STYLE: Dance/Electronic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 18481- LABEL: Movation 800 FORMAT: VHS video Music video
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Many within the Church are outspoken about the desperate need to see young people discipled in the Christian faith but are bemused and confused about how this can be achieved. Faced with a non-linier generation who get the vast majority of their information input from telly and pop music, who think formal teaching "boring" and who seldom read books except when crashing for exams, most Bible teachers are lost on ways of opening eyes and hearts to the great biblical truths. Addressing this problem with the most important and creatively pioneering, teaching resource for years are the World Wide Message Tribe. The Tribe, having been regularly eulogised in Cross Rhythms for wrenching Christian music away from its cultural insularity and towards today's dance grooves have, of course, pioneered a new approach to schools evangelism. But even their spectacular success (a thousand or so decisions a year from Manchester school children) doesn't fully indicate where their hearts are. The band passionately want to see young people maturing in Christian faith, confident in reading the Bible and applying its teachings to their lives. To do this they've come up with this video and teaching book and truly innovative they are too. Retaining all the zany humour and in-your-face boldness which are the Tribe's trademark the video/book take central biblical topics. The cornerstone to each session is a song from the band's repertoire (the vid uses excellent live footage shot at the Flevo Festival). So the song "One" is the cornerstone to the session 'Jesus - the man who was God'; "In My Life" underpins 'Living by the Spirit'; "Revolution", Telling others about Jesus'; "Life Eternally", The Bible'; "We Talk To The Lord", 'Prayer' and "Alleluia", The Church'. The video is fast moving, fun and effective.
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