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“ReFrame represents one of the most exciting prospects in Regent’s history.”
-- Dr. Jim Houston, Founding Principal, Regent College

The ReFrame film project is a dynamic and thought-provoking discipleship course that helps everyday people connect the Gospel with all aspects of life—everywhere. ReFrame’s vision is to unleash the Church’s missional impact in society by helping ordinary Christians live out the Gospel in their workplaces, coffee shops, gyms, labs, homes, retirement, cities: the whole of life, everywhere.

This 10-week video-based course helps Christians explore how the Bible and the power of Christ reframes our lives, and invites us to reframe our world with him.

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Next Course Dates

Stay tuned for the launch of the ReFrame film project in Fall 2014!

Next Course Registration

None at this time.

Course Overview

The ReFrame discipleship course is designed for small groups, leadership teams, workplace communities, or friends seeking a deeper knowledge of faith and life together. It involves a dynamic mix of lectures by renowned theological speakers from Regent College, engaging conversation, and group interaction. For detailed descriptions of each session, refer to the Sessions tab below.

  • Session 1: The Story that Reframes Everything
  • Session 2: Cultural Stories: The Stories that Frame Our Lives Today
  • Session 3: The Biblical Story: Creation and Fall
  • Session 4: The Biblical Story: Israel and Covenant
  • Session 5: The Biblical Story: Jesus – The Climax of History
  • Session 6: The Biblical Story: New Heavens and New Earth
  • Session 7: The Biblical Story: Pentecost and the Power of the Spirit
  • Session 8: Kingdom Living: Aliens or Ambassadors?
  • Session 9: Kingdom Living: Life as Ambassadors
  • Session 10: Joyful Living: Encounter, Understand, Respond

Previous Regent faculty speakers include:

  • Paul Williams, Marketplace Theology
  • Iain Provan, Biblical Studies
  • Phil Long, Old Testament
  • Rikk Watts, New Testament
  • Ross Hastings, Pastoral Theology
  • Bruce Hindmarsh, Spiritual Theology
  • Craig Gay, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • John Stackhouse, Theology and Culture
  • Don Lewis, Church History
  • Sarah Williams, Church History

Sessions

Session 1: The Story that Reframes Everything 
This session introduces the main themes of the course, particularly the challenge of faith and life amid the complexities of the modern world. The lecture explores the power of story in answering some of life’s most compelling questions. Using the account of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, this session invites us to hear the biblical story afresh and encounter Jesus along the way.

Session 2: Cultural Stories: The Stories that Frame Our Lives Today 
This session explores key aspects of the narratives that dominate our culture today. The lecture asks the questions: Who am I? Who are we? How do we think about our social and cultural identity? And, why does this matter? It invites participants to consider how cultural narratives powerfully shape our sense of identity and how we live.

Session 3: The Biblical Story: Creation and Fall 
If the story of modernity provides one account of what it means to be human, what is our story? This session looks back to the beginning of the Christian story, focusing on the biblical account of creation found in Genesis 1–3. Using these foundational chapters, the lecture leads us to discover the goodness of the created order, the creation of human persons in the image of God, and the human vocation to cultivate the earth (Gen 1:28). This lecture also looks at the entrance of human sin into the world, and the effects of sin on people’s relationship with God, with one another, and with the rest of creation.

Session 4: The Biblical Story: Israel and Covenant 
Most Christians are familiar with the beginning of the Old Testament, but what happens after Genesis Chapter 3? This lecture takes us beyond the creation story into the formation of Israel as God’s people, and explores the way God works in the world by calling a particular people to worship him in time, space, and culture. Touching on the themes of exodus and exile, and covenant and law, the session helps us wrestle with and understand the role of the Old Testament as a part of our Christian story in a fresh and compelling way.

Session 5: The Biblical Story: Jesus—the Climax of History 
Having spent time exploring the story of Israel, we now come to the life and work of Jesus Christ. This session leads us through the life of Jesus in its historical and cultural context, and demonstrates how Jesus is the climax and fulfillment of the Christian story. In short, Jesus redefined what it meant to be the people of God. This session invites us to see how Jesus came to reconstitute Israel through his mission and message, and creates space for participants to personally respond to him.

Session 6: The Biblical Story: New Heavens and New Earth 
Just as Jesus reflected the true image of God in his life and death, his resurrection signified the world made new. This session examines the resurrection of Jesus, its significance in history, and its meaning for the Christian life. It explores the consummation of history in the New Jerusalem, showing how creation will be transformed and renewed. The lecture encourages participants to see how the scriptural picture of relational peace—in which humans experience right relationships with God, with one another, and with the rest of creation—has implications for our lives today.

