Nooma Collection #01 (Discussion Guide) (#01 in Nooma Visual Series)
NOOMA is a revolutionary series of short films, between 10 and 14 minutes long, about God and our lives. Like parables, they use the experiences of our lives to teach about the fullness of life through Jesus. Portable and concise,...
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NOOMA is a revolutionary series of short films, between 10 and 14 minutes long, about God and our lives. Like parables, they use the experiences of our lives to teach about the fullness of life through Jesus. Portable and concise, NOOMAs are ideal for personal use and group settings. The study materials accompanying each NOOMA encourage meaningful discussion, with relevant questions and biblical references.
NOOMA Group 01, Book 001-004 is designed to accompany the NOOMA Group 01 DVD and is intended to facilitate discussions based on the themes and questions raised in NOOMA Films 001-004. NOOMA Book 001-004 helps viewers delve more deeply and meaningfully into the issues raised in NOOMA Films 001-004 -- 001 Rain, 002 Flame, 003 Trees, and 004 Sunday. Viewers will explore and discuss issues such as where God is in the midst of our pain, the deeper meanings of the word 'love', whether or not our lives have any real significance, and the possibility that we get so blinded by religion that we miss out on what God truly wants. Watch the films with friends, open the book, and together begin to search, question, and join the discussion.
Robert Holmes "Rob" Bell Jr. was born on August 23, 1970. Bell grew up in a traditional Christian environment. He attended Wheaton College. While at Wheaton, he roomed with Ian Eskelin of All Star United. With friends Dave Houk, Brian Erickson, Steve Huber and Chris Fall, he formed the indie rock band, "ton bundle". Bell received his bachelor's degree in 1992 from Wheaton and taught water skiing in the summers at Wheaton College's Honey Rock Camp. During this time, Bell offered to teach a Christian message to the camp counselors after no pastor could be found. He taught a message about "rest". He said that God led him to teaching at this moment. Bell moved to Pasadena, California to pursue this calling for teaching and received a M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. According to Bell, he never received good grades in preaching class because he always tried innovative ways to communicate his ideas. During his time at Fuller he was a youth intern at Lake Avenue Church. He did, however, occasionally attend Christian Assembly in Eagle Rock, California, which led to him and his wife asking questions in the direction of how a new style of church would appear. Bell and his wife moved from California to Grand Rapids to be close to family and on invitation to study under pastor Ed Dobson. He handled many of the preaching duties for the Saturday Night service at Calvary Church. Bell announced that he would be branching out on his own to start a new kind of community and he would call it "Mars Hill" after the Greek site where the apostle Paul told a group, "For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you." In February 1999, Bell founded Mars Hill Bible Church, with the church originally meeting in a school gym in Wyoming, Michigan. As of 2005, an estimated 11,000 people attend the two "gatherings" on Sundays at 9 and 11 AM. As of March 2011, Sunday attendance numbers between 8,000 and 10,000. His teachings at Mars Hill inspired the popular "Love Wins" bumper sticker, and the congregation freely distributes these stickers after services.