If you have never been exposed to The Emmaus Road Message (TERM) before, the best way to become acquainted is to watch a video. A picture is worth a thousand words, and that certainly applies here.
We would suggest you begin by watching either EE-TAOW! or The Taliabo Story, both videos produced by New Tribes Mission. Either one will give you a quick overview of TERM teaching in a tribal setting.
From there you might wish to watch the sequels to the above videos, although by this time you will have the general idea in mind.
EE-TAOW! 26 min
EE-TAOW!—The Next Chapter 32 min
The Taliabo Story 35 min
There is one last video that is worth considering, produced by NTM: Now We See Clearly 30 min
This video illustrates the problem of syncretism and shows how clear teaching made the difference in the understanding of one tribe.
Appealing to the "toolbox" idea again, we will now move on to the tools themselves. It is important to gain an understanding of each TERM product and how to use it.
This fully illustrated, 304-page book is geared for teenagers and adults who know little or nothing about the Bible. It was written for individuals from a western culture, that have been directly or indirectly influenced by Protestant or Catholic beliefs.
The Stranger follows the classic TERM approach, beginning in Genesis and moving sequentially through key Old and New Testament stories—from Creation to the Cross. Once you understand how the first tool is assembled, all the other ones will be easy to follow.
The scale on the next page indicates the critical nature of the material as you read through the book. For example, you can teach all the way through The Stranger up to Chapter Thirteen and still miss the message if you stop there. Chapter Fourteen is critical and is only correctly understood if the rest of the book has been read sequentially from Chapters One to Thirteen. Chapter Fourteen is what ties everything together. Everything else is "Foundational" content preparing a person for understanding the "Tie Together."
Actually, each chapter is an important building block in developing a scriptural world view in the reader, but it is in Chapter Fourteen that all the threads of previous chapters are brought together to weave a complete mosaic of truth.
Chapters 1 to 3
The Bible, Attributes of God—Student is excited about his or her new-found knowledge of the Bible and the fact that what has been studied makes sense.
Fall of Satan and Man, Consequences of Sin—If a student is inclined to quit, it may occur at this point.
Man's Dilemma, Introduction to Faith, Atonement & Substitution, Noah, Babel—A critical chapter, especially sections one and two. The section on the Flood is hard to teach. It is common for the teacher to lose momentum at the story of Noah. If you know someone who unsuccessfully tried to teach the chronological materials, the chapter on Noah is where he or she most likely gave up. Don't quit.
Chapters 6 to 7
Substitution and Faith again—Student begins to see patterns developing. Teacher finds the going much easier.
The Ten Commandments—A critical chapter. Student will probably grow very quiet while you are teaching. At this point, some ask for a solution to their sin problem. Student may begin to request that the study speed be increased.
Chapters 9 to 12
The Tabernacle, the Messiah and His life—Student will be very interested, usually exhibiting an urgency to get to the end of the story.
Death, Burial, Resurrection—Student usually quiet. Material moves along quite quickly.
The climax of the story, where the gospel is presented in the light of all the Scripture. It is at this point that a student may spontaneously share his or her trust in Christ.
This chapter covers the basics of Sanctification or helps a seeker draw conclusions about the gospel.
Dawn was raised in a Christian home in Saskatchewan, Canada. She went to church every Sunday morning and evening and attended the church's kids club and youth group. She even went to a Christian high school. But she wasn't a Christian.
"I just never understood the Bible growing up," she says. "I went through the motions at church, but I didn't have a relationship with God. He just seemed so 'out there' and unreal to me. Honestly, if you had asked me where I was going if I died, I wouldn't have had an answer."
A few years ago, Dawn was working in Alberta and attending a local church, but still felt empty inside. She was searching for something deeper, something to quench her constant thirst. One day, she received the book The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus from a "secret sister" at the church.
As she started reading, her eyes were opened.
"It was as if I was in a dark room and the lights went on. Chapter by chapter, I said to myself, oh, wow! The more I read, the more I understood. I started to understand the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament. I was also finally able to understand why Jesus came, and why he had to be perfect to die. It just made sense. I wondered: How could people not believe this? It was amazing.
