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Leadership
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 Theology Gospel Mission 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. Q&A 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)
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Leadership
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)
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Leadership
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 Matt Chandler’s talk: There are massive amount of 20 and 30 somethings that have kept the rules of the Christian life (Christian moralistic deism), but have somehow missed the gospel. We need to return to the gospel message.  It’s too important to miss. Our role as leaders in the faith is that we keep the gospel message in front of our people so they know and understand what they have in Christ. We have to get our people in the Word.  We have to help them find Christ in the big story. Don’t assume that your people ‘get it’.  Constantly bring them back to the story of the Gospel. You have to teach moral framework in the context of the gospel, or people become legalistic lovers of rules. Q&A Why is it so important to help people to see the bigger story and larger context of scripture? You have to fill in the holes for people.  If not, they’ll take just bits and pieces… which can be dangerous. How do you keep the gospel central? It’s the air we breathe.  We’re constantly trying to give our people the 30,000 foot view of the gospel.  We are living in a time that blow our minds… God’s word is penetrating lives all around the world.  We have to push the ball forward during our time here.  The pulpit drives everything.  Currently we’re in Galations.  All of our groups are doing Tim Keller’s study guide, so we’re all headed in the same direction, learning the same thing.  Everything is pointing toward the gospel… we try to keep it central in absolutely everything we do. Why happens when we don’t connect all of scripture to the big story of the gospel? Several errors occur.  The gospel stories turn into a bunch of kid’s stories, or moralistic adventures.  Don’t lie, don’t steal, etc. What’s the connection between holy living and the gospel? Ultimately what you want is what you can’t control:  regeneration.  You fall short every time, but God made the way for you.  The fact is… regeneration allows you to delight in the law.  That’s totally different than keeping a set of rules. Everything changes when we see God as the hero of the story. 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)
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