The Launch of The Gospel Project
Sunday was the official “kickoff” date for The Gospel Project. It’s been neat to see church leaders tweeting about it in the past few weeks, since a number of churches launched in August. But Sunday was the official beginning. Corina and I started a new group for young married couples at our church this weekend, and it was exciting to think about how so many other churches were thinking through the same themes at the same time.
Sunday was a quiet day for us. We started our new group, enjoyed a lunch fellowship after church, and then relaxed most of the afternoon. It wasn’t until late Sunday night that I got on Twitter and saw the dozens and dozens of tweets from other churches that had launched on the same day. (I’ve included a number of those tweets at the bottom of this post.) Corina and I were overwhelmed with emotion.
Sometimes, it’s easy to get so engrossed in the difficult, day-by-day work that you miss seeing the big picture – that the Spirit is using your labor to glorify Jesus and equip His people. Seeing all the tweets was a reminder of why we do what we do.
Maybe you’re in the midst of the day-to-day ministry and are discouraged. You can’t see all the life change the Spirit is enacting through your faithful preaching of the Word, your faithful presence during the time of trial, and the loving concern you show to the members of your church.
Don’t be discouraged. Even when you can’t see what God is doing, He is working. And when you do get glimpses of His work through you, enjoy them. Let the Spirit lift your spirits.
Gospel Project and Life Change
It was two years ago this month that I first entered into conversations with folks at LifeWay about a new curriculum. This work has been a labor of love, and the Lord has been gracious to bless it the way He has.
The response has been surprising. A few weeks ago, we were projecting 300,000 participants by the end of the year, but as of last week, we already surpassed that number. The adult materials have entered their fourth printing. (We will need to plan better for the winter and spring volumes!) 40,000+ groups. 7000 churches. If the Lord continues to bless this endeavor the way He has, it is possible we will serve half a million people by spring 2013.
Our team often talks about the the fact that the numbers are not what is important. People matter. The reason the numbers are encouraging is because they give us an idea of how many people are studying the Scripture through the Gospel Project every week – how many people are considering themselves God’s “gospel project.”
Last week, Ed Stetzer wrote about how you can get involved:
If you missed the kickoff, and have heard that it is a three-year cycle, don’t worry. You can join the cycle at any point in the cycle. You circle back around to the topic in three years (though with new writers and content).
However, it takes more than simply sitting around and reading the curriculum. It takes training leaders as well.
Training has been a major emphasis for us as we developed The Gospel Project. With something so new, we wanted to make it as easy as possible to train teachers and leaders. So we’ve just released three new training videos (see them all below) designed to help get you started in the classroom, leading The Gospel Project for adults.
More training videos are available here:
One last note on the videos, Trevin Wax is also posting videos of weekly tips for adult leaders. If you are leading a group, be sure to watch these each week for insight into each lesson.
Finally, it’s still not too late to join us. You can find out more here.
Here are some of my favorite tweets from the Twitter feed on Gospel Project from Sunday. Every time I see a church doing Gospel Project on Twitter, I like to stop and pray for that congregation. As you can see, on Sunday, I had a pretty long prayer list!
Our newest Sunday morning bible study class began the
@gospel_project & had its highest attendance yet – 19! God’s people crave His word.
— Daniel Atkins (@jdanielatkins) September 2, 2012
@gospel_project I taught “The God who speaks” this morning in KL, Malaysia… Good stuff!
— Cristian Moscoso (@moscosocristian) September 2, 2012
— Sam Luce (@samluce) September 2, 2012
— Cole Spears (@jcspears85) September 3, 2012
— Dave Miller (@colossians129) September 3, 2012
Our church started The Gospel Project today, Or as my wife calls it, “Jesus in yo face!”
— TheSurlyDeacon (@TheSurlyDeacon) September 3, 2012
@gospel_project with HS and Young Singles today. It was gospelicious, living up to it’s name…
— Justin Bedingfield (@justinbed) September 2, 2012
— Joe Dupree (@JoeDupree86) September 2, 2012
— Jarrod Billings (@JarrodBillings) September 2, 2012
— Chad Tucker (@chadtucker_nc) September 2, 2012
— Brian Pickerel (@brianpick) September 2, 2012
— Jessica (@jcardelle) September 2, 2012
— Mike Dunger (@ModernEzra) September 2, 2012
— Jason Hilliard (@brojasonh) September 2, 2012
@gospel_project our kiddos just love it! Our Teachers are still working out kinks – 1 adult said WOW~~~!!!! Learned something new! 1 lesson
— David W. Griesemer (@DWGriesemer) September 2, 2012
— Drew (@truebluedrew) September 2, 2012