"I remember the part that caught my attention most. Right before the crucifixion, Jesus was praying in Gethsemane and he addressed God 'Abba, Father.' When I read that Abba meant daddy, I pictured in my mind God being a father. I thought of my earthly father. I thought how great it was that God, my father, came to earth and died for my sins. I cried when I read that part. It was then that God became real to me and I felt I could have a relationship with Him.
"After I finished reading The Stranger, I understood the Bible's message. I was sure of where I was going after I died. I had a real relationship with God."
For those of us who have taught The Stranger both with and without the WorkBook, there is a unanimous feeling that teaching the material using the WorkBook is the only way to go. With the WorkBook you are able to review the material in the student's mind. Some of the wrong answers are exactly the sort of answers that you would expect from nominal Christians. Invariably, if something was not clear, it will come out in the process of answering the questions.
The questions in the WorkBook should not be viewed as an exam or test. They are review questions only—to help a person make sure they have a grip on the key points. The questions may seem highly simplistic to someone who has a background in the Bible, but experience has shown us that this is just what is needed for beginners.
(For Teens or Adults, Coil-bound, 127 pages, includes answers)
The WorkBook can be used in a couple of different ways:
Award Winning Series
This award winning DVD is an eleven-hour series that clearly and logically explains the gospel, from Creation to the Cross. Following The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus book, often word for word, the greatest of stories is brought to life on screen.
Using over 70 visual aids, John Cross leads the viewer through the gospel story in a way that is unforgettable. This is one DVD series you will want for your own use—and for lending or giving away!
The six DVD's are packaged in a box along with one WorkBook. This package design facilitates passing the product on to an individual with the idea of being "ready to go." For two or more people additional WorkBooks would be needed. It is important that each viewer have a WorkBook. For larger groups, there are discounts on bulk orders.
It is important to understand that this DVD series is different from any other "Bible Study" in which you may have participated. This series is really ONE story and ONE story only. If you do not finish the series, it will have been like building a house, but not putting up walls or completing the roof. The first 13 chapters are foundational, with the 14th chapter tying everything together into a powerful presentation of the gospel. But to understand the 14th chapter, you need the foundations found in the preceding 13 chapters. Treat this series as one story.
In light of the above, it is best to watch the series in as short a time as possible. This can easily be done in one or two weeks if only a few people are watching it together. For larger groups, a weekend "retreat" is ideal. With a little advance planning, it can also be spread over a number of weeks. See the suggested schedules on pages 60 & 61 to help budget your time. Once again, remember, don't drag the series out over such a long time that the ONE story begins to fragment in listeners' minds.
The entire series is approximately eleven hours in length and is divided into 52 sections with each section running between 4 to 27 minutes. You can watch as many or as few sections as you like in any given sitting.
There are 15 chapters in the series, some very short and others quite long. It does not work to view them according to chapters. Instead view it by sections. If you have an hour, you will be able to watch several sections in that time. Its as easy as 1,2,3,4:
The DVD chart below is based on actual DVD viewing and WorkBook time. Prayer time, songs and breaks for snacks would be in addition to this time.
From the chart you can see that if you meet once a week and you plan your actual study time to be 75 minutes, then it will take you 15 weeks to go through the six DVD's. For home studies, we recommend 75 minute sessions, twice a week, over a period of 8 weeks.
In this way you progress through the entire series. The total time needed to play the DVD series and complete the WorkBook will differ for each person or group.
A Learning Experience
My preference for preparing to teach the TERM study in my home was to participate in a TERM seminar. Unfortunately, scheduling and travel were limiting factors. I was excited when I received my copy of The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus VideoBook and discovered that this wonderful presentation of The Emmaus Road Message is both a learning and teaching tool.
I used the VideoBook to pace myself through the study of each section of the textbook while taking note of presentation style, use of visual aids, and flow of the study. In certain sections of the study, I used the VideoBook to show the students a few of the more complex visual aids, special animated graphics and footage shot on location in Biblical lands. At the completion of the study, feedback from the students was that the textbook, workbook, and multiple media sources helped broaden and enhance their learning experience.
