. ^ Gilbert, Greg (2001), Evangelistic Course Comparison Chart (PDF), retrieved 31 December 2008 
  13. ^ Anon (Autumn 2001), "The 'Alpha' and the 'Christianity Explored' Courses", BEC Foundations (47): 36–44, archived from the original on 30 July 2012 
  14. ^ The 'Alpha' and the 'Christianity Explored' Courses, 2001, archived from the original on 30 July 2012, retrieved 31 December 2008 
  15. ^ Jackson, Bob; Fisher, George (2011). Everybody Welcome: The Course Leader's Manual: The Course Where Everybody Helps Grow Their Church. London: Church House Publishing. p. 90. ISBN 978-0715142844. Some courses are more catholic in tone (Knowing God Better), some are conservative evangelical (Christianity Explored), some are broad church (Emmaus) and some are charismatic (Alpha). 
  16. ^ http://www.chpublishing.co.uk/feature.asp?id=68776

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