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Gospel-Centered Teaching: Showing Christ in All the Scripture Paperback – October 1, 2013
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This little book helps teachers refocus their teaching, keeping the bigger picture of the whole gospel in view. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Matos
Can we do, have or be anything without Christ? Trevin took the words right of my mouth and put it on paper. Thanks so much!Published 2 months ago by Darren Sarmiento
This is a great book for the christian leaders/teachers at church. It encourages those who are burnt out. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jindog82
Good reminder of the need to ground our teaching and preaching in Christ. Might have to look into getting the Gospel Project curriculumPublished 10 months ago by moost76
I'm a pastor and work really closely with my small group leaders. I found this book to be really helpful for myself but will also try and get it in the hands of them. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Luke Gorsett
Wax does a great job building the case for keeping all of our "Christian" teaching Christian, how to do it, and some great study tips, resources to sharpen us, and practical... Read morePublished 13 months ago by chris hamilton
Every teacher/preacher of the Gospel should read this. It helps point out the problem with preaching moralism and preaching Jesus in all Scripture.Published 13 months ago by Dustin A. Estel
Very helpful book for any teacher of God's word, regardless of the age or size of the class being taught.Published 15 months ago by Jeremy Scott
In being Grace, Gospel – Centered, Jesus Christ- Centered and Kingdom of God- Centered there needs to be more emphasis on the Father God’s and the Son’s presence working in and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Barginear