The Gospel Project – Week 2

Dear Parents,

As we begin to unwrap the big picture of God’s story through the pages of His Word, it is important for boys and girls to grasp a full understanding of how sin entered the world. God’s story starts in the glorious perfection of creation but soon is marred by personal and tragic sin.

Sin is defined as breaking God’s law, and sin separates people from God. When Adam and Eve chose to break the one rule God had given them, sin entered not only their lives, but the lives of all mankind. When Adam and Eve sinned, they failed to give God the glory He deserved.

In God’s glorious way, He chose not to leave Adam, Eve, and all of humanity without hope. God sent His Son, Jesus, to live as Adam didn’t—perfectly sinless. Jesus was God in the form of a man sent to rescue people from their sin.

The last two weeks have been great so far, and the kids are loving The Gospel Project. I believe we will see the fruit of this project for years and years to come.

One of our goals in changing to The Gospel Project has been to get the kids involved in our worship services. We will accomplish this by taking time to let the kids sing their songs in the worship service. Starting this Wednesday, we will begin teaching the songs, as well as some motions to them, during Wednesday night RA’s and GA’s. This will take about 15 minutes at the beginning of class. This starts at 6:30pm each week. I hope everyone can make it.

Have a blessed week and don’t forget to review those cards with your kids!

Jon

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The Gospel Project – Week 1

Dear Parents,

We are so excited your child was able to join us this week for the kickoff of The Gospel Project for Kids! This week began a three-year chronological study of Scripture. Each week’s study will build upon the previous week, and we can’t wait to help boys and girls discover the big picture of God’s story.

God’s story begins with creation. This week we learned what God made during the six days of creation—from light and stars to birds and people! Everything God made is good. Have you ever wondered why butterflies exist or why the sky explodes with vivid color when the sun sets? The Bible says that all things were created for Jesus (Colossians 1:16-17).

We also found out that God didn’t just create people for no reason. He created people with a purpose: to know, love and glorify Him. Colossians 1:15-22 reveals that Christ is ruler over all of God’s creation. All of creation was created by Him, through Him, and for Him. It’s all about Jesus! Everything was created to give glory to God, but people would choose not to give Him glory. The rest of the Bible reveals how Jesus would restore the relationship between God and man.

Remember to use the cards you were given to review the Big Picture Question and Answer with your kids. These cards are one of my favorite things about The Gospel Project. They will help make remembering their lessons easy, and it will provide the building blocks they need for fully understanding the Bible in its proper context. Also, you should have received a family journal page. The family journal page is just another way to reinforce the lesson.

Finally, I am extremely excited that the kids loved it. I heard several of the kids say they had lots of fun, wanted to stay all the way through big church, and that they can’t wait to come back next week. Invite a friend this week to be a part of The Gospel Project.

Blessings,

Jon

The Gospel Project and Spaghetti

So you’re asking, “What does the Gospel Project have to do with spaghetti?” Well, nothing really, except for August 26th after the morning church service.

Parents and grandparents of Calvary Baptist Church, this is your official invitation to a wonderful spaghetti luncheon prepared by none other than your absolutely fabulous hostess crew. If you have a child or grandchild then we want you to come and relax with us and get to know The Gospel Project. I have been involved in ministry for about 12 years now, and I have never been as excited about a curriculum as I am The Gospel Project.

The Gospel Project for Kids is a Christ-centered Bible study resource that follows a chronological timeline of Bible events—presenting the story of redemption through Jesus like kids have never seen it before! Each week, these stories come to life through video, music, activities, and more.

Parents and grandparents please join us following the morning church service on August 26th in the fellowship hall for a great lunch and preview of The Gospel Project. I believe your kids are going to love this, and you just might too. Please RSVP to the church office by Thursday, August 23rd if you will be able to attend.

I also want to encourage you to invite a family to come with you for this preview. The lunch is free and childcare will be provided.

It all starts September 2nd at 9:15am.

Because of Grace,

Jon

The Gospel Project – Preschool Introduction Videos

One of the things I love about The Gospel Project are the introductory videos and discussion starter videos for each class. Video based curriculums are a dime-a-dozen these days, and most are either too cheesy to show or just don’t make the connection between truth and the illustration used. The Gospel Project has found a great balance to the videos. They are funny and cute for kids, but not cheesy. They also make a great point and discussion actually takes place because of them.

For example, check out this video on creation for the kindergartners:

 

Now kindergartners really don’t have a great grasp of all the issues in this video. They don’t understand the varying worldviews between evolution and creationism. But, what they can begin to understand is that God created everything. In fact, that’s the big picture they will take away from their first lesson – God created everything for His glory.

