Covenant Partnership Session 3

The Basics of the Gospel.  Understanding and articulating a gospel centered identity.

Summary:  When we use the word gospel, some of you might think immediately of the prayer of salvation.  Some think that when you become a believer you believe in the gospel, but then you move onto more ‘solid food’.  The term gospel really means good news.  And, this good news is not limited to the beginning of the Christian life, but rather the good news equates to the entirety (even the infinite) of our lives.  The gospel, the good news, is that because of Jesus we can find our acceptance, security, purpose, value, and significance (IDENTITY), in God alone.  No more do we have to look for it in things that will fail us (the world) or in behaviors that we cannot live up to (religion), because we have found identity in God through Jesus alone. 

Before you watch the video, ask the following question:

  1. What do you think is meant by the word “Gospel”?
  2. The new buzz word in many Christian circles is “Gospel-centered”.  What do you think people mean when they say “Gospel-centered”?

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What do the terms acceptance, security, purpose, value, and significance mean to you?
  2. Give examples of where you think people look for these things?
  3. Share a time in your life where you think you were looking for acceptance, security, purpose, value, and/or significance in the world or in religion.
  4. Do you relate better to the younger brother or the older brother in the prodigal son story from Luke 15?
  5. What does it mean to find your identity in God through Christ alone? (Gospel)
  6. How does finding your identity in God through Jesus alone effect the following areas of your life…    
    • Where you spend your time.
    • Where you spend your money.
    • Where you use your talents.
    • What you eat.
    • Who you hang out with. 
  7. Think of people you work with…where do they find their acceptance, security, purpose, value, and significance (IDENTITY)?  How can you pray for and encourage them to see the gospel?

 

For Further thinking:  Read The Prodigal God by Tim Keller and/or How People Change  by Tim Lane.

 

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A Question to prepare you for session 4: What do you think is the over-arching big story of the Bible?