The third season of TV program "The Way of the Master" is currently available on DVD and the show's hosts are hoping that it will not only help churches and ministries spiritually, but also financially.
"Due to current economic conditions, many Christian ministries are hurting financially, that's why the producers of an awarding-winning TV program are packaging their third season in a way to help ministries generate funds," the show's promoters explained.
While anyone can purchase the DVD online, ministries will be able to sell the 13-episode series before they even purchase it and those with a website qualify for a discount.
"It's a win-win situation, in that it will help ministries generate much needed funds, and it will also help us to equip Christians we normally couldn't reach," commented preacher Ray Comfort who co-hosts "The Way of the Master" with actor Kirk Cameron.
Aired via satellite to around 70 nations every week, "The Way of the Master" features real-life witnessing in action. In each 30-minute program, Comfort and Cameron teach Christians how to share their faith effectively and inoffensively, taking the gospel to malls and movie theaters, college campuses and local coffee houses.
"Our goal is to teach the Body of Christ around the world how to reach the lost biblically – the way Jesus did," commented Cameron, who also stars in the movie "Fireproof."
According to the late Bill Bright, who had surveyed millions of Christians all over the world since he founded Campus Crusade for Christ, less than two percent of the professing Christians in America take seriously the task of sharing Christ.
"Though they believe no one comes to the Father but by Christ, they do not share the good news," he wrote in a commentary based upon a presentation he made at the 2002 Southern Baptist Convention.
Comfort and Cameron say they have produced the third season of their television program because they want to change that statistic.
They believe that every Christian should be horrified at the thought of friends and loved ones going to Hell and that they should want to reach them.
"A venomous beast is hanging on to the hand of the body of Christ. The hand is your outreach to the lost. That old serpent, the devil, he wants to sink his teeth into your area of effectiveness, pour in his venom, and brainwash you," Cameron says in one of the show's episodes.
And so the first goal of "The Way of the Master" is to help believers spiritually, enabling them to learn how to reach those who are Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, understand why Christianity is unique, know God's will for their life, and to rediscover a passion for the lost.
In addition to insightful interviews with experts such as the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, R. C. Sproul, Joni Eareckson Tada, Ravi Zacharias, and James White, the third series of "The Way of the Master" also look closely at Hollywood and its powerful influence on the world, and why America is losing God's blessings.
The season was filmed in high definition, was two years in the making and incorporates special effects and sequences that range from sky-diving to bank robbery to jumping from a crashing plane.
"All this makes for captivating television," commented Cameron.
But the actor – who was best known for his role in the hit TV show "Growing Pains" before his conversion in the late 1980s – emphasizes the show's main purpose is to educate and equip.
"There's no better news than 'the gift of God is eternal life,'" Cameron said in "The Way of the Master."
"So if you're a Christian, start spreading the news!"
Since the series first started, "The Way of the Master" has won seven awards, is now on 31 networks, and is in 70 countries. The new DVD series will be nearly twice the length of television episodes and will include out-takes and bloopers.
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Details of how to get the series for your church or youth group (or ministry) at www.livingwaters.com