The God Who Saves
“The Seven Daily Sins” Blog Series
In the Winter 2015 adult and student editions of The Gospel Project, we examine the truth of human sin and the beauty of God’s salvation. With each release we run a blog series that coincides with the topic of that study. We are excited to launch this blog series on the Seven Daily Sins.
- Introduction – Jared Wilson
- Envy – Sharon Hodde Miller
- Greed – Eric Redmond
- Gluttony – Brad Hambrick
- Lust – Heath Lambert
- Pride – Matt Capps
- Wrath – Brian Hedges
- Sloth – Trillia Newbell
“The God Who Saves” Study
We are looking forward to seeing how God uses our study on The God Who Saves. We have a great lineup of writers for this study in Ed Stetzer, Trevin Wax, Jared Wilson, and Eric Mason. The first seven sessions dealing with issues of sin are very practical. We are praying that our users prepare to let God’s Word step on their toes and open their eyes to the ways the “Seven Daily Sins” are manifested in their lives. The remaining five sessions are about “Salvation,” beginning with God’s purpose of grace and ending with the glorious reality of our union with Christ. Our prayer is that the Lord reveals the greatness of our sin and the greatness of our Savior. Here is Ed Stetzer’s foreword to the study:
Which do you want first—the bad news or the good news? I think most would choose the bad news to get it out of the way and then end on a high note, and that’s the choice we’ve made here with the doctrines of sin and salvation, though for a deeper reason. Look through the table of contents of most systematic theologies and you will find a pattern in the order doctrines are addressed—“humanity sins” followed by “God saves.” That’s not by coincidence. In fact, the idea of salvation by necessity involves being saved from something. We can’t properly grasp the good news of salvation without recognizing the bad news of sin and the fallout of death.
But the doctrines of sin and salvation address more than just the one-time experience of conviction and conversion; they address our sanctification. When we are saved from sin, we begin a battle against sin, in the power of the Holy Spirit. We need to know our enemy—how sin moves, where it strikes, and most importantly, how to have victory through the Spirit. In Christ, the war has already been won; walking in the Spirit, we win our daily battles by beholding the glory of Christ our Righteousness (Jer. 23:6; 1 Cor. 1:30).
We know the destructive forces of sin, and we’ve experienced the joy of Christ’s salvation. The reality of these doctrines changes us but also calls us beyond ourselves to proclaim Jesus to the world in the power of the Spirit that others too may hear the good news and be saved from bad news.
If you are not using The Gospel Project in your groups, consider jumping in with us with our winter studies. If you would like to get a feel for how The Gospel Project works, try a full month for free.