This specially-adapted WorkBook is designed to be used with The Stranger at "a distance"—a way some prefer to get acquainted with the Bible.
The questions are divided by chapter and are formatted for ease of correcting. Perforations allow for easy removal of the completed sections and to facilitate mailing. The Teacher's Answer Book takes the work out of correcting the lessons.
The AudioBook is a professionally-mastered production of the second edition of The Stranger. Randy Zempel reads the commentary and Therese Gruba gives life to the Scriptures as they lend their professional voices to a clear presentation of the gospel message.
The AudioBook has found a niche with the seeing impaired, professional drivers who tend to "read" a lot on the road, and those who prefer listening rather than reading. We have heard stories of those who listen to this series over and over again.
Listening to the Story
I must confess that I am not a "born reader." I do appreciate listening to a story especially if it is interesting or helpful. I can still recall listening to a dramatic story on my Dad's old radio as a child. I had a similar experience when I first listened to The Stranger audio book on my car stereo. It was compelling, clear and easy to listen to.
By the time I had reached the end of the book Randy Zempel and Terese Gruba had become good companions and friends on my journeys. My understanding of the Bible had also been greatly enhanced even though I had been a student of the Bible for many years.
The Bible was not only more understandable but the God of the Bible was more real to me and I felt I knew Him at a deeper level than I had previously grasped. Like the two disciples I now have a burning heart and a burning desire to share this story with others.
All the Prophets (ATP) is written using the same approach you find in The Stranger, but adapted for those who have had significant exposure to Islam. The two books are about 25% different, but those differences are important.
Islam is said to be the fastest growing religion in the world. For the first time, many Christians are meeting Muslims as immigrants pour into Europe and North America. Muslims, disengaged from family and religion, tend to be curious. While most would never admit it, many are searching for something more. The violence of Muslim extremists coupled with the severe policies of some Islamic states, have created disillusionment.
Muslims are commanded by their holy book—the Qur'an—to believe the Torah of Moses, the Psalms of David and the Gospel of Jesus. The Qur'an refers regularly to some twenty Bible prophets. Because of this, Muslims will often tell you that they "believe all the prophets!" But even a cursory reading of the Qur'an reveals that Islam rejects Jesus as the crucified Son of God! In reality they don't believe the prophets at all.
The printed page is a powerful tool for reaching folks entrenched in Islam. Most Muslims will never risk attending a Christian meeting, but they will observe the lives of Christians, listen to radio programs and read literature. All the Prophets is a tool for directing Muslims to the One of whom all the prophets bore witness.
Chapters 1 to 3
Briefly explains how the Bible has not been changed. Couch the attributes of God in his "greatness." (ex. God is great because he is eternal. God is great becuase he is all-powerful. God is great because..., etc.) Muslims believe God is great, but not as great as the scripture reveals.
Fall of Satan and Man, Consequences of Sin. Sin is not a "big deal" to Muslims, but as God is lifted up in his greatness, the sin of man becomes an issue.
Man's Dilemma, Atonement & Substitution, The Prophet Enoch, The Prophet Noah, the story of Babel.
Chapters 6 to 7
Faith is introduced with the Prophet Abraham. The Bible's perspective on Ishmael and Isaac is presented. The concept of substitution is continued with the Passover.
The Ten Commandments—A critical chapter. The "sin problem" is now looming large.
Chapters 9 to 12
The Tabernacle, the Messiah and His life. The true identity of Jesus is slowly revealed from scripture. Time is taken to address issues surrounding the Trinity.
Death, Burial, Resurrection. Yes, it was Jesus on the cross and he really did die. He also rose again.
The climax of the story, where the gospel is presented in the light of all the Scripture. The identity of Jesus is made clear, as well as the reason for his death and resurrection.
The question one must answer, "Do you believe all that the prophets have spoken?"
