Vintage Jesus is a twelve-part DVD curriculum featuring Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA.
Based on Driscoll’s 12-part sermon series from the fall of 2006, and the book of the same name published in 2008, Vintage Jesus answers 12 of the most important questions about the person and work of Jesus Christ.
If you’ve read the book or watched the sermon series, you’re not going to find anything new in terms of content, but it’s no less compelling. Truly, Vintage Jesus is Vintage Driscoll.
Driscoll’s presents with passion and authority a Jesus who demands to be worshipped—A biblical Jesus. And it’s a breath of fresh air. He shows participants not only Christ as our incarnate example, but also our great and exalted King. Covering the whole of Scripture, he gives us an understanding of how the Bible is all about Jesus and addresses some of the more common critiques related to Christ and Scripture.
Particularly compelling is Driscoll’s (correct) assertion of Scripture’s inerrancy. A case in point: When addressing the issue of the virgin birth, Driscoll comments briefly on a popular author who wrote that if we found out that Jesus wasn’t really born of a virgin, we wouldn’t really lose anything. Driscoll illustrates that this is anything but the case: If you lose the virgin birth, you actually lose everything. If Scripture lies about Jesus, you lose Jesus and you lose Scripture. This is a hard, but necessary, correction.
What you will find less of is Driscoll’s often ribald humor. Because of the format and time constraints (or editing), the jokes are toned down and far less frequent than what you’d find on a typical Sunday at Mars Hill. And frankly, this helps Driscoll out a lot because he doesn’t need to be “funny” to be compelling. His passion for Jesus and the Bible is captivating. If nothing else, this series is a wonderful opportunity to see Driscoll for what he truly is: An extremely gifted preacher.
A couple of minor points
While I love the content, I’ve got to say the set was a little jarring. Driscoll is placed in a blindingly white room not unlike the loading room from The Matrix. Additionally, some of the editing is just… strange. I’m not really sure how else to describe it, but I found many of the cuts to the audience to be oddly placed. These might be a bit silly to point out, but they were a bit distracting.
With hard questions and deep theology, Vintage Jesus will challenge small groups to build a powerful vision of Jesus Christ—one who is both our example and our King. One who is both our servant and demands our surrender.
It’s a Jesus worthy of worship.
Watch the trailer for the DVD series: