Straight from the LifeWay website:
Seamless by Angie Smith
Understanding The Bible As One Complete Story
In seven sessions, Seamless covers the people, places, and promises of the Bible, tying them together into the greater story of Scripture. Participants will gain an overarching understanding of the fundamental layout and meaning of God’s Word. Each week of study features key information that ties all of scripture together into the seamless truth of the gospel message and is accompanied by maps, general Bible facts, and word studies.
Ways to Use Seamless
Use as a Bible refresher course among believers in your church.
Lead a group of teen girls through the student version of Seamless.
Use Seamless as a tool to mentor a new believer.
Start a Bible study for new believers! Seamless will help establish biblical literacy.
When I received my copy of the Seamless workbook from lifeway, the first thing I did was read the introduction and then I flipped to the first page of each session. Then I clicked the link to the Session 1 video and dove in.
If you are at all familiar with Angie Smith from IF Gathering or one of her books you will be happy to know Angie’s hilarious personality and sense of humor are present throughout each week via print and video. In addition to that, Angie does an amazing job of leading, even in written form. Her sensitivity to not only the subject matter being studied, but the reader perhaps attempting their first Bible study is outstanding. The daily homework is a combination of reading Angie’s teachings and answering questions. I have found that for me it takes about 30 minutes a day if I truly take time to answer the questions. Each video is about 15 minutes.
A few things to keep in mind in my opinion are that there are going to be several things left out. There is not a lot of detail surrounding all questions. For example, Angie addresses that creation is questioned by many people. Many wonder if the world was created in a literal 7 days. Very tastefully and matter of factly done, Smith keeps the reader on target by addressing the question and addressing why it won’t be something explored on these pages. Also, the majority of this study is focusing on the Old Testament. Personally I loved that as I have spent less time learning about the OT. The way Angie writes it truly helps to open the reader’s eyes to the fact that the Bible is one book and should be read as such. Angie Smith also points out that this might be to much to do in 7 straight weeks. Each video is available for personal viewing online and can be easily purchased making this study one that could be done at a pace comfortable for each individual.
For me, I always try to look at studies like this through the eyes of a college student. Women’s ministries on our college campus is my focus area currently. Because the videos are only 15 minutes I think this could easily be a tool to create discussion about the Bible and to encourage further study.