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It's often said that the pulpit drives the church. Often overlooked is the role of gifted, godly teachers and leaders of small groups. The church needs not only pastors and preachers who point us to Jesus, but also teachers and leaders who overflow with love for Christ and love for the lost. Gospel-Centered Teaching will help accomplish this important goal. Superbly written, it is an accessible and helpful guide for leaders who want to ensure that their teaching of the written Word is always pointing others to the Living Word. This will be an extremely valuable tool for the building up of the Body of Christ.
Danny Akin
President of The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC
Pastors, if you are looking for a small book of great impact to give to all your teachers and group leaders this year, Gospel Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax is it. Written to help teachers ground their task in Christ, this book points them to a big God and his sufficient Word, not easy shortcuts or new methods. You will love it and love how much it helps your teachers.
Jason Duesing
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
A helpful resource steeped in good theology and imminently accessible. Perfect for those looking to teach practical insight in the context of the grand narrative.
J.D. Greear
Pastor of Summit Church in Raleigh, NC and author of Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary and Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know For Sure You Are Saved.
Many of us teach the Bible using our instincts—instincts honed through years of Sunday School lessons and small group discussions that focused on how to follow the example of a biblical character or how to apply what we’ve read to our lives right now. To overcome these instincts we’ve got to become convinced there is a better way and provided with tools to retrain them. That’s just what Gospel Centered Teaching provides. Whether you've been teaching for years or are just getting started, you'll gain something from this accessible book. I sure did.
Nancy Guthrie
Author of the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series
Gospel-Centered Theology has fast become a popular term in American Christianity to call us back to the role of the power of Jesus in every area of life. Yet it also has become an unclear genre within American Christianity.  In many ways it has become a movement, but in other ways it has become a fad. Hopefully in our generation, we will see the LORD use this movement in the grand scheme of people coming to know Jesus for the first time and believers understanding that we grow by that same gospel.  That is why, Trevin's resource Gospel-Centered Teaching is a great aid to serve pastor's, teacher's, and disciple makers.  Whenever there is a movement, there has to be resources that serve, resource, and focus it for longterm sustainability.  Hopefully this resource will be used to do this in our time and beyond.
Eric Mason
Lead Pastor of Epiphany Fellowship and President of Thriving
Bible teachers or small group leaders often ask a lot of questions in order to grow in their craft. Trevin raises the question teachers should ask: How can one center every message on Jesus and what he has done? I'll be handing out this wonderful resource to many folks because Trevin explains the what, why, and how of Gospel-centered teaching so clearly and concisely.
Tony Merida
Pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC
At some point every preacher, teacher or small group leader will hear someone express disappointment with their teaching by suggesting that he or she want to “go deeper.”  While these disappointed Bible students may not really know what they mean by “going deeper,” I suspect they may have a correct notion that something’s missing from our teaching.  If we begin a quest to find “what’s” missing, we’ll likely embark on an endless search for “new and better” methods and curricula.  In Gospel-Centered Teaching, Trevin Wax wisely points us to the right question – “Who’s missing?”  The answer, of course, is Jesus.  When we ask “Who’s missing?” from our preaching/teaching, we’ll embark on a quest to find Christ in all of Scripture.  In this short, conversational, and extremely practical book, Trevin serves as an excellent guide who leads us to understand how to teach the Bible with Christ as our focus, the gospel as our center and the entire Bible as one big story about Jesus.  If you want to teach a Christian lesson or preach a Christian sermon that glorifies our Savior and leads the church to live on mission, then you’ll want to read this book!
Juan R. Sanchez, Jr.
Preaching Pastor at High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, TX
Theologically robust teaching and missional passion don't have to be at odds with each other. Properly understood, solid teaching fuels mission because it leads us to Jesus Christ, the Son of God who was sent and now sends. Trevin Wax has given us a brief, easy-to-understand guide to what it means to be focused on Christ in our teaching. I recommend pastors give the book to all their volunteer leaders and teachers. I know I will.
Ed Stetzer
Pastor of Grace Church and President of LifeWay Research in Nashville, TN
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4 that Jesus is the foundation of the church and we must take care how we build upon this foundation.  As a pastor, I am primarily concerned with making sure that every gathering and every ministry of our church is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Since my calling is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:12), it is of critical importance that all the leaders of our church are trained to root all their teaching, counseling, and serving in the Gospel.  I am so thankful for this concise and very practical book, Gospel Centered Teaching.  I plan on distributing this to every one of our community group leaders and I highly recommend all pastors to get this book in the hands of their teachers and lay leaders
Afshin Ziafat
Lead Pastor Providence Church, Frisco, TX

About the Author

Trevin Wax is managing editor of The Gospel Project at LifeWay Christian Resources, a pastor, contributor to Christianity Today, and the author of previous books including Counterfeit Gospelsand Holy Subversion. Trevin lives with his wife and children in Nashville.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433681722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433681721
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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By Joseph T. Cochran on January 15, 2014
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Trevin Wax. Gospel-Centered Teaching: Show Christ in All the Scripture. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing, 2013. 114 pp. $12.99.

