Stuart Huntley, Rector of St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Port Washington (Diocese of Long Island) writes:

Dear Friends

I am delighted to let you know about a Christian Discipleship course that I have developed over the last few years in the UK and the USA to promote Spiritual Growth. I wanted a course that helped people interested in finding out about the Christian faith to explore their faith and help them see how Christianity is essentially about being in relationship with Jesus. I also wanted a course that was biblical and engaging and would help us to see the Biblical characters as real people. So each week is based around a New Testament story of an engagement with Christ, told using an imaginative monologue and by looking at the biblical text directly. It is completely Biblical but not a traditional Bible Study.

Using imaginative narratives from different biblical characters we explore FULLNESS of LIFE by looking at what it meant for God’s son to be born among us as we look at his PRESENCE. In the second session we think about the problems of PAIN and suffering in the world and how God reveals his compassion, and move on to how God being with us should spur us on to PROGRESS in our walk of faith.

We then look at Christ’s PASSION and contemplate on the love that took Jesus to the cross and consider our own passion towards God and our neighbors. Before Jesus ascended into heaven he promised us the Holy Spirit and we will look at how the Spirit equips us to fully live out joyous and free lives in the POWER of God and Jesus encourages us to PROCLAIM the good news of the kingdom of God and help others to have a life lived fully. We use stories from Zacchaeus, Jairus, Peter, Paul, Silas and Mary as well as our own!

‘I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ…’ Eph 3:17-18

In 2014, the Fullness of Life course was selected by the Anglican Communion to be part of its online resources for the Bible in the Life of the Church Project.

At St Stephen’s we use this as a follow-on to Alpha, but it works equally well as a stand-alone course.

It is available on Kindle, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LF1VYMQ or for FREE on the Anglican Communion Website, http://www.anglicancommunion.org/ministry/theological/bible/resources.cfm

Here are some comments from the last course feedback form:

‘I actually opened the Bible alone through this course and explored and read scriptures, which I had done very rarely before. The Bible seemed more like something I can relate to and understand after this course.’

Opening the Bible and actually interpreting it challenged me. Reading a story and then looking at the bible passage and discussing the questions added so much more depth and context to each story.’

‘I really loved this course even more than Alpha. We both agreed on this. We liked being more hands on with the scriptures and learning. There is so much I do not know about the Bible and I looked forward to learning as a student every week.’

The rating for the course is excellent. I liked all the modules. I feel this course is more focused, and we learned a lot more. I am sure there is a lot more to learn, just like we always learn something new every day in life. We just have to spend more time in reading the bible and praying to God. Thank you very much again for your time and teaching.

If you would like to know more about the course then please contact me (stuart [at] ststephenspw [dot] org), or download it and try it for yourself!

I have also produced a short booklet called Life Changing which we give away and make available as an introduction to the Christian faith. This leads directly on to the Fullness in Life course.

At The Cross is a prayerful reflection using similar first person stories ideal for Good Friday or quiet days. Available on Kindle http://www.amazon.com/At-Cross-Reflection-Stuart-Huntley-ebook/dp/B00K0QQTVS

Look to the Stable is aimed at explaining the biblical Christmas story through simple rhyme for toddlers and young readers.

Please contact me for more details of any of these materials. Any feedback would be gratefully received.

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