I showed this video to a friend and they thought it would be way over a child’s head. I must disagree. I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old, both of which watched this video. They laughed and thought talking cupcakes were silly, but it launched a great conversation about how God created us all. WE MUST NEVER SHY AWAY FROM TEACHING DEEP TRUTHS TO A CHILD. Sometimes I think they get it more than us adults do. The Gospel Project does an outstanding job of teaching these truths to preschoolers.

I praise God for The Gospel Project! Tomorrow we’ll preview the introduction video for elementary age children on creation. It is fantastic.

Blessings,

Jon

Introducing the The Gospel Project

Over the next month I will be using my blog to introduce The Gospel Project to the parents at my church. We will begin using the Gospel Project material in Sunday school starting with the Fall quarter that begins on September 2nd. I have been in ministry full time for almost 7 years now, and I have never found a curriculum that I am overly excited about…until now. The Gospel Project is designed for whole church use – kids, youth, and adults – though we will only be utilizing it with our kindergartners through youth classes. Today I want to introduce you to the children’s material.

The Gospel Project for Kids is a Christ-centered Bible study resource that follows a chronological timeline of Bible events—presenting the story of redemption through Jesus like kids have never seen it before! Each week, these stories come to life through video, music, activities, and more. Below is an introductory video for the children.

 

Over the next month I will be sharing a lot about The Gospel Project, and I may just be blowing up your Facebook newsfeed for a while. I am thankful for the Gospel Project on so many levels. I simply cannot express the excitement I have going into the Fall quarter as I look forward to using this material for our kindergartners through youth.

Just to let you in on a little bit of info behind The Gospel Project curriculum, I would like to share with you the list of Christian leaders who were consulted when developing this curriculum. This list may not mean a lot to you if you are not familiar with the names, but trust me when I say that these men and women are some of the brightest and most gifted leaders in our world today.

  • Ed Stetzer – General Editor of The Gospel Project, President of LifeWay Research
  • Treven Wax – Managing Editor of The Gospel Project, former missionary and pastor in Romania
  • D.A. Carson – Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Ill.
  • Matt Chandler – Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas
  • James MacDonald – Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Chicago, Ill.
  • Daniel Akin – President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C.
  • J.D. Greear – Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, N.C.
  • Eric Mason – Lead Pastor, Epiphany Fellowship, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Kimberly Thornbury – Dean of Students, Union University, Jackson, Tenn.
  • Jay Noh – Director of Missional Leadership and Mobilization, Chicago Baptist Association, Chicago, Ill.
  • Joe Thorn – Lead Pastor, Redeemer Fellowship, St. Charles, Ill.
  • Juan Sanchez – Preaching Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
  • Collin Hansen – Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition / Editor-at-Large,Christianity Today, Montvale, N.J.

Lastly, here is a video of Matt Chandler, pastor of the Village Church in Dallas, TX, introducing the main idea behind The Gospel Project.

 

Have  a Blessed Day!

Jon

Morning Roudup 3/23

The first thing I do each day is go through my Google Reader. Reader is a great web program from Google that allows you to follow all your blogs and news resources systematically on one sight. Instead of blowing up your Facebook newsfeed, I figured I’d gather them up this morning and share them. So here they are…

Presidential Approval Rating vs Church Approval Rating – What can we do about this? (other than complain) Seriously.  Any ideas?

Without an Invitation, It’s Just a Story – There are lots of criticisms these days on invitations and altar calls, this sheds some good light on them. What do you think?

You are not the first Domino – Good word here for us prideful people.

Chick-fil-a and the Irony of the Tolerance Police – I don’t even have words to express my disappointment in the foolishness of the world and how they have treated the recent Chick-fil-a comments. God help us. Seriously.

All Sons and Daughters – The live sessions from All Sons and Daughters at Relevant Studios are up for your viewing. Great band. Great music. Go listen.

Amazon’s Yesterday Shipping – Excellent

Morning Roundup 3/14

Not a lot going on this morning and a busy day ahead…

Visual Theology – Tim Challies recently started a series called “Visual Theology” in which he takes a particular doctrine and makes it easy to understand through a visual picture. This one on the Trinity is excellent.

The Welcome of Grace – Jared Wilson writes, “I remind myself and my church often that a message of grace may attract people, but a culture of grace will keep them.” If you haven’t read Jared Wilson’s book, Gospel Wakefulness, you should go get it. It’s one of the best books I have read in a long time. The introduction alone is worth the cost of the book.

The Challenges We Face – Al Mohler writes about what the next generation of ministers will have to get right in order to continue the work of the Gospel.

Yosemite HD

 

This is Discipling – I think this video oversimplifies things a little and may lead one to think that Great Commission is simply to love, liberate, lead, and launch. I’m going to guess this church plans to expand on those through 4 sermons. Perhaps they can squeeze out the mission of the church from those 4 ideas. Either way, I think this video does a great job of stressing the fact that we are often doing too many things that don’t matter while not focusing on what does matter.

 

That’s it for today…Because of Grace,

Jon

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