The Gospel Project is a new Bible study that will walk students through a systematic theology approach to studying Scripture. If you’re familiar with LifeWay’s Bible study resources for students, you know that we offer a variety of approaches to Bible study. With Life Focus, we start with a topical approach, addressing real life issues students face and examining how God’s Word teaches us to live. With Known, we start with the culture today’s students live in, and then study what the Bible teaches and how that differs from what culture says.
In The Gospel Project, we will be tracing the redemptive thread of Christ throughout the entire Bible. The goal of this study is to help students know and understand what Christ rescued us from, why we needed to be rescued, and what our response to His rescue should be. Each lesson includes three thought provoking devotionals to engage students in God’s Word during the week, an in-class discussion guide for your group gatherings, and a follow-up overview of the lesson. These resources are designed to help leaders unpack the truths of the gospel revealed in Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation.
To get a feel for the study, here is a sample devotional reading from Session 6, focusing on the effects of sin:
Rom. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Eph. 2:1-2 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins2 in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens, the spirit now working in the disobedient.
Everyone likes flowers. They’re great for impressing a date or for sitting on a bookshelf… at least for a while. But over the course of a few days, even the most beautiful flowers start to wither. The reason behind that withering is simple:
Flowers in a vase are dead.
Sure, they look good for a while. They have the appearance of life. But in the end, they are cut off at the stem, and without that link to the root, they are dead. Sure, they might show signs of life for a while, but that beauty is a lie. A wonderful lie, but a lie all the same.
This is an important spiritual truth for us to recognize. Too many people are flowers, not in a garden, but sitting in a vase. They may look pretty, even enhancing the beauty of the room they’re sitting in, but that beauty is a lie. Though they have signs of life, they’re actually spiritually dead; apart from Christ, all of us are cut off from the source of life. And it’s just a matter of time until we start to show the signs of that death rather than life.
Verses like Ephesians 2:1-2 might sound at best pessimistic, and at worst mean, but these are words of love from the Lord. God loves us enough to tell us the truth about ourselves. He’s not content to have us acting like we’re alive; He wants us to be alive. The only way that life happens is through a living and vital connection to the vine of God in Christ.
Pause and Reflect
- Why is Ephesians 2:1-2 rooted in the love of God?
- What does it mean to be spiritually alive?
- Be honest with yourself, are you a flower in a garden or a vase?
For more information or if you would like to see a full sample lesson, you can download one on the student page.