QUICK HIT: True U is one of the best small group series that I’ve ever taken my church through. The final volume, Who is Jesus? is no different, detailing ten in-depth lessons on the person of Jesus. Host Del Tackett isn’t quite as interactive as Stephen Meyer, the host of volumes 1 and 2, but the content keeps listeners engaged and the study guide facilitates an abundance of discussion.
I’ve already said great things about volume 1—Does God Exist?—and volume 2—Is the Bible Reliable?—so it’s no surprised that I’m going to say great things about volume 3: Who is Jesus? Unlike previous volumes, which were hosted by Stephen Meyer, this volume is hosted by Del Tackett, creator and overseer of the series (and teacher of its parent program The Truth Project). Joining Tackett are a number of Bible teachers and theologians that join in video-interview style to comment on their own areas of expertise.
The ten lessons are as follows:
- The Question
- The Promise
- The Prophecy
- His Life
- The Death
- The Resurrection
- The “God” Claim, Part 1
- The “God” Claim, Part 2
- Is Jesus the Only Way?
- Handling the Questions
Each lesson lasts about thirty minutes and, with discussion, should lead to about an hour runtime. This past Easter, I chose to go over the lesson on the Resurrection, and, with pauses in the middle for discussion, we only made it about halfway through the video. Even though the video does not come with recommended discussion stop points, I recommend that, to mix the active and passive parts of the lesson, you pause the video whenever Tackett asks a question of his students (or whenever you have a question of your own) and discuss.
The last half of the series—“The God Claim” through “Handling the Questions”—comprises some really important teaching that as imperative for our children to know. The lesson on Jesus as the only way is especially invaluable.
In my opinion, Del is less interactive with the students in his class than Stephen tended to be, but the addition of interviews from other people help keep the lesson from seeming too much like a school lecture (an important thing for a non-school church gathering, I think). The included workbook is, again, a masterpiece. This is really a series that, as a youth pastor, I see myself repeating every few years, as new students come up through the ranks into the high school class. I also highly recommend this for college and adult small groups if you think The Truth Project is a bit too lecture-oriented. Thank you Focus on the Family, Tyndale, and all other people involved in making this resource available.