As we’re gearing up for the next study cycle of The Gospel Project, I’m getting more and more excited. Our team across all of LifeWay has been working very hard to make sure these resources are the best they can be. And it’s not simply a matter of professional pride (meant in the most appropriate way), nor even solely a desire to live up to the values of our organization. It’s something much deeper than that. It’s because we’re talking about the gospel.
We have a tendency to become overly familiar with the gospel in general. It’s the starting point of the Christian faith, after all. You can’t be a Christian truly without believing in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But especially those among us who write and talk about it a lot, who would consider themselves gospel-centered, there’s something else. We can become familiar with it in the sense that it doesn’t create a sense of amazement in us.
But looking at the team I have the privilege to know and work with, the people responsible for making the curriculum that’s used by over a million kids, students, and adults every single week, when we get in a room and start hashing through the nitty-gritty, I don’t see a group of people who are too familiar. I see people who want to continue to inspire that love of the gospel that grips their hearts in others.
And that’s what I’m praying we will continue to see as The Gospel Project goes forward. As we tell the story that changes everything to people of all ages, from youngest to oldest, their hearts will be gripped by the good news of what God prepared from the beginning. The good news that saves us. The good news that changes us day-by-day. The good news we all have a part to play in sharing.
So, may I ask you for a few small things?
- Would you pray for our whole team as we strive to serve churches with this Christ-centered curriculum?
- Would you consider sharing a story of how the gospel is changing you as an encouragement to others?
- Would you consider sharing this video with your church and via your social networks (either the Vimeo or YouTube edition)?