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The Man of Galilee series brings new wave of understanding to Jesus’ ministry

27 April 2018 Media releases

A new six-part documentary series focusing on the ministry of Jesus in Galilee has been launched in Sydney.

The Man of Galilee series takes a first-hand look at the locations that Jesus Christ called home, and explores how his teachings remain relevant today.

The host of this powerful documentary and Superintendent of Wesley Mission, the Rev Keith Garner, explores the ministry of Jesus in the context of first century life, and visits the towns and cities that Jesus called his home.

Jesus questioned much of first century life and called followers then as he does now. His teachings remain meaningful today.

The documentary explores the ministry of Jesus in the context of first century life by visiting historic locations including The Sea of Galilee and Nazareth, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Tiberias, Tabgha, Magdala, at the Mount of Beatitudes and along the Jordan River. He also invites viewers to ask their own questions about the impact of Jesus’ life and ministry of earth.

“Throughout my ministry, I’ve been very conscious of the importance of the Galilee in Jesus’ ministry,” Mr Garner said. “Galilee was the predominate part of Jesus’ ministry. It is in this context that he told his stories. It’s at Galilee where he reveals himself as the risen Lord.

“It was where he lived, taught and brought about remarkable change in people’s lives. Two thousand years later, it is possible to imagine, and even enter into God’s calling in the person of Jesus Christ, through conversation with others as you visit this beautiful area. So much of this beautiful area of Galilee impacted upon his teachings and the illustrations he used. The crowds could easily move from town to town to listen to him.

“My hope for this series is that it enables you to understand the region and feel the call of Jesus Christ upon your life today. We are invited to consider afresh not only what his calling meant for the first disciples, but also what it can mean for those of us who have to live out our faith in the cities, towns and villages of the 21st century. I want to encourage churches to use it and discover the Jesus story.

Each of the six videos has a study guide and questions.

“My real hope is that this Man of Galilee will become Lord and saviour to those who watch it and that they can put their trust in this man who has changed this world, and can change their lives,” Mr Garner said.

The Sea of Galilee is shaped like a harp. It’s just 21 kilometres long, 13 kilometres at its widest and lies 200 metres below sea level, with an average depth of just 25 metres.

In the first century, there were over 200 towns and villages around the Sea of Galilee, and more than 250 boats fished its waters. The Galilee was a great agricultural area and was the setting for much of the mission of Jesus Christ. It has much to say to us today

Watch the trailer or order the series for your church or study group here.

  • Episode 1: Who is the Man of Galilee
  • Episode 2: How does Jesus call people?
  • Episode 3: How does Jesus teach people?
  • Episode 4: How Jesus spoke to others
  • Episode 5: Detractors and adversaries
  • Episode 6: Life and religion

The series will be broadcast on Channel Nine across six Sundays at 5.30 am from Sunday 29 April to Sunday 3 June.