River Avon, icon of the Garden City, meanders peacefully past tree lined pathways in Hagley Park.
(City of Christchurch - New Zealand)
River Bible Course has been used by churches and individuals throughout New Zealand for several years. During this time it has been well received by pastors, home group leaders and students alike. Now expanded and updated, these new study series are available internationally though the Internet.
River has received enthusiastic reviews by users. Here's what people are saying:-
Brian Hathaway (late)
Principal, Bible College of New Zealand
"An excellent balance between practical encouragement and
theological insights. It is well set out, uses are variety of
answer responses, and speaks the language of the average person.
I'm sure many young Christians will gain value from doing this..."
National Youth and Family Leader
"I would like to enthusiastically recommend Chris Gedge's follow-up
and discipleship booklet. This has practicality and initiative,
which deals with the issue in hand. If we're going to see 'fruit that
will remain' then we will have to get committed to such as this,
so that a generation that has no spiritual recall can be quickly
brought up with the decision they've made for Christ."
National leader, 'Elim Churches of New Zealand'
"After searching for suitable material at Elim Christian Centre we came
across the 'River Bible Course.' It was exactly what we were looking
for to help in one to one discipleship of new believers in Christ.
I can also personally recommend Chris Gedge to you and vouch for his Godly heritage."
Pastor, 'Christian Family Centre' Pukekohe
"I have been using these books extensively with new believers.
I have found them to be extremely helpful in explaining what
has happened in individual lives as they have come to follow after Jesus
in newness of life, and not as a mere conversion in head knowledge only."
Pastor, 'Baptist Church' Queenstown
"I have found the 'River Bible Course' to be an excellent tool
in our new Christians Discipleship. The lessons are very well
balanced and sound in all respects of doctrine and theology.
Our students have found the course easy to follow as some of
the more complex doctrines for new believers are very well
explained. The 'River Bible Course' represents a new, simple,
well thought-out approach to introducing the first steps of
Christian faith to the new believer."
Evangelist, 'Church of Christ' Auckland
"We've been using the 'River Bible Course' for the last few
months, and found it an excellent tool for new Christians. In
fact after lesson one, I was able to lead a man to Christ! The
'River' is great for those who need a good one-on-one system -
although we've already used it in group formats as well."
Pastor, 'Assembly of God' Kawakawa
"Where we are is mainly Maori and the 'River Bible Course'
suits our folks very well. We use it on Sunday mornings during
our service with everyone having a book (average about 30
adults) and together we work through the studies, sometimes
with a break between services. Arohanui."
Pastor, 'Taieri Elim Church' Taieri
"Over the past year our church has used 'River Bible Course'
as a one to one discipleship tool. The change that I have seen
in the people that have done the course has been encouraging."
"One of the advantages that I see is that it encourages the
individual to read the Bible at home, so that when we meet they
have filled in the answers. I have found that by the time a person
has completed the course they have gained a good foundation in Christianity.
I would recommend 'River Bible Course' to fellow pastors and those involved
in the discipleship of new Christians."
Pastor, 'Crusade Family Church' Wairoa
"We have found 'River Bible Course' an excellent modern
follow-on manual for new converts of any age. It covers basic
teaching on the ordinances and doctrine of the Christian faith,
and with its teachers manual, it allows more mature Christians
to counsel the new convert on the road to maturity. A great
foundation on which to build disciples."
Evangelist, 'Powerpoint Ministries' Auckland
"We have been using the 'River Bible Course' for the past year
to give to new believers in our Evangelistic meetings in various
locations in New Zealand. The course is easy to follow and covers
most questions usually asked by people coming into faith.
The way the course is presented not only reaffirms the decision
but also presents a challenge to the original commitment."
"I have just returned from a ministry trip to Andhra Pradesh
in India and took a copy with me to see if it would work there
also. There is no doubt I will be taking copies with me next
time I go to India because I have seen first hand that 'River
Bible Course' also works in this culture. I looked a long time
for a go first follow-up booklet and I believe that the 'River'
is the best I have found. I recommend it to all Church leaders."
Pastor, 'retired' New Plymouth
"I've read through 'River Bible Course' and find it an
exceptional course. I think it is the best I've seen for a
simple explanation of the key doctrines of the Christian message."
Pastor, 'The Oasis Church' Napier
"The 'River Bible Course' is a great tool that we have on hand in
our church for young christians who are hungry to learn about God.
We feel that it is well written and simple, the way it should be."
Chaplain, 'Invercargill Prison' Invercargill
"The 'River Course,' formulated by Chris Gedge, has been an
excellent tool to educate and encourage new Christians in
Invercargill Prison. A large majority of those men who have
done the course have commented on how it has really clearly
explained areas of the Christian Faith that they were unsure of
and has given them insight which has assisted them to trust
Jesus as their Saviour. I have no hesitation in recommending
the 'River Course' as a wonderful tool, not only for new
Christians, but for those people who are searching."
