Travel to the Holy Land this summer without getting on a plane. These DVD bible studies and documentaries will take you to the Holy Land, Europe and the Middle East as the hosts visit important locations of biblical stories and Christian history. See the actual places where biblical characters lived and expand your understanding of historical events. Many of these videos would also appeal to youth and intergenerational gatherings.
That the World May Know
Many of our groups are familiar with this popular series by Ray Vander Laan. Each volume in the series is a self-contained bible study on a different topic with 5-8 sessions. In every study, Vander Laan travels to the biblical locations he references in the lessons. Each DVD is accompanied by a leader’s guide and discovery guide that provide lots of context and instruction for supplementing the video.
There are currently 16 volumes in the series. Topics cover everything from the life of Jesus to the Old Testament to the Apostles. View the complete list of titles in this series.
Drive Thru History
Dave Stotts speeds through the ancient world of the Bible, delivering a fast-paced encounter with the people, places, and events that have shaped the Christian faith. The videos include on-location explorations, plus loads of animations and narration that’s definitely “outside the classroom.” From the Patriarchs, to the crossing of the Jordan River into the Promised Land, to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, you will experience a visually exciting journey through the land of the Bible, revealing the history and culture behind the stories of Scripture.
There are 4 volumes in this series. Each volume contains 3 lessons and a PDF with discussion questions designed for groups and families. View the complete list of titles in this series.
Stevie’s Trek to the Holy Land
These award-winning 30-minute videos follow Stevie on a journey through a biblical story in the locations where it took place. These videos are designed for teens and tweens, but they would be a fun adventure for adults, too.
There are 5 volumes in this series that cover the biblical stories of Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus. View the complete list of titles in this series.
David Nunn hosts several documentaries where he travels throughout the Holy Land explaining biblical events. Some of these DVDs include a PDF of biblical references. These would make for a fun movie night!
The complete list of documentaries hosted by David Nunn:
- Exploring Biblical Jordan
- The Holy City …and a Garden
- Journeying with Jesus in the Holy Land
- Galloping through the Gospels
- St. Paul in Greece
- The Seven Churches of Revelation Rediscovered
United Methodist Pastor Rob Fuquay has released 3 small-group studies in which he travels abroad to illustrate the lessons. With visits to the Holy Land, the Middle East, and Europe, Fuquay teaches about the “I Am” saying of Jesus, the journeys of Paul, and the Reformation of Martin Luther. Each study is 6 sessions and includes a leader’s guide and study guide.
DVD studies by Rob Fuquay:
- The God We Can Know: Exploring the “I Am” Sayings of Jesus
- Which Way, Lord? Exploring Your Life’s Purpose in the Journeys of Paul
- A New Reformation: From Luther’s World to Ours
United Methodist Pastor Adam Hamilton has released many DVD studies, but several of them feature his travels abroad as he teaches about Simon Peter, Moses, Paul, Jesus, and even John Wesley. Each study is 6 sessions and includes a leader’s guide and a book.
DVD studies featuring Adam Hamilton’s travels:
- Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple
- Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet
- The Call: The Life and Message of the Apostle Paul
- Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It
- The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
Request These Books
These books can be borrowed for free by anyone involved with a United Methodist church in the North Carolina Conference. We can even mail them to you! All you need to do is fill out the Resource Request Form.