I will never forget the first time it clicked. I had been teaching bible lessons in Sunday school for four years. Off and on I succeeded at pointing teens to the gospel. Nonetheless, my effort was precarious at best.

Then one morning I taught on an Old Testament passage about the conquest of Israel. I made a gospel connection between Joshua and Jesus. I pointed these young men to how they are warriors for Christ on conquest for His kingdom on earth. Jesus is the better Joshua. Their goal is to position their life to ask the Lord to “let [His] kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.”

This clicked for those young men. They saw how the Old Testament connected to the gospel and the gospel connected to their mission. That morning we celebrated the gospel and committed to the mission. That is the aim of teaching — go to the gospel!

This is precisely the message that Trevin Wax articulates in Gospel Centered Teaching: Showing Christ in All the Scripture. Trevin Wax is the managing editor of The Gospel Project at LifeWay Christian Resources. He blogs at the The Gospel Coalition and is the author of Holy Subversion, Counterfeit Gospel and Clear Winter Nights. Notably he served as a missionary in Russia, regularly preaches the gospel, and trains others to ably do so. He is a shepherd in his own home. Wax is greatly concerned with feeding the gospel to his children and helping others do so.

Gospel-Centered Teaching is an outstanding contribution to the Christian community. This book will stimulate men and women’s concern with gospel-growth in churches and homes.
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From my earliest days as a Christian, bad Bible teaching frustrated me, but it was all around me. A steady diet of "how-to" sermons and "what does this mean to me" Bible studies left me feeling twitchy. I wanted to "go deeper"—even though I had no idea what that meant.

Initially, I thought it was all about technique. So I started a Bible study where we more or less just focused on the Bible. We covered the basic questions pretty well: "What does the text say," and "what does it mean?" But what I missed pretty consistently was "How am I to live in light of this?" The people in our group wound up getting their heads filled with knowledge, but not necessarily having any sort of heart transformation come as a result.

I continued to stumble along through our Bible study, slowly figuring out that going "deep" isn't just about good information, nor is it about good application. It's about helping people see Jesus clearly in all of Scripture, and how we might become more like him as a result. But you know what would have helped me get there a lot faster? Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax.

In this book, Trevin cuts to the heart of the "going deeper" dilemma by providing a succinct analysis of the problem at hand (our lack of depth and failure to see how everything centers on Jesus in the Scriptures), a powerful exposition of the gospel itself, followed by three practical chapters on what it looks like to show Christ in the Scriptures, from exposition to application to mission.
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Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax is a practical book that admonishes readers to put Jesus at the center of every lesson and sermon. Indeed, Spurgeon's plea in the 19th century to preach the text and then "make a bee-line to the cross" is at the core of this work. The author adds, "Unless you understand the power of life transformation is in the gospel, you'll run after anything and everything else trying to manufacture life change." So we make it our aim to return again and again to Jesus and his gospel.

Gospel-Centered Teaching is a powerful book that reminds readers that the gospel is not merely for the unconverted. Indeed, it not only saves us; it also sustains us in the Christian life. I am reminded of the gentlemen who left a church I served in. The accusation went something like this: "I left the xyz church because all I ever heard from the pulpit was the gospel." This person failed to see that the gospel is not only for salvation; it is life itself and propels Christ-followers into the future by his grace and for his glory.

Wax further elaborates another reason why we must place the gospel at the centered of every lesson and sermon:

We progress in holiness the more we immerse ourselves in the truth that Jesus Christ bled and died to save helpless sinners like you and me. The more we see the depth of our sin, the more we understand the depth of God's grace. Going deep means we must remember there is nothing we can do to make ourselves more acceptable to God ... The gospel-centered teacher understands that the unsaved need the gospel in order to come to know Christ, while the saved need the gospel in order to become more like Christ.

Gospel-Centered Teaching is a necessary antidote for a culture that is awash in moralism. This little book is sure to encourage pastors and teachers to not only maintain fidelity to the gospel; but to keep it at the center of all ministry.

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