I've had quite a few questions lately about The Gospel Project, and I realized it may be helpful to provide a brief explanation.
The Gospel Project is a church wide curriculum, providing material for children, students, and adults. It is published by Lifeway, and several pastors from multiple denominations contribute to the material. The central focus of all the material, as you may have guessed, is the gospel.
The Gospel Project is actually a 3 year long study, that has been published quarterly since Fall 2012. Back in 2012, Gilead Friends Church used their first quarterly study, The God Who Speaks, as both a small group study material that was utilized by multiple home groups, as well as a series of sermons preached by Pastor Brian Mosher. While that study was immensely helpful to many, we decided not to spend the next three years utilizing only one source of material.
A few months ago, the children's ministry committee decided to switch curriculum for the kids, and started utilizing the Gospel Project For Kids, beginning with the original material and moving through each quarter chronologically. So the kids are currently finishing up the 1st quarter of the 12 part series. This curriculum takes them from Genesis to Revelation, chronologically, over the course of 3 years. You can see what they have learned so far HERE.
We recently also realized that in the past 3 years, we have had a lot of new people come to Gilead Friends! The first study that we did had a profound impact on many people, both new Christians and those who had grown up in church. We didn't want those who were newer to us, or who were unable to attend a small group the first time, to miss out. So starting on April 29th, Todd Retterer has been teaching a class on Wednesday nights, using the 1st quarter material, The God Who Speaks. Anyone who would like to come is still invited to attend. It's not too late to jump in.
At the same time, starting this coming Sunday, May 10th, Pastor Brian will be utilizing the final study in the series: The Gospel-Centered Life. Anyone who would like to study along at home with this sermon series is invited to pick up a book. They will be available for free at the Welcome Center. Our youth group will also be using the student books during their Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings.
I hope this helps clear up a little bit how we as a church have been uniquely utilizing this helpful resource. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
Taken from The Daily Encourager May 13th, 2014
In GENESIS, Jesus is the Ram at Abraham's altar
In EXODUS, He's the Passover Lamb
In LEVITICUS, He's the High Priest
In NUMBERS, He's the Cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night
In DEUTERONOMY, He's the City of our Refuge
In JOSHUA, He's the Scarlet Thread out by Rahab's Window
In JUDGES, He is our King
In RUTH, He is our Kinsman Redeemer
In 1st and 2nd SAMUEL, He's our Trusted Prophet
In KINGS and CHRONICLES, He's our Reigning King
In EZRA, He is our Faithful Scribe
In NEHEMIAH, He's the Rebuilder of everything that is broken
In ESTHER, He is the Mordecai sitting faithful at the gate
In JOB, He is Our Redeemer that ever livethIn PSALMS, He is My Shepherd
In PROVERBS and ECCLESIASTES, He is Our Wisdom
In the SONG OF SOLOMON, He's the Beautiful Bridegroom
In ISAIAH, He's the Suffering Servant
In JEREMIAH and LAMENTATIONS, He's the Weeping Prophet
In EZEKIEL, He's the Wonderful Four-Faced Man
In DANIEL, He is the Fourth Man in the midst of a fiery furnace
In HOSEA, He is My Love that is Forever Faithful
In JOEL, He is the Holy Spirit
In AMOS, He's our Burden Bearer
In OBADIAH, He's Our Savior
In JONAH, He is the Great Foreign Missionary
In MICAH, He is the Messenger with Beautiful Feet
In NAHUM, He is the Avenger
In HABAKKUK, He is the Watchman that is ever praying for revival
In ZEPHANIAH, He is the Lord Mighty to Save
In HAGGAI, He is the Restorer of our Lost Heritage
In ZECHARIAH, He is Our Fountain
In MALACHI, He is the Son of Righteousness with Healing in His Wings
In MATTHEW, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God"
In MARK, He's the Miracle Worker
In LUKE, He's the Son of Man
In JOHN, He is the Door by which everyone of us must enter
In ACTS, He is the Shining Light that appears to Saul on the Damascus road
In ROMANS, He is our Justifier
In 1st CORINTHIANS, He is our Resurrection
In 2nd CORNITHIANS, He is our Sin Bearer
In GALATIANS, He is Our Redeemer
In EPHESIANS, He is our Unsearchable Riches
In PHILIPPIANS, He is the Supplier of Our Eevery Need
In COLOSSIANS, He's the Fullness of the Godhead Bodily
In 1st and 2nd THESSALONIANS, He is our Soon Coming King
In 1st and 2nd TIMOTHY, He is the Mediator between God and man
In TITUS, He is our Blessed Hope
In PHILEMON, He is the Friend that sticks closer than a brother
In HEBREWS, He's the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant
In JAMES, He is the Healer of the Sick
In 1st and 2nd PETER, He is the Chief Shepherd
In 1st, 2nd, and 3rd JOHN, He is the Author of Love
In JUDE, He is the Lord coming with 10,000 Saints
And in REVELATION, He is the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
This video was shared in the Reclamation Sunday School class yesterday, and was alluded to by Pastor Brian in the sermon. I would challenge you to watch the entire video.
