Friday, August 30, 2013

Evaluating the last year - The Gospel Project

One year ago this week, we started using The Gospel Project curriculum in Connect Group at Scotts Hill Baptist Church. It is different from what we had done in the past. It's been challenging, yet very rewarding. 

While preparing the lesson some weeks, I have said to myself, "Really, a whole lesson on this?" Other weeks I have said, "We could study this topic for a month, and I have to squeeze it into one lesson!" 

Hindsight is 20-20. Looking back and analyzing, I see the value of what we have studied. Theological doctrines I was weak in have been strengthened. Other doctrines I haven't studied in awhile were refreshed. Not in my group, but I have heard some rumblings about the curriculum.  When I hear this I wonder, if we as Christians don't understand these doctrines, how are we to apply the truths of the Bible to our everyday situations. To phrase the questions another way, "How are we to view our current situation through the lens of the Bible if we don't know the basic truths of the Bible?" Answering my own question, I believe we have so many "Christians" who are swayed by the American culture BECAUSE of this - they don't know the unwavering truths of the Bible and message of the Gospel.

So, we are sticking with the Gospel Project.

- Jeff Wenzel
- Twitter: @jeffwenzel

The text below comes from the 9Marks website Q&A section. Great ministry. Great website.

Why is biblical theology essential for a Christian’s discipleship and growth?

1. Biblical theology teaches a Christian to understand his or her own story in light of God’s story. When a Christian understands that God is sovereign over all of history and has been working out one sweeping plan of salvation for thousands of years, it helps put his own story in perspective.

2. Biblical theology teaches a Christian where he’s from and where he’s going. Biblical theology puts together the whole story of the Bible, from creation to the new creation. When a Christian understands that he began in sin like the rest of humankind but is now headed toward an eternity of joyful fellowship with God and God’s people it will inspire endurance, hope, and joy in the midst of struggles.

3. Biblical theology teaches a Christian how the whole Bible fits together. If you just drop into a book in the Bible without knowing where it’s set in redemptive history you’re likely to become confused and discouraged. But biblical theology helps Christians understand how the whole Bible fits together, which illumines our understanding of each individual part.

4. Biblical theology teaches a Christian how to apply all the different parts of the Bible to his or her life. What on earth do Levitical sacrifices have to do with a Christian? What about the Israelite conquest of Canaan? Or the kingship of David and Solomon? Biblical theology helps Christians understand all of these portions of Scripture in light of the work of Christ to which they point, and it helps Christians see how they are relevant for their lives today.

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