World Harvest Mission is offering The Gospel-Centered Life as a free review pdf download through September. I’ve read it several times through and although I have a review in the works, from the outset it looks solid. From their website:
The Gospel-Centered Life is a nine lesson small group study
intended to help participants understand how the gospel shapes every aspect of life. Each lesson is self-contained, featuring clear teaching from scripture, and requires no extra work outside of the group setting.
- Pastors and leaders who want to spur Gospel renewal in their churches and ministries.
- Church-planters who want to form Gospel DNA in the churches they start.
- Students and campus ministers who are looking to live out the Gospel on campus.
- Christians who want to be more deeply formed around the Gospel.
- Small group leaders who are looking for content that “works” with diverse groups of people.
- Missionaries who are looking for simple material to disciple new Christians.
What people are saying:
This is a rich gospel-centered small group curriculum that I am really excited to see published.
Mark Driscoll, Founding and Preaching Pastor, Mars Hill Church; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network; President, The Resurgence
I have not seen a better resource for training people in the implications of the gospel. It communicates both to the new Christian and to the seasoned pastor, much like the gospel itself.
Darrin Patrick, Lead Pastor of The Journey, St. Louis, MO and Vice President of the Acts 29 Network
With simple and direct language, The Gospel-Centered Life helps people understand and effectively apply the gospel to their lives, regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey. It’s one of the few resources out there that explicitly challenges others to reach out with the gospel, even as it is growing deeper into their own lives. I highly recommend it!
Dr. Steven L. Childers
President & CEO, Global Church Advancement; Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary-Orlando
The phrase “gospel-centered” has become a popular buzzword in Christianity. But just because you talk about the gospel doesn’t mean you’re being transformed by it. I’m familiar with both the publisher and the authors of The Gospel-Centered Life, and I know they are profoundly aware, first and foremost, of their own need for gospel renewal. That’s why I’m so excited to recommend this material to pastors, leaders, and Christians everywhere who long to see gospel transformation in themselves and in their churches.
Founding Pastor, Sojourn Church, Louisville, Kentucky
The authors took the basic concepts of an earlier version of GCL and modified it for their church, blended with some ideas by Tim Keller and John Frame (two ongoing gospel-shaping influences in my life). Hurry, as the deadline for the free review pdf download is September 30. In the meantime, stay tuned for my review of The Gospel-Centered Life.
Click here for an inside look at the authors’ motivation and development of GCL