Jesus Through the Bible
Philip Graham Ryken
We believe in a Christ-centered Bible. The salvation that was expected in the Old Testament is exhibited in the Gospels and then explained in the rest of the New Testament.
From Genesis we learn that Jesus is the seed of the woman who will crush Satan’s head, and the son of Abraham who will bless all the nations of the earth. From Exodus we learn that Jesus is the Passover Lamb whose blood saves us from the angel of death, and the wilderness tabernacle where God dwells in glory. From Leviticus we learn that He is the atoning sacrifice that takes away our sin. From Numbers we learn that He is the bronze serpent lifted up for everyone who looks to Him in faith. From Deuteronomy we learn that He is the prophet greater than Moses who comes to teach us God’s will.
So much for the Pentateuch.
What do we learn from the historical books? From Joshua we learn that Jesus is our great captain in the fight. From Judges we learn that He is the king who helps us do what is right in God’s eyes, and not our own. FromRuth we learn that Jesus is our kinsman-redeemer. From 1 and 2 Samuelwe learn that He is our anointed king. From 1 and 2 Kings we learn that He is the glory in the temple. From 1 and 2 Chronicles we learn that He is the Son of David — the rightful king of Judah. From Ezra and Nehemiah we learn that He will restore the city of God. From Esther we learn that He will deliver us from all our enemies.
Then we come to the poetic writings. From Job we learn that Jesus is our living redeemer, who will stand on the earth at the last day. From the Psalmswe learn that He is the sweet singer of Israel — the Savior forsaken by God and left to die, yet restored by God to rule the nations. From Proverbs we learn that Jesus is our wisdom. From Ecclesiastes we learn that He alone can give us meaning and purpose. From the Song of Solomon we learn that He is the lover of our souls.
This brings us to the prophets, whose special mission it was to prophesy about the coming of Christ. Isaiah tells that He is the child born of the Virgin, the son given to rule, the shoot from the stump of Jesse, and the servant stricken and afflicted, upon whom God has laid all our iniquity. Jeremiah and Lamentations tell us that Jesus is our comforter in sorrow, the mediator of a new covenant who turns our weeping into songs of joy. Ezekiel tells us that the Spirit of Jesus can breathe life into dry bones and make a heart of stone beat again. Daniel tells us that Jesus is the Son of Man coming in clouds of glory to render justice on the earth.
These are the Major Prophets, but the Minor Prophets also bore witness to Jesus Christ. Hosea prophesied that He would be a faithful husband to His wayward people. Joel prophesied that before He came to judge the nations, Jesus would pour out His Spirit on men and women, Jews and Gentiles, young and old. Amos and Obadiah prophesied that He would restore God’s kingdom. Jonah prophesied that for the sake of the nations, He would be raised on the third day. Micah prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. Nahum prophesied that He would judge the world. Habakkukprophesied that He would justify those who live by faith. Zephaniahprophesied He would rejoice over His people with singing. Haggaiprophesied that He would rebuild God’s temple. Zechariah prophesied that He would come in royal gentleness, riding on a donkey, and that when He did, all God’s people would be holy. Malachi prophesied that before He came, a prophet would turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children.
