Friday, 24 August 2012
I'm excited that our church is beginning "The Gospel Project" in September. This three-year curriculum, brand new from LifeWay Christian Resources, will focus our attention each week on the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The preschoolers and children will walk through the Bible chronologically, from the Creation in Genesis to the Judgment in Revelation. They'll take a month-long break each Christmas and Easter season to give attention to the birth of Jesus and His death and resurrection. But then they'll get right back into the story where they left off. For most, this will be the first time they have studied the Bible from beginning to ending.
The approach used in the youth and adult curriculum is more topical, thematic. For example, one quarter they may zip through the Old Testament to see how the prophets emphasized the coming of the Messiah. Another quarter they may survey the New Testament to see what the Good News of Jesus is really all about. Another quarter they may study the Doctrine of Salvation, using passages from both the Old and New Testaments.
This first quarter we will be looking at the four components of the Gospel message: God, Man, Christ, and Response. What do I mean by that? God created the world and it was very good. Man sinned and spoiled God's perfect creation. Christ lived a sinless life and died on the cross to pay for our sin. Now it is up to each of us to make a response of repentance, faith and commitment in order to be saved.
That's a pretty good study for this fall, don't you think?
Over and over again for the next three years we will be pointing our youth and adults to the Bible and saying, "See? There it is again! The Gospel. It's all over the place, in every story, on every page. God loves you and wants to redeem you through the blood of Jesus. Whether it's a prophet swallowed by a fish, a righteous man suffering unimaginable tragedy, or a child raised from the dead . . . it's all about Jesus and what He has done for you, if you will only receive Him."