J. D. Greear at The Gospel Project Webcast

I had the opportunity on Wednesday to participate and live-blog The Gospel Project Webcast, live from the LifeWay headquarters in Nashville.  This event included Matt Chandler, J. D. Greear, Ed Stetzer, and Trevin Wax talking about the new Gospel Project that LifeWay is putting out.  There was a ton of great nuggets during the 2 hour webcast.  I’ll share some notes in three separate posts. Here are some of the raw notes I took on J. D. Greear’s talk: How to we ground our applications and ministry in the gospel? The gospel is not just a prayer that we use to get started.  It’s not something that we start with and move on from.  The gospel is not just the diving board, it is the pool itself. Love is not really something that can be commanded.  When we’re forced to love, we often don’t.  Forced love does not create the behavior love is supposed to create. When we tell people to do and act a certain way, they feel held captive and it many times produces resentment and hypocrisy. But when our heart changes, our behavior changes. As we grow deeper in the gospel, change inevitably happens. Any application that lasts absolutely has to be grounded in the gospel.  That is the only thing that has the power to change the heart. Christ’s acceptance is the power that breaks us from sin, the the reward for us keeping from sin. If sin starts as a worship problem, it needs to end as a worship problem.  It is in the light of God’s love that we begin to love God and others. We are always to be opening people’s eyes to the beauty of who God is.  The goal of the sermon is to leave worshipping. Here’s the goal:  What does this story tell us about God?  And what does it point to about Jesus Christ? Q&A How do you tie in all the Bible to Jesus? We can learn things from OT characters, but the stories are there to point, ultimately to Jesus. The hero of every one of our sermons needs to be Jesus. Don’t try to be more gospel-centered than Jesus. What’s the difference between gospel-centered preaching vs. giving the plan of salvation at the end of a sermon? Don’t just tack a Romans Road on the end.  No matter what subject you’re preaching about… the power of that subject ultimately comes through the cross. What are you doing in your church in gospel-centered applications and ministries? We constantly ask:  what does this point to? You can check out The Gospel Project at GospelProject.com.  (Be sure NOT to go to TheGospelProject.com… that is an actual band that is currently playing at Maria’s Taco Express)