Do you want to start the year off right by actually understanding what people are talking about when they say “gospel-centered?” Well there are a few options for you.
1. Take a Biblical Theology class from Western Seminary.
2. Make The Jesus Storybook Bible your daily reading… or
3. Read Trevin Wax’s Gospel-Centered Teaching.
Trevin gave some insight on the purpose of his new little book back in November but the subject is as fresh as 2014 and I plan on reading it.
“Let’s face it. As teachers, it’s easy to get wrapped up in some of the details of the Bible stories, the history, or the background. Or to get focused on immediate application for our lives, so that we’re skimming the Bible looking for practical tidbits rather than putting ourselves within this great Story that unfolds in the pages of Scripture. But information alone doesn’t change us. Application alone doesn’t change us. Only Jesus changes us. That’s why the information we present needs to be connected to Christ. And the application we give needs to be grounded in Christ’s work for us too.”
“Some people think they are centered on the gospel because they have an evangelistic presentation at the end of their sermon or small group session. That’s a great thing, but we want to make sure that everything we present is done so in light of Christ’s finished work for us. The gospel isn’t the dessert at the end of the meal. It’s the salt that gives distinctive flavor to the meat and potatoes. Trying to read the Bible without Christ at the center is like trying to read a book in the dark. We read everything in light of Jesus.”
Maybe 2014 will be the year we finally understand each others’ terms!