Session 7: The Biblical Story: Pentecost and the Power of the Spirit 
The story continues with Jesus’s promise of the Holy Spirit to his disciples. Using John 20: 19–23 as a key text, this lecture talks about the person of the Holy Spirit and his role in the Christian story. It invites us to understand the church from the perspective of being receivers and sharers of Christ’s shalom. Our role as participants in God’s mission is transformed, as we work not in our own strength but in step with the Spirit. In this session there is also opportunity for prayer and communion.

Session 8: Kingdom Living: Aliens or Ambassadors? 
One of the challenges of living faithfully as Christians in the modern world is the temptation to either assimilate into or withdraw from our culture. This lecture uses the metaphor of being an ambassador to describe our true identity, grounding our ultimate citizenship in heaven. As strangers in the world, we are called to live as ambassadors sent with the purpose of participating in God’s work. This session encourages us to explore what this might mean in our own workplaces and communities.

Session 9: Kingdom Living: Life as Ambassadors
Having explored the biblical concept of ambassadorship, in this session we develop a framework for how we live out the call to be ambassadors. We will consider how individuals and communities can live authentically as Christians in all aspects of life—the marketplace, education, science, art, home, politics, the city—in light of the entire Christian story.

Session 10: Joyful Living: Encounter, Understand, Respond
In this final session we will review the ReFrame journey and ask the critical question: How can we respond to the invitation to live out our story in God’s story? We will look at what we can learn from the transformation of the disciples at the end of Luke, as they encountered the risen Jesus.

FAQs

GENERAL:

Is ReFrame a course in Vancouver, or is it available as a video series?
Both. ReFrame has been offered as a 10-session course run live in Vancouver. We are currently focusing our efforts on producing ReFrame as a DVD/online series that we hope to launch Fall of 2014.

Is it a "for-credit" Regent course?
No. This is not a Regent student course. The course is designed for people who aren’t at Regent: homemakers, business people, teachers, church workers etc. in their local church communities.

Do you have to be academic to do the course?
No. The course is designed especially for those who would not necessarily attend a theological seminary. All that’s required is a desire to know the Bible more!

REFRAME FILM PROJECT AND DONOR INFORMATION:

How do I give?

Make a gift online:
You can give by credit card on the Regent donor projects page.

Mail a cheque designated for "ReFrame Campaign"
Make a gift to Regent College and receive a Canadian tax receipt:
Regent College
Attn: Donor Relations
5800 University Blvd., Vancouver, BC, V6T 2E4

Make a gift to Regent College Foundation and receive a US tax receipt:
Regent College Foundation
PO Box 33276, Seattle, WA 98133

Make a gift to Friends of Regent College Canada Trust and take advantage of the UK Gift Aid provision:
Friends of Regent College Canada Trust
Wootton Chase
Wootton St Lawrence
Basingstoke, Hampshire RG23 8PE

Donate by phone
Make a credit card gift designated to "ReFrame Campaign" over the phone by calling Donor Relations toll-free in North America: 1.800.663.8664. From anywhere else in the world, phone +1.604.224.3245.

Are donations tax deductable?
Donations are fully tax deductable in Canada, the U.S, and the U.K. Please select the appropriate foundation when making a donation. Unfortunately, we cannot offer tax deductions for other countries (but we’re just as grateful!).

What will my money go towards?
Your money will go towards meeting the costs involved in producing the DVDs (scripting, pre-production, filming, and the long task of editing!), facilitator guides, participant guides, a website, distribution, and additional support resources.

When will ReFrame be available as video series?
We hope the ReFrame video series will be available in 2014.

How can I contact you?
We would love to hear from you! You can email us at marketplace@regent-college.edu or call us at 604.221.3308.

Video Clips and Testimonials

"For me it has been an after-ReFrame and before-ReFrame kind of thing. I can't express how many insights I got and how much my relationship with God and my surroundings changed for the better."

"Each session engaged us spiritually, intellectually, aesthetically, and socially."

"The course has indeed reframed my thinking about my career and work. Since the course ended, I have found myself consciously trying to be an 'ambassador' and trying to speak 'life' to the people around me."

Highlights:

"The opportunity to hear Regent faculty present in a non-academic setting. I think the benefits will continue to manifest themselves in our church community."

"Seeing how the Christian story could be presented in a fresh, compelling, and contemporary way."

"The 'real life-real situations' approach, as well as the idea of how our story is tied to a larger story. That was an amazing, eye-opening experience!"

"The course provided a unique opportunity for several generations from our church to come together and learn and share more intimately."

"It moved us to think in new ways, to engage in discussion, and to live more engaged in our faith."

"It was encouraging to see how God has and is working in the lives of other professionals who love Jesus and are committed to having an integrated, authentic faith."

"It has definitely reframed the way we see the world around us and our position as a steward of creation and an ambassador for the kingdom of God."

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