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 Ed Stetzer’s talk:
Theology, Gospel and Mission and why they Matter
YOU are the project… the gospel is constantly working in you.
Theology matters deeply… but it leads us to passion and change.
We need to give more than advice… the gospel is the power to change (which much better than being Oprah).
We don’t want to build information junkies, rather we want to build people passionate about
Don’t confuse minusha for meat.
The gospel, when it sinks in, leads to gospel proclamation.
Many who speak aggressively about theology are disengaged in sharing the gospel.
We have to go deep, but we have to also go ‘out’.
It also involves gospel demonstration.
This most usually happens during small groups, in community. When people get out of sitting in rows and start sitting in circles.
The majority of people in our churches are passive spectators rather than active participants in the service of God.
I wish people would stop acting so much like we’ve arrived, and more like God sent us.
If you can learn to order coffee at Starbucks, you can learn theological language.
You can’t lead what you don’t live. The goal of The Gospel Project is not just to produce learners, but to produce teachers and leaders.
We don’t want to build knowledge addicts and information junkies, but missional co-laborers.
If you go deep, how are you going to get relevant?
Even non-Christians are asking deeper questions these days. We need to be able to explain the Word, but that doesn’t mean that we need to dumb-down the word. Don’t be lazy when you communicate.
When we understand what God has done for us in Christ, the enormity of the Gospel, people start to live for God’s agenda, not our own.
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)