... it will have great impact on the people who read it. I can say that because I live with 98% Moslems and this book would open their eyes. It is so clear and easy to understand. ... It is going to be helpful to the Moslems and the Jews to understand the reason that Jesus had to come to earth. an email from Bethlehem
By this Name is a very different book from The Stranger. It assumes total Bible illiteracy—that the person knows nothing of Scripture! It was written for those coming from cultures heavily influenced by polytheistic, pantheistic, and animistic belief systems—religions historically found in the east or in tribal cultures. They worshiped many gods, ancestral spirits, or atheistic philosophies. But now with the rise of post-modernism, the wide acceptance of various psychologies, and the popularity of the New Age, that form of thinking permeates much of the western world.
This book helps explain the Bible, not only to Hindus, Shintos, Buddhists, ancestral worshipers and animists, but also to New Agers, post-moderns, secularists, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, and Christian Scientists.
"Westerners" have become very panthistic in their view of God. A 2003 Ipos-Reid survey revealed the following about how Canadians percieve God.
"We'll be viewing God as something akin to 'the force' in the movie Star Wars—as an energy, a consciousness, rather than a person ..."
Robert Fuller, professor of religious studies Bradley University, Peoria, Ill., Reader's Digest Nov 2003
Chapters 1 to 3
The polytheist has problems with the first four words of the Bible. They don't believe in a "beginning"—they believe in the circle of life. And when you say the word "God" they want to know which god out of several million. If you say the Creator God, they will think of their creator god, not the Creator of the Bible. For this reason we start By this Name with establishing a name for God, (he is called Yahweh), and the fact that Yahweh is unique or holy. (The identity of other gods is left open, and their existence is not denied.) Beginning with creation, we start to learn about Yahweh. Special attention is given to the Creator-creation distinction and the fact that man is made in God's image.
The origin of evil is discussed, beginning with the fall of Lucifer and extending eventually to mankind. Since "what constitutes sin" is very garbled in eastern religions, the nature of sin is introduced and sin's connection with death is established.
Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, Noah, Babel—Since eastern religions believe in many ways to God, "two ways" to God are introduced, with only one being acceptable. This theme is carried on throughout the book, with each wrong way being examined, and the right way being affirmed. Since the eastern religions are very sensitive to "blood," the sacrificial system is introduced with minimal details, leaving further information to later.
Chapters 6 to 7
Faith is introduced with Abraham. The concept of substitution is continued with the Passover. The history of Yahweh as a reliable and faithful God is building.
The Ten Commandments—The nature of sin is nailed down, and the identity of the "other" gods is unmasked. From this point on idolatry is openly and aggressively addressed.
Chapters 9 to 12
The Tabernacle, True versus False Prophets, the identity of the Messiah (He is Yahweh) His life, the nature of the Trinity—issues all examined.
Death, Burial, Resurrection—not a reincarnation.
The climax of the story, where the person and work of Christ is presented in the light of all the Scripture.
Covers the basics of Sanctification and discusses the importance of not delaying a decision to trust in Christ.
Clothed in His Righteousness
"Every day, people ask me questions about the Bible, and I don't know how to answer them," said the young school teacher. She lived in Nagaland, a northeast Indian province characterized by nominal Christianity practiced alongside tribal animism. "One of the most frequently asked questions is: If I am a Christian and sin, am I still saved? Can I still go to heaven? Even I myself was confused about sin."
Her confusions dissipated after attending a GoodSeed TERM seminar held in her region in January 2006. Like many others who attended the seminar, she came away rejoicing in her salvation after gaining a fresh understanding of Christ's work on the cross.
"The visual aid using the cloaks showed me that God has clothed me with his righteousness. Even though I sin, I am still accepted before God in heaven!" she said excitedly, stretching out her arm and pointing heavenward. "This gives me great joy."
Another man was impressed by the same visual aid that pictured justification before God. He said: "I now understand that Christ's righteousness covers me. I don't have to focus on my own shortcomings anymore! I am very happy and I want to praise God."
Paul Bramsen, a missionary for many years in Africa, adapted the TERM outline for radio. Though this 543-page book was written for an African-Muslim audience, it has far wider applications. The preface says it all.
