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Feedback and focus groups on "The Rescuer" stories

"The Rescuer" is a tiny summary of the story of the world. SYNC has created seven versions of this story, each slanted in a different way. We are currently testing them with the Global Research Team of  One Challenge  in six countries and would be happy for more.
Four ways you can help via  the feedback link  or by e-mail to
  • Send your own comments on  the Mercy Season version  of "The Rescuer"
  • Send your own comments on all seven versions of "The Rescuer" (download below)
  • Invite your friends to send us comments on one or more of the versions
  • Discuss two of the seven versions (your choice) in a 90-minute focus group (download guidelines below)
You are also free to edit any of the versions, combine some of them, ask what is behind them, experiment with one or more, or create an eighth version of your own.

Download "Guidelines for 'Rescuer' Focus Groups"

Instructions for testers 


All versions of the story are intended to be useful for three categories of people:

  1. New believers get a better grasp and appreciation of what they have got into

  2. Not-yet-believers get a sketch of the biblical story and some idea of what it would mean for them to say “I’m in.”

  3. Long-time believers also enjoy the versions, feeling that old truths are striking them in new ways. They may use some parts or ideas as they share, disciple, or parent.


Each version of “The Rescuer” is two pages long. In all versions the body of the story (1 ½ pages) includes the same seven basic components—creation, Abraham (& OT), Christ, Pentecost, mercy, persecution, and Second Coming. But each version gives special prominence to only one of these seven themes.


Each version has an optional “Epilogue” (1/2 page) that reflects back on the implications of the story. The implications are spelled out in five “yes” affirmations covering the same five topics in the same order but worded differently in each version. The final paragraph of each epilogue is framed around Jesus’ declaration of the good news, using the same declaration wording as was used in the body of that version of the story. 


The Epilogue is primarily for those who already are saying “I’m in.” It may or may not be appropriate for those who have not yet said that yet. You decide whether to use the Epilogue or just discuss the story itself.

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