Pastor, 'Eden Assembly of God' Auckland
"I have been using the 'River Bible Course' in my Church for a
little over a year. We have tried many means of discipleship material
and this is now our mainstay. It really is incredibly suitable for
most people newly saved. I am happy to endorse the book.
All the staff in my Church that use it also speak highly of it."
Pastor, 'Apostolic Church' Hastings
"We have been using the 'River Bible Course' over the last 18
months to help the initial stages of discipling new Christians.
We have found it to be simple enough for non-churched people to
understand but theologically and doctrinally sound. It is comprehensive
enough to give a good foundational understanding of Biblical truth."
Martin O' Halloran
Pastor, 'Swanson Community Church' Waitakere
"I have found the 'River Bible Course' really helpful, a real
good tool in discipleship. It helps new disciples come to
terms with the nitty grity of the Christian walk.
I would throughly recommend it to others."
Captain, 'Salvation Army' Tokoroa
"We have used this course as a group study for teenagers who
are relatively new to Christian experience, and also for those
who are seeking to further their knowledge and understanding of
the Bible. It has proved to be an excellent course, both
informative and challenging … Good discussion has arisen
during sessions on real life issues that are relevant to young
Christians today. The book is set out clearly with an easily
followed format. I would not hesitate to use this literature
again as an informative structure for those seeking further
knowledge in the desire to know God."
Pastor, 'Christian Centre' Waihi
"Waihi Christian Centre has been using the 'River' books for
the last 6 months to build good foundations in our peoples
lives. We have put all our people through the course whether
they have been just newly saved or saved for 20 years. We now
have a group of 60 people who are each able to walk new believers through
the same book. Thank you Chris for the tool we have greatly appreciated it."
Pastor, 'The Equip Centre' Whangarei
"We here at 'The Equip Centre' are using the 'River Bible
Course' as an extension to our basics foundation course which
runs for 4 weeks, for those wanting to have a deeper and
broader understanding of biblical truth on many subjects. It
has proved to be just what people have needed to take them in
their understanding to the next level."
"The material is well presented and easy to follow on a one
to one basis, and is well set out for the student of the word,
to help them answer the relevant questions being asked! I would
recommend this course as being the best of its kind available
in New Zealand at the moment."
Pastor, 'Central Baptist' Invercargill
"At Invercargill Central Baptist Church we have used the
'River' Course in a small group setting, especially as a follow
up to 'ALPHA.' We have found that it lends itself to small group discussion.
It would also be helpful as a tool for one-on-one discipleship."
Pastor, 'City Apostolic Church' Christchurch
"We, at City Church, have been using this tool in all our
discipling roles. In the lead-up to the recent Impact World
Tour here in Christchurch, many churches were looking for a
suitable follow up tool and I was pleased to be able to show
with much confidence your publication. It had, I understand,
the endorsement of the local IWT Discipleship Co-coordinator!
I just love the way it starts with the paragraph, 'So.
You've become a Christian. What did you do?' And then goes
on to challenge the participant as to what in fact happened
when they received Jesus into their life. I trust all goes well
with promoting this wonderful tool."
Training and Mission, 'Worship Center' Tauranga
"We've used the 'River Bible Course' as a tool for our new
Christians for some time now. It's proved to be efficient, user
friendly and very helpful. It can be used by individuals by themselves,
or used in a group setting with a leader; thus accommodating varying requirements.
I know the course purpose, layout, language and content will not
disappoint a prospective user."
Rev, 'Cobden-Runanga Anglican Parish' New Zealand
"I have used the 'River Bible Study' course with new Christians as a way
of instructing them in the basics of the faith and have found it simple
and easy for folk to work through. It covers all the main areas needed in
grounding a new Christian in the faith and does so with constant reference to
scripture. It is a wonderful tool and I have no hesitation in recommending it."
Pastor, 'Hibiscus Apostolic Church' Hibiscus Coast
"There is GREAT NEED in the Body of Christ for good,
comprehensive and practical Bible courses for Christian
discipleship. The 'River Bible Course' is one of these. It
is not only well presented and practical, but it is simple and
easy to follow in its presentation of Christian doctrines, plus it is
very well priced for the quality of material. I personally think that
it is one of the best discipleship books of its kind that I have seen.
I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this book."
Pastor, 'The Manna House' Waimate
"Not only does the course cover the matters of importance that
we want to teach new Christians, but it also provokes questions
from the group. In our case it has taken almost a year to
complete the 14 study course as discussion following the
questions raised have enabled us to address all manner of
related matters that were important to the participants
Spiritual growth. Some studies have taken us 3 or 4 sessions
to complete. As a result we have found these folk not only gain
an greater appreciation of the Word, but they have also
embraced the church community with a greater sense of ownership."
Pastor, 'Glen Eden Baptist Church' Auckland
"Last year we tried the 'River' course and it was a great
success, we could not have had anything better. It flowed well
with everyone, no-matter what stage they were at with the Lord.
The 'River' is something that you can jump into and take it to any
depth you choose. Thank you for the enormous amount of time
and effort that you have put into designing such a wonderful resource.