Preface:"Even if a log soaks a long time in water, it will never become a crocodile" (Wolof proverb)...nor does being religious make a person righteous. Religious rituals and good deeds may make people feel righteous and even appear righteous before men, but they do not make them righteous before God.
The Way of Righteousness is an English translation of "Yoonu Njub"—a series of radio-programs originally written in the Wolof language for the Muslim people of Senegal, West Africa. Beginning with the Torah of Moses, these one hundred 15-minute lessons take the listener on a journey through the Scriptures of the prophets to view God's unchangeable purpose for mankind and to hear God's thrilling answer to the prophet Job's four-thousand-year-old question, "How can a man be righteous before God?" (Job 9:2)
Muslims believe that God has revealed His will through four sacred books (Torah, Psalms, Gospel, Qur'an). Yet few Muslims ever have the opportunity to hear the Good News of God according to the Torah, the Psalms, and the Gospel Writings.
The reason for making these lessons available in English is twofold:
New Tribes Mission has created a whole spectrum of products built around the Firm Foundations theme. Whether called "Firm Foundations" or "TERM" these products are closely related when it comes to the method used in communicating the Scripture. The content does vary depending on the product and for whom it was created.
If you are working with animistic people, then you will want to obtain the series of books entitled, Building on Firm Foundations. The first volume in the series is a "must read" for anyone interested in this approach to evangelism. It is a classic.
We would encourage you to contact NTM directly for a catalog; (they have regional offices in many countries) or visit their web site at: www.ntm.org
Designed specifically as a teacher's manual, Firm Foundations is laid out as a Sunday School curriculum, its 50 lessons spread across one year. Effective for both adults and teens, this course works well for a "total church" learning experience when combined with the children's edition. (591 pages)
This five-book series is designed for the teacher who is schooling reading-age children. This excellent resource walks you step by step through each lesson. Use it with your Church Sunday School or family.
The Lamb was written for young children, ages 5 through 8. Since being released, we have found it accepted by every age. The elderly especially seem to appreciate the simplicity of the message.
The Lamb presents the gospel without watering it down or avoiding issues. Subjects such as sin and death are taught in an honest, head-on manner, but in a way that is sensitive to children so their questions are answered. Even the lesson dealing with death ends with hope.
To keep the narrative simple, the central teachings found in the Old Testament are clustered around two people, Adam and Eve. It was felt that to introduce too many Bible characters would unnecessarily complicate the message for little children.
The Lamb is designed for ten sittings. It is suggested that you, along with your child, listen to a different chapter each night, no less than three times a week. No advance preparation is required—a review is built in at the beginning of each lesson and questions are included at the end. The review is part of the beginning of the lessons. The questions are found at the end of each chapter. Listening time for each chapter runs four to six minutes.
The Lamb is also being used as an ESL (English Second Language) curriculum with adults.
The Lamb PPT comes with a CD disc which includes PowerPoint slides of all the pictures found in The Lamb PictureBook, as well as a DVD with the lessons in a video slideshow format, complete with narration, subtitles and closed captioning. We would encourage you to teach the material yourself using the accompanying lesson book, however if you prefer you can use the pre-recorded narration.
The PPT is divided into both five and ten lesson formats, each lesson including optional review questions (pdf files on the CD). If you use the recorded narration, the listening time for each lesson runs four to twelve minutes depending on the format chosen. The review questions usually add another 10 to 20 minutes.
This DVD is built with the illustrations and audio narration that's found in the book, The Lamb. Told as one continuous story without chapter breaks or review so that one can watch the story without interruption.
"I believe, Mr. Joe, I believe!"
Joe had been teaching The Lamb at Backyard Bible Clubs at the same neighborhood in Georgia every summer for the past four years. Many kids came year after year to hear "Mr. Joe" teach, but this was the first year Tommy showed up.
Ten-year-old Tommy was a challenge from the start. He was full of energy, constantly interrupted, and asked irrelevant questions.
"Hold your questions until later, Tommy," Joe would say. If Tommy got too disruptive for the class of 30 children, Joe would send him to the back to sit with the host. He wasn't sure whether Tommy really understood the teaching or not.
