Beginning Sunday mornings starting Sept 16th our Elders will begin walking through what is called The Gospel Project from 8:45-9:45am.

The Gospel Project is a Christ-centered curriculum that examines the grand narrative of Scripture and how the gospel transforms the lives of those it touches. Over a three-year plan of study, each session immerses participants — adults, students, and kids — in the gospel through every story, theological concept, and call to missions from Genesis to Revelation.

I want to share with you why I’m excited about the Gospel Project.

I grew up in Christian home and spent some time in a church…but not all the time. For a number of years I didn’t attend. I was around enough to learn the language…there is a church language that you pick and learn to use. I knew enough of the popular stories to get by and I heard enough Christian prayers that I could manage to say one if called upon.  

I found in the church that it’s easy to reach a point when it’s assumed you should know certain things (truths, stories, theological concepts). When you don’t you either learn to keep quiet or you try really hard to fake it. It’s almost like you don’t want to admit “I don’t know” so you don’t say anything. The Christian life, or at least church life, can easily become something geared toward those who you want on your team for a game of Bible trivial pursuit.

I remember as a high school student coming back into the church and hearing the pastor say, “Well you know the story about…” and thinking to myself “No, I don’t but clearly I should!” Basically, it’s assumed that people know what the pastor is talking. I didn’t. Instead of admitting it, I kept quite.

Author DA Carson, in quoting his colleague, says one generation believes the gospel, the next generation assumes the gospel, and the following generation denies the gospels.

Believe. Assume. Deny.

If you’ve been at church for a while or have grown up in a church it’s easy to assume. I know every experience is unique, but I can’t help but think there are others who have a similar experience. I don’t want us to assume the gospel. I want us to know it and love it. I want us to have a foundation that is built on Christ and to see Scripture as pointing to Christ. He is the hero of the book.

That is why this September we are beginning the Gospel Project. It is offered at 8:45 on Sunday mornings. Childcare is provided. We will be running a corresponding program for our
Jr and Sr high students during that same hour. This will be our primary teaching time for our youth. The Village kids, during the 10 o’clock hour will be walking through the same curriculum. As a church we’ll be moving in the same direction and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m convinced that hose who come will be blessed. Will you come?

Let us know you’re coming by emailing dustin@renbible.org. We want to make sure we have adequate space for our group and care for our children.

James