From Genesis to Malachi, the Old Testament is all about Jesus. But of course it is in the New Testament that Jesus actually comes to save His people. Whereas the Old Testament gives us His background, the New Testament presents His biography.
The gospels give us the good news of salvation through His crucifixion and resurrection. The Gospel of Matthew is that Jesus is the Messiah God promised to Israel. The Gospel of Mark is that He is the suffering servant. The Gospel of Luke is that He is a Savior for everyone, including the poor and the weak. The Gospel of John is that He is the incarnate word, the Son of God, the light of the world, the bread of life, and the only way of salvation. But all the gospels end with the same good news: Jesus died on the cross for sinners and was raised again to give eternal life; anyone who believes in Him will be saved.
Then the New Testament turns its attention to the church, which is still about Jesus because the church is His body. The book of Acts shows how Jesus is working in the church today, through the gospel, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Then come all the letters that were written to the church — letters that tell about Jesus and how to live for Him. In Romans Jesus is righteousness from God for Jews and Gentiles; in 1 and 2 Corinthians He is the one who unifies the church and gives us spiritual gifts for ministry. In Galatians Jesus liberates us from legalism; in Ephesians He is the head of the church; inPhilippians He is the joy of our salvation; in Colossians He is the firstborn over all creation. In 1 and 2 Thessalonians Jesus is coming soon to deliver us from this evil age; in 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus He shepherds His people; and in Philemon He reconciles brothers who are separated by sin. This is the gospel according to Paul.
Hebrews is an easy one: Jesus is the great high priest who died for sin once and for all on the cross and who sympathizes with us in all our weakness. In the epistle of James, Jesus helps us to prove our faith by doing good works. In the epistles of Peter He is our example in suffering. In the letters of JohnHe is the Lord of love. In Jude He is our Master and Teacher. Last, but not least, comes the book of Revelation, in which Jesus Christ is revealed as the Lamb of God slain for sinners, Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end, the King of kings and Lord of lords, the great Judge over all the earth, and the glorious God of heaven.
The Bible says that in Jesus "all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17) and this is as true of the Bible as it is of anything else. Jesus holds the whole Bible together. From Genesis to Revelation, the Word of God is all about Jesus, and therefore it has the power to bring salvation through faith in Him. It is by reading the Bible that we come to know Jesus, and it is by coming to know Jesus that we are saved. This is why we are so committed to God’s Word, why it is the foundation for everything we do, both as a church and as individual Christians.
We love the Word because it brings us to Christ.
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Jesus Through the Bible by Philip Graham Ryken.
2005 Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.
Revised 2007, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. All rights reserved.
All Scripture from English Standard Version of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
Philip Ryken is the Bible teacher on the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals’ weekly radio broadcast, Every Last Word, and is a member of the Alliance Council. Dr. Ryken also serves as president of Wheaton College. He was educated at Wheaton College (IL), Westminster Theological Seminary (PA), and the University of Oxford (UK), from which he received his doctorate in historical theology. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books, includingWritten in Stone: The Ten Commandments and Today’s Moral Crisis and He Speaks to Me Everywhere: Meditations on Christianity and Culture.
You have homework, Team Gilead! I know you aren't used to doing homework to prepare for a sermon, but I promise it's easy. Pastor Brian is going to be sharing with us about "Fight Clubs" this coming Sunday, based off a book by the same name. It's an extremely short book (you can read it in one sitting in about an hour). If one hour seems like too big of a chunk for you to bite off, the book is dividing into 5 chapters. Try reading a chapter a day leading up to this coming Sunday (March 9th, 2014). You can read it online, on your tablet, on your smartphone, or by printing off the document.
The entire book is available for FREE by clicking on the picture below:
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