The same thing went on every night. The fifth night—the night of the important wrap up—Tommy sat at the back again.
After teaching on Jesus' death and resurrection, Joe challenged the children: "Do you believe? Do you believe what the Bible tells us? Do you believe that Jesus is your Lamb? Do you believe?"
Joe wasn't expecting a verbal answer, so it surprised him when an excited, young voice called out from the back.
"I BELIEVE! I BELIEVE, Mr. Joe, I BELIEVE!"
Tommy's voice rang out loud and clear. He had understood the message—and he wasn't afraid to make it known!
But Tommy wasn't the only one who got the Bible's message this summer. More than 100 teachers and volunteers reached out to 600 children of all ages when the Atlanta-area church put on Backyard Bible Clubs at homes in 25 different neighborhoods.
Most of the children who came were unchurched.
"We had always done a Vacation Bible School at our church, but I've always wondered why we bring our own kids and teach them what they hear every week," says Joe, who has served in children's ministry for 22 years. "Why not go to the neighborhoods and share The Lamb with kids who aren't part of our church?"
And not only were children reached with the Gospel, but their families as well. This summer, moms and dads "hung out" to hear the teaching. One Hindu dad videotaped the Bible lessons. Two Buddhist grandparents came and asked questions. They each received the book The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus.
"The world is here," the children's ministry director, Denise, says of the diverse metropolitan Atlanta area. "We don't have to get on an airplane to go. It's already here."
Andrea, who hosted a club, reports: "One 7-year-old girl comes from a family where the mom is not a believer. She would share the Bible story with the entire family at dinner every night. She even asked her mom if she had ever heard any of the stories before. I am so excited that God is using the Bible club to bring His Word to this family."
The church encourages the hosts to follow up with the children and their families. In the months that follow, some invite their neighbors to church. Others start Bible studies in their homes. Many continue to answers questions from the children and their families about the Bible and about God.
Bible teacher Joe baptized a girl three years after she attended a club where he taught The Lamb. "She was one of the kids from the neighborhood who did not have a church home," he says. "After the backyard club, her family started coming to church. We were teaching the fourth- and fifth-graders The Stranger when she accepted Christ and asked me to baptize her. Having been involved in her life, it was special for me to witness her understanding the Gospel."
He continues: "I am a huge fan of our backyard Bible clubs, and I believe what makes them most successful is The Lamb materials that we are using. Kids want the truth taught. They really want to know who God is. The Lamb is so well put together to teach in a short week like this. You never know who you're going to touch with it. It may be the 3- to 4-year-olds; it may be the 17-year-old who helps out; or it may be the dad who comes and asks questions."
Carrie, another volunteer, sums it up this way: "Backyard Bible Clubs is the most outstanding evangelical tool I think I have ever seen!"
Most of us have to see how something is done before we get a feel for how to go about it ourselves.
A TERM Seminar functions on the principle that "as you are taught, so you will teach." A TERM seminar models the most effective approach to communicating TERM content. Over seventy visual aids are demonstrated. The seminar functions on the principle that "as you are taught, so you will teach."
Specific dates and details are posted at: www.goodseed.com
Using just such a setting, TERM participants are taught how to lead a small group Bible study using GoodSeed tools. Background information, tips on how to teach, ideas to illustrate points, ways to stay on track, and how to defuse potential problems are all addressed.
The seminar models an approach to teaching that most Christians can imitate successfully.
Participants are expected to attend the entire seminar. We ask that no audio or video recordings be made of the sessions.
Teaching time averages 22 hours. A TERM seminar is an intense time of learning with lecture periods averaging 40 to 50 minutes.
The cost of the three-day seminar varies. The seminar fees cover lunch, supper, snacks and all materials (the one exception is Ontario, Canada, where meals are not included). Visual aids and other resources for TERM teaching are available for purchase at the seminar.
The seminar is designed for believers. We regularly have attendees who consider themselves beginners in sharing their faith. Pastors, as well as home and foreign missionaries have found the seminar highly profitable.
Lodging is your responsibility. Upon registration, we will provide you with contact information for local motels and bed & breakfasts.
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